Player: Alex Goligoski
Played with WBS Penguins: 2007-08, 2008-09
Where is he now? Playing with the Dallas Stars in the NHL
Goligoski, 28, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2004 draft and and quickly developed into an NHL player. He joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the start of the 2007-08 season after wrapping up his college career at the University of Minnesota. In his rookie season, Goligoski appeared in 70 games, scoring 10 goals and 38 points to lead all Penguins defensemen in scoring.
That same year, Goligoski was called up for three games with Pittsburgh, and the following season spent 26 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before heading to the NHL for good. In 2008-09, Goligoski skated in 45 games with Pittsburgh, scoring six goals and 20 points. He spent all of 2009-10 with the big club and established himself as an offensive threat from the blueline.
In 2011, Pittsburgh traded Goligoski at the trade deadline to the Dallas Stars for James Neal and Matt Niskanen. In his last three-plus seasons with the Stars, Goligoski continued to enjoy offensive success, matching a career-high with 9 goals in 2011-12.
Throughout his pro career, Goligoski always stepped up his game in the postseason. In his rookie season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Goligoski scored 28 points in 23 playoff games. And in two postseason runs with Pittsburgh, he totalled 10 points in 15 games.
— Tom Venesky