Anyone who has ever watched Evgeni Malkin play the game of hockey understands what a unique and supreme talent he is on the ice. The native of Magnitogorsk, Russia has been one of the most talked about and followed talents in the game of hockey over the past decade. ‘Geno’ made good on all his promise when he arrived in the NHL, swiftly becoming a dominant player, leading the league in scoring and helping the Peguins capture a Stanley Cup, all in his first three seasons in North America. After a tough season and tough playoffs in 2009-10, Malkin had a slow start to kick off this season as well. After missing some time due to injury recently, he has returned to the lineup and been on an absolute tear! He has posted five goals and three assists in the Penguins past three games and once again looks like the unstoppable scoring machine that hockey fans around the world were getting accustomed to watching. He feels like his knee is now almost back to full-strength and with his ability to provide an offensive threat nearly every time he takes the ice, the Penguins (who have been one of the league’s hottest teams) will only get that much tougher to play against as the season winds on.
- Evgeni has scored five goals and three assists for eight points in the Penguins past three games
- He has moved into second place on the Penguins scoring list, behind Sidney Crosby, with 30 points in 29 games played
- After missing four games with a sore knee, Malkin is close to feeling 100% healthy and he is eager to help the Penguins continue to climb the standings
- Born in Magnitogorsk, USSR (now Russia) on July 31, 1986
- Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1st round, 2nd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
- Played a key role on the Penguins 2008-09 Stanley Cup championship team
- Won the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy and was a 1st team NHL All-Star in 2008-09