I don't know what to say, other than wow. Evgeni Malkin is a man among boys in the RSL. Metallurg Head Coach Dave King puts Malkin out on the ice a ton. He's skating even-strength, #1 power-play AND #1 penalty-killing unit.
That's right, Malkin leads the team on the PK and it was almost like he was showing off in this game to me. Not that he knew or anything but wow. About 7:55 into the third period, Malkin is on the PK, he's located about about 15 feet from right point defensemen who tries to rush a pass by him. Malkin picks the pass off and just turns on the after burner and then watch the body movements, how he shifts into gear. How he sets up the goaltender on the breakaway. Then the quick hands to bury his shot.
This kid is scary unreal.
He's huge, he's quick, and he's a leader. He won faceoffs, he was always back on defense, made crisp passes, and how he saw/plays the game was a treat to watch. He didn't have one bad shift. The puck was like a magnet to his stick and he was always winning the shift playing smart hockey on defense or exposing a weak defensemen on offense.
I've never seen a player at his age, so refined in every aspect of the game. I must admit, when he was compared to Lemieux in some reports and articles, I had to laugh. After watching the tape between Metallurg and Dynamo, I clearly understand why Malkin was 1A for the draft.
Oh yeah, on the power-play. Malkin was all over the ice. He was up high on the point, rotated down low, move to behind the net, in front of the net, in the slot, floats to the circles, etc. You know, who he reminded me of.... Jaromir Jagr. He refused to stand still, thus giving a dman a chance to catch him and lay a hand on him. By moving around as he did, he was constantly in position to take a one timer or pounce on a rebound. It also enabled him to cover on the point if the D pinched or the puck was misplayed out of the zone.
I wasn't going to say this but I will... if Evgeni Malkin plays in the NHL next season and has one legit NHL scorer on his wing, he's going to break Lemieux's team rookie points record.
Note: At some point Saturday, Elliot will be hosting the Malkin goal and I'll post the link in this thread.