Evgeni Malkin Starting to Play Up to His Capability

December 21st, 2010 by mad chad Leave a reply »
Last month, I wrote that the Pittsburgh Penguins needed more production from Evgeni Malkin.

In the first 25 games of his 2010-2011 campaign had just eight goals and 22 points, which wasn't even good enough to be in the Top 25 in the league. 

I was frustrated with Malkin's inconsistency and I knew that he was—and is—capable of much more.

Talent-wise, there's not many more physically gifted players in the NHL. Malkin is a former Art Ross—regular season leading scorer—and Conn Smythe winner—playoffs MVP.

He has already proven that he can be an "elite" player in this league.

He's also paid like a top player as he along with Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are all tied as the second highest players in the league behind Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils.

Malkin had back to back seasons with over 100 points in his career, but last year had a very disappointing 77 points and was a -6 for the season.

Through those first 25 games he was on pace for just 72 points this year. 

That wasn't going to cut it.

Malkin was on his way to being labeled "o ...

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