If you have been following our coverage of the World Championships, you have figured out the Evgeni Malkin is having a great Tournament. So I think it is fair at this point to ask the question. Evgeni Malkin won the scoring title and is widely considered the best player in the NHL right now. Would it be fair to say that right now, he is the best player in the world?
Evgeni Malkin finished the season as the scoring champion, he is also in the final three for the Hart Trophy as the Leagues MVP. He may be the only reason the Penguins were able to play as well as they had throughout the regular season with Crosby on the shelf for most of the year. And now, he is leading all players in the World championships with 14 points, 7 goals and 7 assists. He has been nearly unstoppable in the tournament.
He has 14 points in 7 games during the championships. If we can all do a little simple math, that comes out to Two points a game. If he is able to continue that pace it would leave him in some rare air.
Realizing that their are some players that have not joined their world teams yet, or have chosen not to play this year. Those variables should not matter though. Right now, I think the case can be made that he is the Best Player in the World. That is coming from someone that has written that his trade value is at it’s highest and should be traded. And I can say that that is a conversation for another day.
His 109 points this season in the regular season, consisted of 50 goals and 59 assists. Very evenly distributed as you can see. He is as much a scorer as he is a set up man. He is a team leader and an assistant captain. We can do the math, look at the plays, and read all the accolades….the only thing we really need is our eyes. And he certainly passes the eye test.