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Name: Evgeni MalkinPittsburgh Penguins (#2/2004 NHL Draft)

Rating: 97
Height: 192cm/6'4"
Weight: 84kg/184.8 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1986-07-31
Birthplace: Magnitagorsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Team Russia Away - Sold
Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks): a biography (08/22/2009)
Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs): I can do even better (11/02/2007)
NHL Transfer Agreement: Do Russians Have a Point? (09/19/2006)
Evgeni Malkin: Forgive and understand me (Pittsburgh Penguins NHL) (08/21/2006)
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Player News
06/23/2011 2011 NHL Entry Draft: Russian Prospect Preview

Its a bit of a weird draft for the Russians this time. Next year projects to be an amazing year for the country, with a potential 1-2 showing much like Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) back in 2004. This year, 'the Russian factor' seems to loom large. A lot of NHL teams have cut back in scouting Russia because they don't feel its worth dealing with KHL teams, and we're seeing a clear preference for players that come to play major junior in North America as a result. The end result? The best Russian players may not be the first taken, and nearly every Russian player seems to end up being a potential steal if the NHL team can convince them to come, slipping to the third round or later. ( article by Bruce Peter) READ MORE
11/19/2010 Russian Teen Meets Idol Malkin

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Every Penguins fan knows the story of Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), the Russian hockey superstar who came to Pittsburgh as a teenager without knowing English.
Malkin is also a hero back home in Russia, and one young fan decided to follow in his footsteps.
David Mnatsyan, 17, traveled to Pittsburgh from Omsk, Russia to be just like his idol. He earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Junior Penguins team Ė wearing No. 71 of course. ( article by Tony Jovenitti) READ MORE
02/22/2010 Russia defeats Czech Republic 4-2

