All the expectations of Evgeni Malkin coming into this season turned out more then fulfilling for the Penguins.
After spending the offseason in Russia, Evgeni Malkin returned to the states in the best physical shape of his career. With the determination to be the leader of the Penguins while Sidney Crosby was sidelined still with a concussion Malkin did just that. I remember in September when radio stations in Pittsburgh were predicting that Geno would be a 100 point scoreer this year and if he didn’t, it would be a big diappointment for him and the team. They predicted right as Evgeni Malkin shined in the spotlight and under the microscope of critics. Scoring 109 points along with 50 goals, Evgeni secured his 2nd Art Ross Trophy and more then likely an MVP award.
After the all star break is when I could say that Evgeni Malkin broke out of his shell and ripped the scoring race wide open. Even with the return of Sidney Crosby, Malkin still shined till the last game of the regular season.
Another great season for Evgeni Malkin. Recently this week he was named a Hart Trophy finalist for the league’s MVP. With all the success that Malkin has achieved this season the offseason could be the most dramatic of his career. The pressure will be on the russian to repeat this season’s performance along with taking his team further into the playoffs.