1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 6th Patrick
Conference 9th Wales
1987–88 record 36–35–9
Goals for 319
Goals against 316
Team information
General Manager Eddie Johnston
Coach Pierre Creamer
Captain Dan Frawley (Oct-Dec)
Mario Lemieux (Dec-Apr)
Alternate captains Mario Lemieux (Oct-Dec)
Dan Quinn
Unknown
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Mario Lemieux (70)
Assists Mario Lemieux (98)
Points Mario Lemieux (168)
Penalties in minutes Rod Buskas (206)
Wins Steve Guenette (12)
Goals against average Steve Guenette (3.35)

The 1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the Penguins' 21st season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Penguins did not qualify for the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Penguins were involved in one of the closest playoff races in NHL history, as they competed down the stretch with the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot in the Patrick Division. Despite two hefty losses to New Jersey in the last two weeks of the season, the Penguins gave themselves hope with a 7-6 overtime win against the Washington Capitals in their second to last game of the season. On the last day of the season, the Penguins defeated the Hartford Whalers 4-2 and moved ahead of New York and New Jersey. However, this position was temporary as the Rangers shut out Quebec, 3-0, to move back ahead of the Penguins. The Devils had the last laugh as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime on a goal by John MacLean to claim the fourth and final Patrick Division playoff spot ahead of the Rangers and Penguins.

The Penguins finished the regular season 1st in power-play opportunities (500), power-play opportunities against (507), power-play goals against (120) and short-handed goals allowed (19).[1]

Final standings[edit]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
New York Islanders 80 39 31 10 308 267 88
Philadelphia Flyers 80 38 33 9 292 292 85
Washington Capitals 80 38 33 9 281 249 85
New Jersey Devils 80 38 36 6 295 296 82
New York Rangers 80 36 34 10 300 283 82
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 35 9 319 316 81

[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

1987–88 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

The Penguins missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[4]
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Guenette, SteveSteve Guenette 19 1091:05 12 7 0 61 3.35 582 0.895 1 0 0 2
Pietrangelo, FrankFrank Pietrangelo 21 1202:47 9 11 0 80 3.99 599 0.866 1 0 2 2
Meloche, GillesGilles Meloche 27 1390:26 8 9 5 95 4.10 720 0.868 0 0 0 0
Riggin, PatrickPatrick Riggin 22 1168:55 7 8 4 76 3.90 579 0.869 0 0 0 12
Total 4853:13 36 35 9 312 3.86 2480 0.874 2 0 2 16

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.

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1987–88 season:

Trades[edit]

November 24, 1987 To Edmonton Oilers

Dave Hannan
Chris Joseph
Moe Mantha
Craig Simpson

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Paul Coffey
Dave Hunter
Wayne Van Dorp

December 17, 1987 To Montreal Canadiens

future considerations (1988 3rd round pick)

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Perry Ganchar
future considerations (1988 3rd round pick)

February 4, 1988 To Los Angeles Kings

Chris Kontos
future considerations (1988 6th round pick)

