Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Evgeni Malkin has reportedly been named to Team Russia for the upcoming Winter Games – according to the Pens’ website.
This is Malkin’s third go-around with the Olympics, and will most likely play alongside Capitals’ forward Alexander Ovechkin in February.
The 27-year-old is having a tremendous season with Pittsburgh so far. In 33 contests, Malkin has collected 44 points (11G, 33A), and skated to a plus-4 rating. He is averaging 1.33 points-per-game, and ranks third on the team in points despite missing 11 contests with a lower-body injury.
In the last Winter Games, Malkin led Russia in points with six (3G, 3A).
Malkin’s addition to the Olympics brings the total number of Penguins’ in the Games to seven: Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz were selected for Team Canada, Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik for Team USA, Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta for Team Finland.
Notable snubs so far have been defenseman Kris Letang, forward James Neal and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury – who were all potentials for Team Canada.