Monday, October 16, 2006

Evgeni Malkin to Make Debut on Wednesday

Not really Sidney news, but definitely a boost to Sidney's club and perhaps Sidney himself, who could use more skilled linemates to boost up his point totals.

It looks like Evgeni Malkin will come back much earlier than anticipated, which makes my co-worker happy (he picked Malkin in the pool), and hopefully helps Sidney get me more points for our office pool.

From the wires...

Highly touted rookie Evgeni Malkin will make his NHL debut Wednesday when his Pittsburgh Penguins host the New Jersey Devils.

Malkin has been out of action since dislocating his left shoulder in a Penguins' exhibition game on Sept. 20.

Malkin, the second overall pick behind Alexander Ovechkin in the 2004 NHL entry draft, bolted from his Russian pro team two months ago while in Finland and eventually made his way to the United States to sign with Pittsburgh.

Before joining the Penguins, he was considered the best player outside of the NHL. At six foot three and 195 pounds, with quick hands and playmaking prowess, Malkin is expected to make an immediate impact in the league.

Hockey experts have tabbed the 20-year-old Russian centre as one of the top contenders for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year this season.

Led by super sophomore Sidney Crosby and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins have a 2-2-0 record on the young NHL season

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