Sr. IIHF Winter Olympics -  In the round robin's last game Team Russia defeated Team Czech Republic 4-2 and got a bye to the quarterfinals as they finished the Group B on the top of the standings with seven points against Czech Republic's six, Slovakia's five and Latvia's zero. Team Russia's first game of the medal round is scheduled for wednesday. Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored twice for Russia, which also got goals from Viktor Kozlov and Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings). ( article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
09/18/2009 Russian prospect makes impression on, off ice
08/31/2009 Smyl discusses newcomer Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks)
07/24/2009 Ovechkin headlines list of top 10 Russian players
06/11/2009 Pens' Malkin First Russian To Bag Conn Smythe Award
01/15/2009 Freeze out: Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) friendship grows cold
06/22/2008 NHL deputy commissioner not worried about impact of Russian league
03/26/2008 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) to remain in Omsk for another year
03/21/2008 Russian prospects - 2010 Winter Olympics Hockey Outlook
03/07/2008 Which Russian Superstar Has Had the Better Season? ( article)
06/13/2007 No Surprise - Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) favored to win the Calder Trophey
05/12/2007 Russia loses tough battle to Finland in semis
04/26/2007 Team Russia announces final roster
04/05/2007 Finals Showdown: Kulemin (Toronto) vs. Alexei Morozov
03/30/2007 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) continues career season
09/19/2006 NHL Transfer Agreement: Do Russians Have a Point? (Exclusive Analysis)
09/05/2006 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins shortly
08/22/2006 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): Forgive and understand me Sport-Express Interview
08/18/2006 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): You can't force someone to sign a contract at 3am! (Sport Express Interview)
08/17/2006 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) files letter of resignation with Metallurg
08/17/2006 Evgeny Malkin found! Malkin called Magnitogorsk and said he is well (Soviet Sport article)
08/16/2006 Gennadi Velichkin: Stealing Malkin is sports terrorism!
08/16/2006 Sergei Issakov: It’s like Evgeny is under hypnosis (Evgeny Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins)
08/14/2006 Gennadi Ushakov: I have no idea to where my client dissappeared (Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins))
08/10/2006 Hockey Star Malkin Offers Lock-Down Dinners at Prison-Themed Restaurant
08/06/2006 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) switching agents again
08/03/2006 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) likely on his way to NHL
06/21/2006 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) signing reports premature
06/20/2006 Evgeny Malkin finally signs with the Pittsburgh Penguins
05/07/2006 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) falls ill prior to the first World Championships game
03/27/2006 Playoff Quarterfinals #3: Salavat and CSKA eliminated! (Box Scores)
03/25/2006 Playoff Quarterfinals #2: Yushkevich nets a hattrick!
03/13/2006 Evgeni Malkin: I cannot forgive myself for that match penalty against Lecavalier
02/23/2006 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) suspended for 1 game
02/10/2006 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguin): Let Morozov Be The Top Sniper Because Metallurg Is a Champion!
02/02/2006 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): The Main Thing is Not To Get Intimidated (Interview)
01/15/2006 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): We will pay back to Canadians in Turin (Sport Express Interview)
12/28/2005 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): Thanks to the coaches for letting me rest! (Sport Express Interview)
12/18/2005 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): They Decided I Have Enough Strength Left In Me!
12/12/2005 Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) boosts Russian juniors
11/14/2005 Sergei Mikhalev: We are depending on Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
11/06/2005 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): Dynamo Were Up by Two and Still Afraid of Us (Hockey/Football Interview)
08/27/2005 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): I hope Pittsburgh respects my decision (Sport Express Interview)
08/05/2005 Salavat Yulayev wins Bashkir Cup tournament despite Malkin's (Pittsburgh Penguins) efforts
08/02/2005 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): Crosby is not my competition (Sport Express Interview)
07/26/2005 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) crushes Molot (Perm) behind Vitali Atyushov (Ottawa Senators) and Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
07/23/2005 IIHF and NHL sign a new player transfer agreement
06/01/2005 Web Site News: New photos added to Evgeny Malkin's (Pittsburgh Penguins) player profile
02/04/2005 Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) suffers injury
01/24/2005 Part of Russia's Sweden Games (EuroTour) roster announced: Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) will make debut
11/11/2004 Sweden stuns Russia 4-1
11/03/2004 Metallurg's GM refuses to release Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
11/01/2004 Round 23: Metallurg Mg. - Dynamo Moscow Game Notes
10/26/2004 Round 20: Severstal - Ak Bars & Spartak - Metallurg Mg. Game Notes
10/11/2004 Player evaluations for Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins #2/2004), Kirill Lyamin (Ottawa Senators #58/2004), Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators #15/2004) added
09/24/2004 Evgeni Malkin's (Pittsburgh Penguins #2/2004) has been made available to everyone!
07/21/2004 RussianProspects 2004 NHL Entry Draft Recap Part 1: Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Radulov
07/19/2004 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) initially denied entry to U.S. (Tribune-Review article)
07/11/2004 Anshakov and Malkin should make a fine match for Penguins one day (Pittsburgh Gazette article)
07/02/2004 New photos of Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), and Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) added
06/29/2004 Q&A: No. 2 draft pick Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) ( article)
06/29/2004 Many skills make Penguins' top pick special at early age (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Evgeni Malkin article)
06/28/2004 Selection of Evgeni Malkin Puts Pens' Rebuilding Program in High Gear ( article)
06/24/2004 From Russia with Love? (Evgeni Malkin 2004 NHL Entry Draft Article)
06/20/2004 Evgeni Malkin (2004 NHL Entry Draft): The boy, the rep ... (Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article)
05/28/2004 Evgenii Malkin (2004 NHL Entry Draft) misses the NHL draft combine
05/18/2004 EVGENII MALKIN RP EXCLUSIVE Interview: I think every player loves to play with Ovechkin!
05/14/2004 OVECHKIN OR MALKIN? DOES IT MATTER? ( article)
05/09/2004 Team Russia Player Performance Recaps and Grades - Part 2: Top Line (Dmitri Shitikov - Evgeny Malkin - Denis Parshin)
04/25/2004 Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin (both 2004 NHL Entry Draft prospects) win season end Russian Super League awards!
02/25/2004 Evgenii Malkin's (2004 NHL Entry Draft) recovery update
02/17/2004 Top prospect Evgenii Malkin (2004 NHL Entry Draft) suffers an injury during a game
12/14/2003 Magnitogorsk's new youth line: Evgenii Gladskikh (Vancouver Canucks)-Evgenii Malkin (2004 NHL Entry Draft)- Sergei Osipov
Scouting Evaluations:
Semifinals - Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) Carries Russia Forward
U20 WJC: Russia - Switzerland Player Game Notes - Lisin's (Phoenix) best game thus far
U20 WJC: Russia - Belarus Player Game Notes - Ovechkin (Washington) scores twice
Russia vs. Czech Republic Detailed Game Notes: Malkin shines, Shirokov scores
Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Belov and Megalinsky - Russia's top performing defensive pairing
Scouting Game Notes: Metallurg (Mg.) vs. Dynamo (Moscow)
Russians claim second spot after defeating the Czechs at U20
Russia outperforms Finland
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #2
Rank 2: #2
Rank 3: #2
Rank 4: #2
Talent Analysis:
(Headshot photo used with permission from Metallurg Magnitogorsk hockey club's press deptment.)
Skating: A technically sound skater... great balance and lateral movement......very good top speed...above average acceleration... needs to further improve his first step and his aggressiveness. Shot: Possesses a great slap shot, precise with a lot of power and a quick release...possesses a very dangerous wrist shot. Technical Ability: Has soft hands...a capable puck handler...a very good stick handler with excellent control. Faceoffs: Above average at the face off circle, but needs to gain power to further improve his technique, as he struggles to win faceoffs in the Super League against stronger veteran professionals. Pass: An superb passer with excellent poise and timing...capable of making quick, precise passes over long distances...also great at making no-look passes...possesses a one unique and very effective move, in which he leaves the puck behind for another player, while remaining in motion, doing it so deceptively that the opposition often continues to concentrate on him for several seconds. Hockey Sense: A very mature player...very calm, and strong mentally...possesses great vision of the ice...has a great awareness of his line mates, anticipating where they are going to be and making great, sometimes blind passes. Defensive Play: Very responsible in his own zone, with great awareness...uses his slap shot more often then his wrist shot because he often remains closer to the blue line to make sure the defensive zone is covered in the case of a rush the other way...a very good skater backwards...reads the plays very well, intercepting passes, lifting a player’s stick at the right moment...can make a great first pass out of the defensive zone. Physical Play: Isn’t naturally a physical player, preferring more of a European, technical style of hockey...can take physical punishment very well, even at the Super League level...great awareness under pressure and is very hard to knock off the puck
Back In Russia:
Evgeni Malkin is a product of the Metallurg Magnitogorsk hockey school...has consistently been the top scorer on Russia’s ’86 national team...made his debut on the U18 squad during last season’s 2003 U18 World Junior Championships, where he skated on the top line with Alexander Ovechkin...made his Super League debut during the 2003-04 season, working his way up from the fourth line.

