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Author: Dave Molinari (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Date: 07/11/2004
NHL Notebook: Anshakov and Malkin should make a fine match for Penguins one day

Sergei Anshakov is a speedy winger with a scoring touch. Evgeni Malkin is a playmaking center with a knack for setting up his linemates.

And playing them together was a logical move when Anshakov and Malkin were teammates for Russia at the world junior championships in Finland last winter.

With the Penguins owning the NHL rights to both, it's reasonable to suggest they might be linemates again at some point.

"[Malkin] could play with Anshakov," said Mark Kelley, the Penguins' European scout.

"Sure. Malkin can move the puck, Anshakov can shoot the puck."

Those two appear to have at least a little chemistry, and Malkin seems intrigued by the idea of being reunited with Anshakov in North America.

"He's a very good player, and I think we're going to have a very good relationship once we get to the NHL," Malkin said.

"I'm looking forward to it."

Their potential partnership is possible because of the trade that sent Martin Straka to Los Angeles Nov. 30.

The Penguins got Anshakov and defenseman Martin Strbak in that deal.

Strbak, who was with the Kings' Manchester minor-league team before becoming a serviceable member of the Penguins' blue line, didn't figure prominently in Los Angeles' future.

But the Kings had plans for Anshakov. And those wouldn't have changed after the season Anshakov, 20, had in 2003-04.

He got five goals and two assists in six games at the world juniors, and three goals and two assists in 26 games with CSKA Moscow in the Russian Super League.

"He was very good in the world juniors, just after we made the trade," Kings general manager Dave Taylor said. "He's a very good prospect. He's a big, tall, lanky [6-foot-3, 180-pound] kid who needs to fill out some, but he can really skate.

"He's got outside speed. He can attack through the neutral zone and he has a pretty good shot.

"We viewed him as a pretty good prospect, but we also thought a lot of Marty Straka."

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