At this stage in his development, Malkin sounds a LOT like a young Joe Thornton. Huge frame, superb playmaking ability to complement his soft hands, strong skater esp. considering his height and youth. Can an informed poster answer this question: Can you compare/contrast Thornton and Malkin coming into their draft years? What did Thornton do better than Malkin is doing now? Is Malkin stronger in any areas than Thornton was before his draft year? Does Malkin lack grit?