Viktor Kozlov vs Evgeny Malkin I was looking through this year's eligible players and reading some of the articles on the internet and it struck me that Malkin is a very big playmaking center. Now there are a few playmakers or centers who are really tall, Lemieux, Allison, Sundin, Lecavalier... besides Sundin all of these players have a few faults. I was thinking how high everyone is on Malkin right now, how his potential could even be higher than Ovechkin and such, but as we learn after a few years after the draft, you have at most 30 consistent NHLers and very few first liners. Malkin seems to have all the talent in the world, but he has already had an injury, and I can't help but think that he could turn out to be something like Viktor Kozlov, remember Gratton anyone? Very tall centers haven't had the best of luck, all of them seem to have something that holds them back, on top of that Kozlov and Malkin have some similarities. Of course this is just one of the many possible situations that could happen, but few prospects have a very smooth transition to the NHL and perform up to their expectations.