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Evgeni Malkin | Center

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
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Evgeni Malkin will serve as a right winger for at least two more games.
It looks like Penguins coach Mike Johnston will reevaluate the situation after that. Shifting Malkin to the wing has allowed him to play with center Brandon Sutter as well as Pascal Dupuis. So far that line has done very well, although any line with Malkin in it will typically succeed. Oct 16 - 9:00 AM

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Evgeni Malkin still needs to build up his strength, but he's over his undisclosed injury.

Malkin took part in Pittsburgh's season opener on Thursday and recorded an assist. His health is an ongoing concern given his injury history, but there's no question that he's one of the league's best players when he's healthy.
Oct 10 - 12:50 PM

Evgeni Malkin had an assist in Pittsburgh's 6-4 win on Thursday.

Malkin played in the Penguins' opener despite missing the entire preseason due to an undisclosed injury. He also recorded four penalty minutes and finished the game with a plus-one rating.
Oct 10 - 11:21 AM

Evgeni Malkin will be available for Pittsburgh's first game of the season after missing most of training camp due to an undisclosed ailment.

He will play at right wing alongside Brandon Sutter and Pascal Dupuis. Activate Malkin if you haven't already done so. "I've played it before. I like playing right [wing]," Malkin said. "It's better for me. It's more of a chance to shoot the puck."
Source: NHL.com
Oct 9 - 6:46 PM

Evgeni Malkin's (undisclosed) chances of playing are "99 percent," according to coach Mike Johnston.

Malkin was equally optimistic on Wednesday after giving himself 50-50 odds of playing just a day earlier. If Malkin plays, he's projected to shift to the right wing and play alongside Brandon Sutter and Pascal Dupuis. "We talked to coach (Tuesday) and he said we’ll try it," Malkin said. "Maybe it will work. If not we will switch." This wouldn't be Malkin's first time playing on the right side and it's a position he doesn't mind.
Oct 8 - 1:45 PM

Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) thinks he'll be able to play in the Penguins' season opener.

Malkin said on Tuesday that his odds were 50-50, so obviously he's progressing nicely. His health will be an ongoing concern though as he only played in more than 70 games in one of his last four 82-game campaigns. Even in the shortened season, he was limited to 31 of a possible 48 contests.
Oct 8 - 12:29 PM

Evgeni Malkin was surprised when James Neal was traded over the summer.

Malkin was contacted by the Penguins prior to the trade and the team didn't immediately reach out to him once the move was made. Instead Malkin learned about Neal's departure by reading the paper. Malkin and Neal are good friends and they meshed well as linemates. That being said, Malkin is looking to move on after the trade. "I was surprised my buddy Nealer was traded," he said. "But it's hockey. We lost the last (five) years (in the playoffs). It's not good enough. Guys like Patric (Hornqvist) and (Steve) Downie are good players. Maybe the changes are good for us."
Oct 8 - 10:12 AM

Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) thinks his odds of playing in Pittsburgh's season opener are 50-50.

Malkin practiced with the Penguins for the first time since the start of training camp on Tuesday. We're typically concerned about a player being rusty after missing the preseason, but Malkin is obviously a special case given that he's a veteran and one of the best players in the game.
Oct 7 - 1:08 PM

Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) took part in Pittsburgh's practice on Tuesday.

It was Malkin's first practice with the team since the start of training camp. We would be surprised if Malkin played in the season opener, but nothing is set in stone yet.
Oct 7 - 12:00 PM

Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) was back on the ice on Sunday.

Malkin might not be on the ice Monday given that the Penguins are taking the day off. He hasn't participated in a training camp practice yet, but he might take part in a portion of one on Tuesday or Wednesday. Don't expect him to be ready for the season opener, although he hasn't been ruled out yet.
Oct 6 - 6:13 AM

Evgeni Malkin skated Saturday for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury.

The Penguins center has missed training camp and has not participated in a team practice since last year’s playoffs. The team has not disclosed when or how he was injured, other than to say it occurred in the United States and not Russia. Malkin returned to working out on Thursday and Friday. "As everybody will want to know, well when is he going to play? But once the steps are in motion, at least you know we're moving in that direction," coach Mike Johnston said. "We'll see how he progresses and when he can get with the team." The Penguins open up their season Oct. 9, and it's looking unlikely that Malkin will be in the lineup.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 5 - 12:00 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Evgeni Malkin suffered his mystery injury in the United States and not Russia.

Just in case that mattered to you. What matters to us is that he hasn't played in a preseason game yet and likely won't as the Penguins' last contest is Wednesday. It also matters to us that Malkin seems to be taking longer to recover than the Penguins thought. He still might play in the regular season opener, but nothing that's happened thus far makes us feel confident in that possibility.
Oct 1 - 8:58 AM

Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is likely to miss Pittsburgh's final two preseason games.

That would mean that Malkin wasn't able to play in a single exhibition contest. The Penguins have downplayed Malkin's ailment, but at this point we have to wonder if he'll be available for the start of the regular season.
Sep 29 - 10:59 AM

Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) isn't doing any on or off-ice workouts.

That's pretty concerning, especially seeing as Malkin as been dealing with this ailment since at least the start of training camp. Penguins coach Mike Johnston doesn't think this is a long-term problem, but we're starting to wonder if Malkin will be available for the regular season opener.
Sep 26 - 2:30 PM

Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) wasn't at practice on Thursday.

He hasn't participated in a practice yet at training camp because of a "minor" undisclosed injury. Malkin is expected to be ready for the regular season, but it would ease many anxious fantasy owners to see him on the ice with his teammates in some capacity.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 25 - 1:29 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Marcel Goc
5Andrew Ebbett
6Zach Sill
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Beau Bennett
3Nick Spaling
4Blake Comeau
RW1Patric Hornqvist
2Pascal Dupuis
3Steve Downie
4Craig Adams
D1Kris Letang
2Christian Ehrhoff
3Paul Martin
4Olli Maatta
5Rob Scuderi
6Simon Despres
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Scott Harrington
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Thomas Greiss