1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 2nd Northeast
Conference 3rd Eastern
1994–95 record 29–16–3
Home record 18–5–1
Road record 11–11–2
Goals for 181
Goals against 158
Team information
General Manager Craig Patrick
Coach Eddie Johnston
Captain Ron Francis
Alternate captains Ulf Samuelsson
Kevin Stevens
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Jaromir Jagr (32)
Assists Ron Francis (48)
Points Jaromir Jagr (70)
Penalties in minutes Francois Leroux (114)
Plus/minus Ron Francis (+30)
Wins Ken Wregget (25)
Goals against average Ken Wregget (3.21)
<1993–94 1995–96>

Despite the absence of Mario Lemieux, the Penguins started the 1994–95 season off strong, winning their first seven games. They remained undefeated in their first 13 games, going 12–0–1. However, after such a red-hot start to the season, the Penguins had a lukewarm record in their final 35 games, going 17–16–2. Jaromir Jagr won the Art Ross Trophy for most points (70), captain Ron Francis led the league in assists (48) and plus/minus (+30), and goaltender Ken Wregget led the league in wins (25). In a 7–3 Penguins' win over the Florida Panthers on February 7, Joe Mullen recorded an assist and became the first American-born NHL player to reach 1,000 points. Nine days later, Luc Robitaille scored four goals in a 5–2 Penguins win over the Hartford Whalers.

Off-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Penguins had the highest shooting percentage in the NHL during the regular season, scoring 181 goals on just 1,400 shots (12.9%).[1]

Playoffs[edit]

Despite finding themselves in a three-games-to-one series deficit against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, the Penguins won Game 5 at home in overtime, 6–5, via Luc Robitaille's goal at 4:30 of the first overtime period. Peter Bondra, Dale Hunter, Jaromir Jagr and Kevin Stevens each scored twice in the game. Pittsburgh went on to win Game 6 in Washington, 7–1, and then closed out the series at home with a 3–0 victory in Game 7. It was the second time in four years that the Penguins had come back to defeat the Capitals after being down three games to one. The Penguins faced the New Jersey Devils in the second round, and won the opening game, 3–2. With only 1:15 remaining in Game 2, Jaromir Jagr tied the game at 2–2. The game seemed certain to head to overtime until a breakaway-goal by Devils captain Scott Stevens with just 29 seconds remaining. Claude Lemieux added an empty-net goal and the Devils tied the series with a 4–2 win. In the final three games of the series, the Penguins managed to score only three goals and were ultimately eliminated at home in Game 5, 4–1.

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 Quebec Nordiques 48 30 13 5 185 134 65
2 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 48 29 16 3 181 158 61
3 4 Boston Bruins 48 27 18 3 150 127 57
4 7 Buffalo Sabres 48 22 19 7 130 119 51
5 10 Hartford Whalers 48 19 24 5 127 141 43
6 11 Montreal Canadiens 48 18 23 7 125 148 43
7 14 Ottawa Senators 48 9 34 5 117 174 23

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Eastern Conference[3]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Quebec Nordiques NE 48 30 13 5 185 134 65
2 Philadelphia Flyers AT 48 28 16 4 150 132 60
3 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 48 29 16 3 181 158 61
4 Boston Bruins NE 48 27 18 3 150 127 57
5 New Jersey Devils AT 48 22 18 8 136 121 52
6 Washington Capitals AT 48 22 18 8 136 120 52
7 Buffalo Sabres NE 48 22 19 7 130 119 51
8 New York Rangers AT 48 22 23 3 139 134 47
9 Florida Panthers AT 48 20 22 6 115 127 46
10 Hartford Whalers NE 48 19 24 5 127 141 43
11 Montreal Canadiens NE 48 18 23 7 125 148 43
12 Tampa Bay Lightning AT 48 17 28 3 120 144 37
13 New York Islanders AT 48 15 28 5 126 158 35
14 Ottawa Senators NE 48 9 34 5 117 174 23

