We are 10 games into the season not a huge sample size but decent enough and Malkin again looks to be putting up another subpar season.. for a player with his cap hit that really is unacceptable.
What is wrong with Malkin? He is supposed to be part of the big 3.. but is being left in the dust by Ovechkin and Crosby again.
So i ask you HFboards.. Can Malkin ever regain his form?
You look at his numbers from the past few previous years and they are not all that impressive.. a great year in 11-12 but other then that..eh.. injuries have been a problem sure.. but it is not like he was setting the world on fire either before them.
And the player you are thinking of there is Toews.
What does Toews have to do with this? Nobody calls Toews a lock for 100 points every year like they do Malkin (who gets a pass because he's always hurt apparently). Toews is a 2-way force. Malkin is not a good defensive player at all.
He had a concussion and shoulder injuries which forced him to miss 11 games. Had he played all of those 11 games I've no doubt he'd have had at least 47-50 points. Sure that's 6 points off Ovie but it was a shortened season.
On topic: I think Malkin needs to step it up and he better does that soon. However, I'm not concerned that he gets a lot better once he's playing with legitimate wingers again. I've come to accept that he simply can't elevate his linemates as much as Crosby can.
Last edited by Hurt: 10-26-2013 at 05:49 PM.
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Honestly.. Who cares about regular season Evgeni Malkin? It's the postseason where Malkin should be under the microscope IMO.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are pretty much the closest thing this league has to a playoff lock and scoring is their bread and butter. They have players, very important players (Sidney Crosby (#1C), James Neal (#2W), Kris Letang(#1D), Paul Martin (#2D), Tomas Vokoun (#1BG)..even Malkin himself got himself into injury trouble last season missing 17 games) go down each year and don't miss a beat.
This year Malkin is 1pt off of PPG and is posting the best faceoff stats of his career. He's also coming off a 6 game point streak in which he posted 8pts and is just one hot streak away from top 10 in scoring leaguewide.
Malkin loves playing against Toronto posting nearly 2PPG over 20+ games against the Maple Leafs.
Who wants to bet hes PPG or better by the end of the night?
That's funny. Ovechkin had 2 full seasons where he didn't produce that much, and yet his career point per game average is still higher than Malkin's, and his career goal rate (per 82 games) is still 51. Take off your penguin colored glasses. Nobody is better than Crosby, but Ovechkin is better than Malkin, and has been for all but his 2 down years.