There have been some lean years of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey.
Years of fans burying their heads in the sand. Penguins fans call those years 2003-06. I'm sure there were other eras of awful Pens hockey, but I only care about what I've seen in my lifetime. I doubt that anyone who can remember the 1970s and early 1980s reads this anyway.
While the span of 2003-06 may have been the most depressing, the stretch of 1993-2001 may have been the most disappointing for the organization and its fans. Teams laden with talent in those years were one solid key component away from winning Stanley Cups. Instead, they were upset in the playoffs and left the Penguins faithful wondering what could have been.
We can all rhyme off dozens of names of Penguins players etched on the Stanley Cup. Lemieux, Jagr, Crosby, Malkin, Barrasso, Stevens, Fleury, Gonchar and, well, you get the picture. However, there were a few All-Star players who passed through the Steel City who never had the opportunity to raise that beautiful piece of silver over their heads.
In no particular order, this is their story.