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2020-21 Pittsburgh Penguins’ franchise milestone guide

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A look at Crosby and Malkin’s attempts to break the Pittsburgh career numbers of Lemieux and Jagr

NHL: MAR 08 Hurricanes at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In the quiet and calm before the storm coming with the draft and free agency right around the corner, let’s change our focus to where the Penguins’ franchise ledger stands on some key categories and what records could be bound to change in the year ahead.

Games Played:

  1. Sidney Crosby - 984
  2. Mario Lemieux - 915
  3. Evgeni Malkin - 907
  4. Kris Letang - 808
  5. Jaromir Jagr - 806
  6. Jean Pronovost - 753

Crosby will still be seeking the magical 1,000 games played mark in what will be his 16th (!!!!) NHL season in 2020-21. Malkin is closing on on passing Lemieux in just a handful of games, which seems really surreal to imagine No. 71 has more games in his career than No. 66 did.

The next active Penguin (Patric Hornqvist) is down in 29th place with 407 games.

Goals:

  1. M. Lemieux - 690
  2. S. Crosby - 462
  3. J. Jagr - 439
  4. E. Malkin - 416
  5. J. Pronovost - 316

Lemieux’s team goal record looks as secure as it ever has been, with Crosby only scoring 16 goals in his age-32 season that was stunted due to surgery and pandemic. Malkin has a pretty good shot at leap-frogging Jagr this season, assuming it is a full 82-game season.

Letang, with a 15 goal 2019-20, is up to 127 career goals, most among Pens’ d-men. That’s put some distance on Paul Coffey’s second place 108 goals (in just 331 games in the black and gold!). A few more goals and Letang will have over double the career goals of all defensemen in franchise history not named Coffey or Larry Murphy (78).

Game-Winning Goals:

  1. J. Jagr - 78
  2. M. Lemieux - 74
  3. E. Malkin - 73
  4. S. Crosby - 64
  5. J. Pronovost - 42

A rare category where the old guard of Lemieux and Jagr still rank above Crosby and Malkin, though Geno is closing in very quickly. Malkin is in a great position to move up to the very top of this list in the near future, he recorded 5 GWG’s in 2019-20.

Assists:

  1. M. Lemieux - 1,033
  2. S. Crosby - 801
  3. E. Malkin - 660
  4. J. Jagr - 640
  5. Ron Francis - 449
  6. K. Letang - 381

Malkin passed Jagr on the assist ledger in 2019-20 to move into third place, a spot he’s likely to finish in when it’s all said and done. Crosby got past the 800 assist plateau this season and depending on how much longer he plays he could well pass Lemieux at some point. Last season was a bit of an outlier, but Sid has averaged 50.25 assists over the last four seasons. If he can continue that rate deep into his 30’s, that would mean he’s about five seasons from getting to Lemieux.

Points:

  1. M. Lemieux - 1,723
  2. S. Crosby - 1,263
  3. J. Jagr - 1,079
  4. E. Malkin - 1,076
  5. Rick Kehoe - 636

Malkin inches ever so close to surpassing Jagr in this category, which looks sure to happen early in the next season. Crosby is 460 points back of Lemieux, and has averaged 81.25 points in his last four seasons. If he’s able to keep that pace up, it would take six seasons to pass him up. At this point it’s looking like Lemieux may keep his number one spot for points.

Other realistically attainable individual notable milestones to keep an eye on for career marks-

Jake Guentzel: 2 goals shy of 100, currently sitting at 200 career points.

Brian Dumoulin: 53 games away from 400, 18 points away from 100

Patric Hornqvist: 30 games away from 800 total NHL games, 20 points away from 500

Jason Zucker: 29 games away from 500 career NHL games, 45 points away from 300

Kasperi Kapanen: 10 points away from 100 career NHL points