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06-18-2013, 03:07 PM
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Certainly not. I wouldn't even call him a great defensive forward. Probably a little underrated in that regard, though. Much like Mario, though... he is one of the best in the sport defensively when he's fully invested in the game. Which sometimes happens and sometimes doesn't. Frustrations you put up with when it comes to ultra-talented "flow" players, I guess.

But he's still absolutely a yearly leader in takeaways on this team. Malkin thrives on coming back and hounding the puck carrier in the neutral zone and high in the offensive zone, especially. Particularly right after that puck carrier has stifled a scoring chance that Malkin was just involved in.

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