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Welcome to The Real DFG's Pittsburgh Penguin Autograph Project. My goal is to eventually try and get at least one autograph of every player to lace up the skates in an NHL game for the Pittsburgh Penguins. It could have been for one game or 700 games, I will add them. Occasionally I may post cards of former players in their new team uniforms. While the goal is to get autos in Pens uni's, it isn't always possible. Since the team has been in existence since 1967, the list is pretty large. Last I checked, it was somewhere in the range of 624 different players. Currently, I sit at about 100 autographs (with some duplication). Enjoy the posts.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chris Wells

Here's a guy that I can barely remember suiting up for the Penguins and that's because of how disappointing he was in the Black and Gold.

Chris Wells was drafted in the 1st round by the Pens in 1994.  He had everything going for him that you would want in a draft pick.  He was a big man, 6'6", 223 lbs of puck hawking destruction.  He was imposing and not afraid to use his size to his advantage.  But the fact that he could score was what got him picked up so early in 1994.  He scored 30 goals in 69 games for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL the year before and put up an impressive 45 goals and 108 points the year after.

But when he finally got his shot in the 1995-96 season, he played in 54 games, had 2 goals, 2 assists and 59 penalty minutes.  Not the kind of play worthy of a First Round Draft Pick.  His stint in Pittsburgh came to an end the following year when he was traded to Florida for Jason Woolley and Stu Barnes (those guys I remember).

After another 4 years in Florida, it was off to the Russian Superleague for Wells where he bounced around Italy, Russia, and Denmark.

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