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Having drafted Markus Naslund in the first round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, the Penguins had hoped he would develop into an All-Star caliber goal scorer in the NHL.
However, after years of promise and disappointment, the Pens had become frustrated by his inconsistency. Dubbed "Mr. September" by the local media for his annual strong preseason play followed by his regular season struggles, Naslund had the look of a first-round bust.
The 1995-1996 season would be his final chance in Pittsburgh. Despite playing with Hall-of-Fame linemates in Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, Naslund's production slipped again as the season went along.
After being scratched from the lineup as the playoffs approached, the Pens decided that Naslund would be more valuable in a trade than on the ice and he was dealt at the trade deadline to the Vancouver Canucks for Alek Stojanov.
Despite good initial returns from the trade, it soon became clear that it had been a huge mistake. Stojanov, who had been drafted eight spots ahead of Naslund in the 1991 draft, was injured in a car accident and went on to play just 45 games.
After two injury-plagued seasons in Pittsburgh in which he scored just two goals and four assists, Stojanov was forced to retire.
Markus Naslund, in the meantime, would go on to score 395 career NHL goals and played 12 seasons with the Canucks before retiring as the franchise leader in almost all offensive categories.