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09-06-2013, 02:41 PM
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drw02
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Originally Posted by Tiranis View Post
At 21, with 4 full years of KHL experience, you can't be comparing him to Malkin when he can't crack PPG or score at even .5PPG in the playoffs. I don't care what he looks like, the results are simply not even in the same tier as Malkin.
The results are there. If you compare Kuznetsov and Malkin's 18, 19, and 20 year old seasons in the KHL you see they are very similar.

Malkin

18 years old- 34 games played, 12 points
19 years old- 52 games played, 32 points
20 years old- 46 games played, 47 points


Kuznetsov

18 years old- 35 games played, 8 points
19 years old- 44 games played, 32 points
20 years old- 49 games played, 41 points

Malkin left as a 21 year old and had an excellent rookie year in the NHL. Kuznetsov has stayed longer but what's to say he won't have a similar impact when he comes to the NHL? I do think Malkin was a better prospect than Kuz but I still think Kuz has elite potential.

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