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Bryan Erickson

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Jimmy Mann Quebec Nordiques free agency (1987-06-16)
Pat Mayer Muskegon Lumberjacks (IHL) free agency (1987-07-10)
Jock Callander St. Louis Blues free agency (1987-07-31)
Mark Kachowski Flint Spirits (IHL) free agency (1987-08-31)
Wilf Paiement Buffalo Sabres free agency (1987-09-10)
Charlie Simmer Boston Bruins Waiver Draft (1987-10-05)
Scott Gruhl Muskegon Lumberjacks (IHL) free agency (1987-12-14)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
John Chabot Detroit Red Wings free agency (1987-06-25)
Neil Belland Lukko (SM-liiga) free agency
Kevin LaVallee Innsbrucker EV (Austria) free agency
Terry Ruskowski Minnesota North Stars free agency (1987-07)
Dwight Schofield Winnipeg Jets free agency (1987-07)
Mike Blaisdell Toronto Maple Leafs free agency (1987-07-10)
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Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
35 Canada Aitken, BradBrad Aitken LW L 20 1986 Scarborough, Ontario
3 Canada Bodger, DougDoug Bodger D L 21 1984 Chemainus, British Columbia
29 United States Bourque, PhilPhil Bourque LW L 25 Undrafted Chelmsford, Massachusetts
44 Canada Brown, RobertRobert Brown RW L 20 1986 Kingston, Ontario
7 Canada Buskas, RodRod Buskas D R 27 1981 Wetaskiwin, Alberta
36 Canada Callander, JockJock Callander RW R 27 Undrafted Regina, Saskatchewan
2 Canada Charlesworth, ToddTodd Charlesworth D R 23 1983 Calgary, Alberta
77 Canada Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey D L 26 1980 Weston, Ontario
15 Canada Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW L 27 1980 Etobicoke, Ontario
4 United States Dahlquist, ChristopherChristopher Dahlquist D L 25 Undrafted Fridley, Minnesota
14 United States Erickson, BryanBryan Erickson C R 28 Undrafted Roseau, Minnesota
12 Canada Errey, BobBob Errey LW L 23 1983 Montreal, Quebec
28 Canada Frawley, WilliamWilliam Frawley RW R 25 1980 Sturgeon Falls, Ontario
8 Canada Ganchar, PerryPerry Ganchar RW R 24 1982 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
17 Canada Giffin, LeeLee Giffin RW R 21 1985 Comrose, Saskatchewan
32 Canada Goertz, DaveDave Goertz D R 23 1983 Edmonton, Alberta
16 Canada Gotaas, SteveSteve Gotaas C R 21 1985 Chatham, Ontario
38 Canada Gruhl, KennethKenneth Gruhl LW L 28 Undrafted Port Colborne, Ontario
30 Canada Guenette, SteveSteve Guenette G L 22 Undrafted Gloucester, Ontario
23 Canada Hillier, RandyRandy Hillier D L 28 1980 Toronto, Ontario
20 Canada Hunter, DavidDavid Hunter LW R 30 1978 Petrolia, Ontario
6 United States Johnson, JamesJames Johnson D L 25 Undrafted New Hope, Minnesota
26 Canada Kachowski, MarkMark Kachowski LW L 23 Undrafted Edmonton, Alberta
11 Finland Kurkinen, RistoRisto Kurkinen LW R 25 1987 Jyväskylä, Finland
66 Canada Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux C R 22 1984 Montreal, Quebec
24 Canada Loney, TroyTroy Loney LW L 24 1982 Bow Island, Alberta
18 Canada Mann, JamesJames Mann RW R 29 1979 Montreal, Quebec
34 Canada Mathiasen, DwightDwight Mathiasen RW R 24 Undrafted Brandon, Manitoba
32 United States Mayer, PatrickPatrick Mayer D R 26 Undrafted Royal Oak, Michigan
19 Canada McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain C L 20 1986 Seaforth, Ontario
27 Canada Meloche, GillesGilles Meloche G R 37 1970 Montreal, Quebec
9 Canada Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW R 32 1974 Earleton, Ontario
40 Canada Pietrangelo, FrankFrank Pietrangelo G L 23 1983 Niagara Falls, Ontario
10 Canada Quinn, DanDan Quinn C L 22 1983 Ottawa, Ontario
1 Canada Riggin, PatrickPatrick Riggin G R 29 1979 Kincardine, Ontario
25 Canada Schmidt, NormNorm Schmidt D R 25 1981 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
13/16 Canada Simmer, CharlesCharles Simmer LW R 34 1974 Terrace Bay, Ontario
5 Finland Siren, VilleVille Siren D L 24 1983 Tampere, Finland
25 United States Stevens, KevinKevin Stevens LW L 23 1983 Brockton, Massachusetts
22 Canada Van Dorp, WayneWayne Van Dorp LW L 27 Undrafted Burnaby, British Columbia
11 Canada Young, WarrenWarren Young C R 32 1976 Toronto, Ontario
33 Canada Zalapski, ZarleyZarley Zalapski D L 20 1986 Edmonton, Alberta

Draft picks[edit]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 5 Chris Joseph Defense  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
2 26 Richard Tabaracci Goaltender  Canada Cornwall Royals (OHL)
3 47 Jamie Leach Right Wing  United States Hamilton Steelhawks (OHL)
4 68 Risto Kurkinen Left Wing  Finland JyP HT Jyvaskyla (FNL)
5 89 Jeff Waver Defense  Canada Hamilton Steelhawks (OHL)
6 110 Shawn McEachern Left Wing  United States Matignon H.S. (Massachusetts)
7 131 James Bodden Center  Canada Chatham (SOJHL)
8 152 Jiri Kucera Right Wing  Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava (Czech)
9 173 Jack MacDougall Right Wing  United States New Prep School (Massachusetts)
10 194 Daryn McBride Center  Canada U. of Denver (NCAA)
11 215 Mark Carlson Left Wing  United States (Philadelphia Jrs.)
12 236 Ake Lilljebjorn Goaltender  Sweden Brynäs IF Gävle (SEL)

Farm teams[edit]

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