2004 - 1st round - 2nd overall
|Evgeni Malkin (Getty Images) |
The perennial 2012 Hart Trophy winner was selected No. 2 overall by the Penguins in the 2004 NHL Draft. One of the most gifted offensive players over this past decade, “Geno” scored a goal in each of his first six games with the team after making his debut on Oct. 18, 2006 against the New Jersey Devils. Malkin went on to become only the second Penguin to win the Calder Memorial Trophy – given to the league’s top rookie – in 2007 (Mario Lemieux, 1985).
The next two seasons, the Russian center surpassed the 100-point mark (106 in 08’, 113 in 09’), establishing himself as one of the top offensive threats in the NHL. He was a key piece to each of the Penguins’ consecutive Stanley Cup runs, hoisting the Cup in 2009. That year, Malkin became the fifth player to win the Art Ross Trophy (NHL scoring title) and Conn Smythe Trophy (playoffs MVP) in the same season. During the 2009 playoffs, Malkin completed one of Pittsburgh’s most memorable postseasons, totaling 36 points (14G-22A) in 24 games for the Stanley Cup Champions – good for second highest in franchise history (Lemieux, 44, 1991). Geno also was a back-to-back finalist for the Hart Trophy (MVP) and Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by peers) in 2008 and ‘09.
Malkin achieved one of his most remarkable seasons to date in 2012. Without center Sidney Crosby for much of the season, Malkin placed the Penguins on his back, finishing the season with a career high in goals (50) and game-winning goals (9) while also accumulating 59 assists and 109 points. The three-time NHL All-Star was awarded his second Art Ross and is the believed to be the front-runner to win the Hart Trophy this season.
Over his six seasons in Pittsburgh, Malkin has reached the 30-goal plateau four times, the 50-assist mark four times and has accumulated over 100 points three times. In 427 career games in a Penguins’ uniform, Geno has garnered 527 points (208G-319A).