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Pens Draft History - Ryan Malone

Monday, 06.11.2012 / 6:00 AM / Features
By Greg Fernandez
The Pittsburgh Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22nd and 23rd. In the days leading up to the draft, PittsburghPenguins.com will be highlighting some past draft selections throughout Penguins' history.


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1999 - 4th round - 67th overall

After receiving a call-up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after the 2002-03 season, left winger Ryan Malone cemented himself as a top-six forward for the Penguins over the next four seasons.  The Pittsburgh native enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign with the Penguins in 2004, lighting the lamp a team-high 22 times while also dishing out 21 assists to accumulate 43 points - good for third on the team. Malone, who’s father  was the Penguins head scout at the time, was named to the 2004 NHL All-Rookie team and his 43 points ranked fourth amongst NHL rookies.

Following the NHL lockout in 2004-05, the physical forward began to take on a more prevalent power-play role during his sophomore season, tallying 10 power-play goals in 2005-06. Malone also became one of the team’s premier penalty killers, scoring a career-high five shorthanded goals in the Pens’ last 33 games of the season.

During Malone’s final season with Pittsburgh in 2007-08, the left winger enjoyed a career year, posting career highs in goals (27) and points (51) while also tallying 24 assists. Malone also scored a career-high six game-winning goals while finishing third on the team with a career-high 11 power-play goals. Malone continued to shine throughout the 2008 playoffs, totaling 16 points (6G-10A) in 20 games as the Pens fell to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final.

Malone scored 20-plus goals and dished out 20-plus assists three times during his time in Pittsburgh. He would go on to score 169 points (87G-82A) in 299 career games with the Pens. Malone is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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