2004 U18 WJC (April 2004) (Grade: A): Despite the concerns that the concussion he suffered a couple of months earlier would sideline the young forward from the U18 WJC, Evgenii Malkin looked very strong during the training campe, showing no signs of the injury. He delivered an excellent performance at tournament. The talented center started the tournament off a bit slow, with his line struggling to put the puck in the net. As the tournament went on, Malkin’s production returned to normal, and the center finished second in scoring on the Russian squad behind only Roman Voloshenko. The young forward possesses a great combination of size, skill and hockey sense. He did not hesitate to throw his body around and often dictated the tempo of the game with his speed, passing and great puckhandling.

A big difference between the U18 WJC and the previous tournaments was the fact that Malkin was forced to carry his line a lot more than before. At the previous tournaments, which were mostly against European squads, his smaller linemates Denis Parshin and Dmitri Shitikov could hold their own physically against the opponents. The two young forwards, especially Parshin, struggled to adjust to the more physical hockey against bigger opponents. Malkin did effectively interact with Parhsin, who set up Malkin up on several occasions. He also played well with Kiril Lyamin, who often skated with the forwards in the offensive zone. Shitikov’s role was more that of clean up, as he scored most of his goals by collecting the rebounds near the crease and putting them in the net. While Malkin was effective in the earlier games of the tournament, he really revved up his game during the semifinals and finals games against Canada and the US. Against Canada, the talented center was a threat whenever he hit the ice and set up an open net goal by Shitikov early in the game, and then scored a goal of his own. Regardless of his production, which was impressive on its own, Malkin showed a lot of leadership, delivering a consistent presence at both ends of the ice and taking a lot of pressure off his linemates, as well as the other lines. The young forward was solid defensively throughout the tournament, logging a lot of time in shorthanded situations.

2003 World Cup (August

NHL Outlook:
Evgeni Malkin is a great package of size and skill. He is responsible defensively and has great awareness at both ends of the ice. The young forward’s upside in the NHL would be that of a top line center. Very importantly, the talented center is now earning ice time with Metallurg Magnitagorsk in the Super League, gaining valuable seasoning from the experienced Super League veterans and former NHLers, who stock the wealthy club’s roster. Though his stock is already very high, the young forward will likely begin skating more often for Russia’s U20, than U18 teams. Exposure at the more competitive U20 level, and then again at the U18 WJC will further boost his popularity amongst NHL scouts.

RP Draft Projection: top five pick in the first round.

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2005-06 Team Russia IIHF World Championships (Intl.)6 3 5 8 6 +5
2005-06 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 1 1 2 0 -
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 4 6 10 12 +5
2006 Team Russia ROSNO Cup (EuroTour) (Intl.)1 0 0 0 0 -
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Bashkir Cup 3 3 1 4 0 -
2004-05 Team Russia World Championships (Intl.)9 0 4 4 8 +6
2004-05 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)5 0 4 4 0 -2
2004-05 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 3 7 10 14 0
2004-05 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 0
2004-05 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)48 10 19 29 22 -
2003-04 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC (Intl.)6 4 4 8 31 +4
2003-04 Team Russia 86 5 Nations Tourn 4 4 2 6 0 +6
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 1 4 5 0 +2
2003-04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Romazan Cup (Preseason)0 0 0 0 0 -
2003-04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Super League (Reg.)34 3 9 12 12 -
2003-04 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 2 1 3 3 1
2002-03 Team Ural Region 86 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 4 2 6 14 -
2002-03 Team Russia 86 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 3 3 6 0 -
2002-03 Metallurg Magnit. 86 Jr. League (Playoffs)7 8 9 17 6 -
2002-03 Team Russia 86 6 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 3 6 9 0 -
2002-03 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 5 4 9 9 11
2002-03 Team Russia 86 Junior World Cup (Intl.)4 2 2 4 0 -3
2001-02 Team Ural Region 85 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)4 2 2 4 0 -
2001-02 Team Ural Region 86 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 5 9 14 6 -
2001-02 Metallurg Magnit. 85 Jr. League (Playoffs)7 4 6 10 2 -
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