There was a game quite awhile back where the Leafs were down a goal with a few seconds left to make one last play. Johnny ended up with the puck along the boards, and had 2 players crashing the net who were more skilled than him. Despite having time to do something, Johnny tried to deke the defender and proceeded to run the clock off failing at deking and ended up with the puck still on his stick without a shot.
That was the day I started the name "Johnny Malkin". I mentioned it on a call in show, and on the official forums I circulated it around for the last 2 years (they weren't useless back then) and it caught on.
Oddly enough, the same situation played itself out last year as well, and he once again ran down the clock doing basically nothing (I think he ended up shooting wide, while Kessel watched in disappointment). That was around the time that the name caught on like wildfire.
That Newfie John thing is BS... the name has been around much longer. It didn't start on these forums.
LOL i found it hilarious that I was trying to find out why people called him Johnny Malkin while I have the NYR game playing in the background, then I try YT some of his dangles, couldnt find any, then I check out his stats on TSN, then he scores LOL!
Well the question is who is he playing with? He cannot create things on his own. In fact, he cannot create things at all. Maybe he's changed but he really needed to figure out his role in the NHL. Which would be to provide energy, good forechecking, good defence. He simply did not have the skill to make slick passes, take on players 1-on-1. Keep in mind, if he's been in there for 3 games, well Tim Brent scored in the first two games he played with us. Doesn't mean he could keep it up