1972–73 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1972–73 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 5th West
1972–73 record 32–37–9
Goals for 257
Goals against 260
Team information
General Manager Jack Riley
Coach Red Kelly
Captain None
Alternate captains Syl Apps
Bryan Hextall
Ken Schinkel
Team leaders
Goals Al McDonough (35)
Assists Syl Apps (56)
Points Syl Apps (85)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Watson (179)
Wins Jim Rutherford (20)
Goals against average Jim Rutherford (2.91)

The 1972–73 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise's sixth season in the National Hockey League.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

West Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 78 42 27 9 284 225 +59 93
2 Philadelphia Flyers 78 37 30 11 296 256 +40 85
3 Minnesota North Stars 78 37 30 11 254 230 +24 85
4 St. Louis Blues 78 32 34 12 233 251 −18 76
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 32 37 9 257 265 −8 73
6 Los Angeles Kings 78 31 36 11 232 245 −13 73
7 Atlanta Flames 78 25 38 15 191 239 −48 65
8 California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 213 323 −110 48


Schedule and results[edit]

1972–73 Game log[2]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

The Penguins failed to make the 1973 playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[4]
Player GP W L T GA SO
Rutherford, JamesJames Rutherford 49 20 22 5 129 3
Herron, DenisDenis Herron 18 6 7 2 55 2
Brown, AndyAndy Brown 9 3 4 2 41 0
Newton, CamCam Newton 11 3 4 0 35 0
Total 32 37 9 260 5

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1972–73 season:

Trades[edit]

October 1, 1972 To Atlanta Flames

John McKenzie

To Pittsburgh Penguins

cash

October 6, 1972 To Detroit Red Wings

Roy Edwards

To Pittsburgh Penguins

cash
1973 3rd round pick
1974 2nd round pick

October 30, 1972 To Atlanta Flames

Brian McKenzie

To Pittsburgh Penguins

cash

January 8, 1973 To St. Louis Blues

Joe Noris

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Jim Shires

February 25, 1973 To Detroit Red Wings

1973 3rd round pick
cash

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Andy Brown

March 2, 1973 To New York Rangers

Sheldon Kannegiesser

To Pittsburgh Penguins

player to be named (Steve Andrascik)

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Jim Wiley Lake Superior State Lakers free agency (1972–06–25)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Les Binkley Ottawa Nationals (WHA) free agency (1972)
Wally Boyer Winnipeg Jets (WHA) free agency (1972)
Val Fonteyne Alberta Oilers (WHA) free agency (1972)
Dunc McCallum Houston Aeros (WHA) free agency (1972)
Tim Horton Buffalo Sabres Intra-League Draft (1972–06–05)
Bob Leiter Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft (1972–06–06)
Keith McCreary Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft (1972–06–06)
John Stewart Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft (1972–06–06)

Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
26 Canada Apps Jr., SylSyl Apps Jr. C R 25 1964 Toronto, Ontario
29/30 Canada Brown, AndyAndy Brown G L 29 Undrafted Hamilton, Ontario
10 Canada Burns, RobinRobin Burns LW L 26 Undrafted Montreal, Quebec
4 Canada Burrows, DavidDavid Burrows D L 24 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
20 Canada Cardwell, SteveSteve Cardwell LW L 22 1970 Toronto, Ontario
25 Canada Edestrand, DarrylDarryl Edestrand D L 27 Undrafted Strathroy, Ontario
11 Poland Harbaruk, NickNick Harbaruk RW R 29 Undrafted Drohiczyn, Poland
1 Canada Herron, DenisDenis Herron G L 20 1972 Chambly, Quebec
7 Canada Hextall Jr., BryanBryan Hextall Jr. C L 31 Undrafted Winnipeg, Manitoba
14/15 Canada Kessell, RickRick Kessell C L 23 1969 Toronto, Ontario
24 Canada Lagace, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Lagace D R 28 Undrafted L'Abord-a-Plouffe, Quebec
16 Canada Lalonde, RobertRobert Lalonde C L 20 1972 Toronto, Ontario
3 Canada Lynch, JackJack Lynch D R 20 1972 Toronto, Ontario
18 Canada MacDonald, LowellLowell MacDonald LW R 31 Undrafted New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
9 Canada McDonough, AlAl McDonough RW R 22 1970 Hamilton, Ontario
1/30 Canada Newton, CamCam Newton G L 23 1970 Peterborough, Ontario
22 Canada Polis, GregGreg Polis RW L 22 1970 Westlock, Alberta
19 Canada Pronovost, JosephJoseph Pronovost RW R 27 Undrafted Shawinigan Falls, Quebec
2 Canada Rupp, DuaneDuane Rupp D L 35 Undrafted MacNutt, Saskatchewan
29 Canada Rutherford, JamesJames Rutherford G L 24 1969 Beeton, Ontario
12 Canada Schinkel, KenKen Schinkel RW R 40 Undrafted Jansen, Saskatchewan
17 Canada Schock, RonRon Schock C L 29 Undrafted Chapleau, Ontario
23 Canada Shack, EddieEddie Shack LW L 36 Undrafted Sudbury, Ontario
27 Canada Shires, JimJim Shires LW L 27 Undrafted Edmonton, Alberta
5 Canada Watson, BryanBryan Watson D R 30 Undrafted Bancroft, Ontario
8 Canada Wiley, ThomasThomas Wiley C L 23 Undrafted Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Draft picks[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins' picks at the 1972 NHL Entry Draft.[5]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 24[a] Jack Lynch Defence  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)
2 30 Bernie Lukowich Right Wing  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
3 40 Denis Herron Goaltender  Canada Trois Rivieres Ducs (QMJHL)
4 56 Robert Lalonde Center  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
5 72 Brian Walker Center  Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
6 88 Jeff Ablett Left Wing  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
7 104 D'Arcy Keating Defence  Canada Notre Dame (NCAA)
8 120 Yves Bergeron Right Wing  Canada Shawinigan Bruins (QMJHL)
9 136 Jay Babcock Left Wing  Canada London Knights (OHA)
10 149 Don Atchison Goaltender  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
Draft notes[6]

References[edit]