The trio that shaped Pittsburgh


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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 17: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his game winning overtime goal with Evgeni Malkin #71 and Kris Letang #58 behind Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on January 17, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Pittsburgh won the game 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh dynasty started in 2006 and since that has flourished and brought many Stanley Cups to Pittsburgh the Penguins organization is finally dwindling down and reaching its final years.

The great city of Pittsburgh was blessed with three of the best generational talents of this time period in 2004 and 2005. Evgeni Malkin was the first pick for Pittsburgh in 2004; he was drafted second overall. In the 2005 draft, Sidney Crosby was drafted first overall, and soon to-be-teammate Kris Letang later in the third round. Pittsburgh had no idea it was in store for the most eventful era in Pittsburgh Penguins hockey ever.

As a Penguins fan, I can confidently say that ever since I have been alive, the Penguins have always been a constant joy to watch. This is the best trio to ever play together on one team in NHL history. They have brought three Stanley Cups and multiple division titles to the city since they started playing together. All three of these world-class players will also be inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame when there careers come to an end.

No other trio has inspired an entire city or team like they have. They have built this organization up for the past seventeen years and laid the foundation. I believe that Crosby is also in the top five of all-time, Malkin is a top twenty forward of all-time, and Letang is a top ten defenseman of all-time. Not many teams can say they have had the top players of all-time playing on their team at once. All three of them will be remembered in the record books and in the city of Pittsburgh forever.

But even as a Penguins fan, it is sad to admit the dynasty is dwindling. The Penguins trio has two years left at most before it disbands. The moment one leaves or retires, there will definitely be heartache in the city of Pittsburgh. The trio will be followed by young stud players but none as good as Crosby, Letang, or Malkin.

The Penguins may rebound and succeed as a team when the great three split up, but there will be no denying a piece will be missing in Pittsburgh as soon as Malkin, Letang or Crosby hang up that Penguins jersey. They will go down as the greatest three players to ever team up and play together. They built the great organization that the Penguins are today.