jmh70 wrote:I don't know why everyone thinks Malkin will be an elite goal scorer. He is not on par with Staal and is clearly not on par with Ovechkin in that regard.
Let's not overhype him. Everyone should be happy that he is "merely" a great playmaker who can play in every situation and in all three areas of the ice.
Did you watch this guy play? I really don't think. Yes, he is a playmaker first, but he has a shot as well. Plus, he is big and physical and plays a solid defensive game.
Look at Crosby. He's twice as good of a playmaker as he is a scorer, and look how many goals he has. Sometimes playmakers turn into better scorers than snipers simply because goalies and defensemen don't know what to expect. With a sniper, you can always assume shot and, while it may be tough to stop a laser, you can still prepare. With guys like Crosby and Malkin, you don't know what's going to happen -- shot or pass -- so positioning and preperation are difficult.
No, we shouldn't overhype Malkin, but we certainly should not undervalue him. At the olympics, he looked more than capable of playing at an extremely high level against NHL talent.