From “Phantom Joe” Malone to
Claude Giroux Connor McDavid, the NHL has seen its fair share of superstars in its 102 years of existence. And although the Pittsburgh Penguins have been around for a little over 50 of those 102 years, there undoubtedly has come a time as a fan where you said: “I wish he was on our team!”
Now, it may be hard to pick just one player for this challenge, but that’s also part of the fun.
Financial limitations of a pre-salary cap era are not being accounted for here. The only catch of this hypothetical scenario is that you can only choose your player if he has played from the Penguins’ inaugural 1967 season to present day.
Many may be inclined to form a “super team” by adding Wayne Gretzky or McDavid or Alex Ovechkin, but as for my pick, I’m going for something a bit different.
Martin St. Louis.
Often cited as a diminutive goalscorer with speed, it always seemed like nothing could stop St. Louis’ shot even in a land of rough-and-tumble-mucking-and-grinding big men.
The undrafted winger would have been quite the spark to those lowly Penguins teams of the late-90’s and early-2000’s.
A combination of St. Louis, Jaromir Jagr, and a rejuvenated Mario Lemieux is pretty fun to play out in your head. Or St. Louis with a young Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury. That would have been one fun dynamic to watch as time went on as well.
Of course, with St. Louis on the roster, it’s possible the Penguins are never in a position to draft any of the names above. But playing fantasy GM for a day allows us to conjure up all sorts of fun “what-if” scenarios.
Keep the fun going and let me know down below who you would pick to join the Penguins and possibly change the landscape of the NHL forever!