The Pittsburgh Penguins have some rich hockey history in the NHL and there’s a lot of players to thank for that. However, only four of them can be named to the franchise’s Mount Rushmore.
The Pens won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and ’92 as well as 2016 and ’17.
Let’s not forget the Pens won it all in 2009 even after a coaching change during the year.
Without further delay let’s go over the top four players in Pittsburgh’s history.
This was a no-brainer.
Sid the Kid has a knack for adding to his trophy case and is arguably the face of the NHL.
The soon-to-be 33-year old captain already has been a part of three Stanley Cup teams since he entered the league back in 2006.
Sid has accumulated 462 goals, 801 assists, and 1,263 points during his Hall of Fame-caliber career in the Steel City.
Of course, it would be wrong to not mention Crosby’s eight All-Star selections.
It’s safe to say Sid deserves to be on the Penguins Mount Rushmore.
There’s absolutely no doubt that Mario deserves to be on this list after making the Hall of Fame with 690 goals, 1,033 assists, and 1,723 points.
He spent all of his 17 years with the Pittsburgh Penguins and is one of the best to ever put on a pair of skates.
Mario is a three-time recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy and was on two Stanley Cup teams.
He also earned the Lester B. Pearson Award(now known as the Ted Lindsay Award) three times and he is a nine-time All-Star.
Lemieux also received the Art Ross Trophy six times and the Conn Smythe Trophy twice.
The eight-time All-Star spent 11 seasons in Pittsburgh before going to Washington in 2001.
Jagr won the Ross award five times and was first in the NHL in points five times before his departure from the Steel City.
Jagr also scored 439 goals and tallied 1,079 points as a Penguin.
He also made six All-Star teams as a Pen.
Malkin is one of the main cogs in Pittsburgh and forms a scary 1-2 punch with Crosby every season.
The 2008-09 Smythe winner has spent his entire 14-year career as a Penguin and has 416 goals.
Malkin is a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner and earned the Calder Memorial Trophy during his 33-goal rookie campaign.
Even though many fans might consider Malkin to be playing second fiddle to Crosby, he’s still one of the best players in Pens’ history.
Malkin has been money in the playoffs and his numbers don’t differ that much from Crosby’s.
In 162 playoff games, Malkin has 63 goals and 27 power-play goals. In 164 playoff games, Crosby has 66 goals and 19 power-play goals.
There were also plenty of times where Malkin had to step up and lead the Pens when Crosby was out due to injury.
Tons of players have left their mark on the Pens franchise, but Malkin, Crosby, Lemieux, and Jagr need to be on Pitt’s Mount Rushmore due to everything they have accomplished.
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