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

1994–95 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Suspensions[edit]

Player Length Date
Luc Robitaille 2 games February 2, 1995

Injuries[edit]

Player Injury Date
Mario Lemieux 1–year leave for Hodgkin's Lymphoma treatment August 29, 1994
Wayne McBean Wrist surgery (Out indefinitely) October 1, 1994
Tom Barrasso Wrist surgery (Out indefinitely) January 20, 1995
Greg Andrusak Separated shoulder (DTD) March 15, 1995
Tom Barrasso Sore wrist (DTD) May 3, 1995
Drake Berehowsky Knee sugery (Out indefinitely) July 1, 1995

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[6]
Player GP TOI W L T OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Wregget, KenKen Wregget 38 2,208:28 25 9 2 1 118 3.21 1,219 0.903 0 0 0 14
Young, WendellWendell Young 10 496:38 3 6 0 0 27 3.26 255 0.894 0 0 0 2
De Rouville, PhilippePhilippe De Rouville 1 60:00 1 0 0 0 3 3.00 27 0.889 0 0 0 0
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 2 125:00 0 1 1 0 8 3.84 75 0.893 0 0 0 0
Total 2,890:06 29 16 3 1 156 3.24 1,576 0.901 0 0 0 16
Playoffs[7]
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Wregget, KenKen Wregget 11 660:35 5 6 1 33 3.00 349 0.905 1 0 0 7
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 2 80:00 0 1 0 8 6.00 41 0.805 0 0 0 2
Total 740:35 5 7 1 41 3.32 390 0.895 1 0 0 9

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 Team only.
     – Denotes league leader.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1994–95 season:[8]

Trades[edit]

July 29, 1994 To Los Angeles Kings

Rick Tocchet
1995 2nd round pick

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Luc Robitaille

February 16, 1995 To Tampa Bay Lightning

future considerations

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Wendell Young

April 7, 1995 To Toronto Maple Leafs

Grant Jennings

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Drake Berehowsky

April 7, 1995 To Winnipeg Jets

Greg Brown

To Pittsburgh Penguins

cash

April 7, 1995 To Ottawa Senators

Martin Straka

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Norm Maciver
Troy Murray

Free agents[edit]

Player Acquired from Lost to Date
Jeff Christian New Jersey Devils August 2, 1994
Mike Ramsey Buffalo Sabres August 3, 1994
John Cullen Toronto Maple Leafs August 3, 1994
Len Barrie Florida Panthers August 15, 1994

Signings[edit]

Player Date
Joe Dziedzic August 10, 1994
Brian Farrell September 20, 1994
Ryan Savoia April 7, 1995

Other[edit]

Name Date Details
Allen Pedersen September 20, 1994 Released
Doug Brown January 18, 1995 Lost in waiver draft (to Detroit Red Wings)
Chris Joseph January 18, 1995 Claimed in waiver draft (from Tampa Bay Lightning)
Francois Leroux January 18, 1995 Claimed in waiver draft (from Ottawa Senators)
Mike Hudson January 18, 1995 Claimed in waiver draft (from New York Rangers)
Wayne McBean January 18, 1995 Claimed in waiver draft (from Winnipeg Jets)
Micah Aivazoff January 18, 1995 Claimed in waiver draft (from Detroit Red Wings)
Micah Aivazoff January 18, 1995 Lost in waiver draft (to Edmonton Oilers)

Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
37 Canada Andrusak, GregGreg Andrusak D R 25 1988 Cranbrook, British Columbia
35 United States Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso G R 30 1983 Boston, Massachusetts
9 Canada Barrie, LenLen Barrie C L 26 1988 Kimberley, British Columbia
44 Canada Berehowsky, DrakeDrake Berehowsky D R 23 1990 Toronto, Ontario
34 Canada Christian, JeffreyJeffrey Christian LW L 24 1988 Burlington, Ontario
11 Canada Cullen, JohnJohn Cullen C R 30 1986 Puslinch, Ontario
30 Canada De Rouville, PhilippePhilippe De Rouville G L 20 1992 Victoriaville, Quebec
34 United States Fitzgerald, RustyRusty Fitzgerald C L 22 1991 Minneapolis, Minnesota
10 Canada Francis, RonRon Francis C L 32 1981 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
4 Canada Hawgood, GregGreg Hawgood D L 26 1986 Edmonton, Alberta
16 Canada Hudson, MikeMike Hudson C L 28 1986 Guelph, Ontario
68 Czech Republic Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr RW L 23 1990 Kladno, Czech Republic
23 Canada Joseph, ChrisChris Joseph D R 25 1987 Burnaby, British Columbia
18 Canada Leroux, FrancoisFrancois Leroux D L 25 1988 Ste-Adele, Quebec
22 Canada MacIver, NormNorm MacIver D L 30 Undrafted Thunder Bay, Ontario
15 United States McEachern, ShawnShawn McEachern LW L 26 1987 Waltham, Massachusetts
33 Canada McKenzie, JimJim McKenzie LW L 25 1989 Gull Lake, Saskatchewan
7 United States Mullen, JoeJoe Mullen RW R 38 Undrafted New York City, New York
55 Canada Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D R 34 1980 Scarborough, Ontario
12 Canada Murray, TroyTroy Murray C R 32 1980 Calgary, Alberta
29 Sweden Naslund, MarkusMarkus Naslund LW L 21 1991 Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
26 United States Park, RichardRichard Park RW R 19 1994 Seoul, South Korea
20 Canada Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille LW L 29 1984 Montreal, Quebec
28 Sweden Samuelsson, KjellKjell Samuelsson D R 36 1984 Tyngsryd, Sweden
5 Sweden Samuelsson, UlfUlf Samuelsson D L 31 1982 Fagerstad, Sweden
17 Sweden Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW L 30 1982 Jakobstad, Finland
25 United States Stevens, KevinKevin Stevens LW L 30 1983 Brockton, Massachusetts
32 United States Taglianetti, PeterPeter Taglianetti D L 31 1983 Framingham, Massachusetts
2 United States Tamer, ChrisChris Tamer D L 24 1990 Dearborn, Michigan
31 Canada Wregget, KenKen Wregget G L 31 1982 Brandon, Manitoba
1 Canada Young, WendellWendell Young G L 31 1981 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Draft picks[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins' picks at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.[9]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 24 Chris Wells Center  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
2 50 Richard Park Right Wing  United States Belleville Bulls (OHL)
3 57[a] Sven Butenschon Defense  Germany Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
3 73[b] Greg Crozier Left Wing  Canada Lawrence Academy (USHS–MA)
3 76 Alexei Krivchenkov Defense  Russia CSKA Moscow (Russia)
4 102 Tom O'Connor Defense  United States Springfield Olympics (EJHL)
5 128 Clint Johnson Left Wing  United States East High School (Duluth) (USHS–MN)
6 154 Valentin Morozov Center  Russia CSKA Moscow (Russia)
7 161[c] Serge Aubin Center  Canada Granby Bisons (QMJHL)
7 180 Drew Palmer Defense  United States Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
8 206 Boris Zelenko Left Wing  Russia CSKA Moscow (RUssia)
9 232 Jason Godbout Defense  United States Hill-Murray School (USHS–MN)
10 258 Mikhail Kazakevich Center  Russia Torpedo Yaroslavl (Russia)
11 284 Brian Leitza Goaltender  United States Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
Draft notes[10]
  • a The Hartford Whalers' third-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result of a March 10, 1992 trade that sent Frank Pietrangelo to the Whalers in exchange for a seventh-round pick and this pick.
  • b The Boston Bruins' third-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result of an October 8, 1993 trade that sent Paul Stanton to the Bruins in exchange for this pick.
  • c The Hartford Whalers' seventh-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result of a March 10, 1992 trade that sent Frank Pietrangelo to the Whalers in exchange for a third-round pick and this pick.

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

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