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Top 15 Worst Players Mario Lemieux Played With

Mario Lemieux with over 1,700 career NHL points is one of greatest players of all time. However, he has played with some really terrible players. There is a list of over 600 players that have played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and as with any other team a lot of them were not all that good. This list will focus on those awful players that were either high draft picks, were part of big trades but never amounted to anything and those that did not deserve a chance because they were just that horrible.

During Lemieux’s time with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1984-1997 and 2000-2006 the team went from being a team that was rebuilding in the mid-80s to one that was a Stanley Cup contender in the 90s to one that was rebuilding once again during the early 2000s. There were a lot of mediocre players that played for the Penguins during the first rebuild but no one from that era made this list because I believe they were too obscure and not worth mentioning. There are a couple of players from the Penguins glory years that are on this list but most of the players I included are from the second rebuild.

Researching for this article made me realize that most of Lemieux’s career with the Penguins was quite awful (from the team's standpoint) and only for a few years during the 1990s did he experience team success. The Penguins did win two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992 and were relatively successful for the rest of the decade. However, during the 2000s Lemieux only made the playoffs once in 2000-2001 before the second rebuild took place.

15 Shane Endicott

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14 Steve McKenna

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13 Konstantin Koltsov

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12 Milan Kraft

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11 Landon Wilson

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10 Kent Manderville

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9 Nolan Baumgartner

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8 Ramzi Abid

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7 Dan Focht

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6 Sebastien Caron

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5 Kelly Buchberger

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4 Rico Fata

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3 Alexandre Daigle

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Daigle never lived up to the hype of signing the richest rookie deal in NHL history when he was picked first overall by the Ottawa Senators in 1993. His deal was worth $12.25 million over five years and at the time that was the highest rookie contract in NHL history. He was frequently criticized in Ottawa for his lack of effort and motivation as he seemed to care more to be in the spotlight than focusing his on ice production.

2 Alex Stojanov

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1 Kris Beech

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Kris Beech is perhaps part of one of the worst trades in NHL history. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2001 offseason along with a couple of other prospects for one of the greatest players in NHL history, Jaromir Jagr. Jagr continues to play in the NHL at the age of 44 at a very high level and in his career he has won two Stanley Cups, five Art Ross trophies, a Hart Memorial trophy and is a 13-time NHL All Star.

Beech on the other hand only played in 198 NHL career games scoring a minuscule 67 points. The other two players traded for Jagr were Michael Sivek and Ross Lupaschuk who combined only played in 41 games and tallied 6 points.

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