The San Jose Sharks traded Canadian Olympic gold medalist Patrick Marleau of Aneroid, Saskatchewan to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday for a conditional third round draft pick in the 2021 National Hockey League Entry Draft. According to nhl.com,the draft pick will be changed to a second round draft pick in 2021 if the Pittsburgh Penguins win the 2020 Stanley Cup. Marleau won the gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Marleau has 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 58 games with the Sharks this season. He is a -5 with 12 penalty minutes, one power play goal, three game winning goals, 101 shots on goal, 29 faceoff wins, 22 blocked shots, 48 hits, 26 takeaways and 13 giveaways.
A three-time all-star, Marleau is second all-time among active players in goals (561) and fourth all-time among active players in points (1186). In addition to Marleau’s 20 seasons with the Sharks, he has played two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Penguins will hope Marleau comes in and develops a strong leadership role. At age 40, Marleau has played 1715 NHL regular season games. However, he has not yet won a Stanley Cup. The Penguins are currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 37 wins, 18 regulation losses and six losses in extra time for 80 points. They are two points back of the Washington Capitals for the division lead.