Malkin missing Not only do the Pittsburgh Penguins boast the best young player in the National Hockey League in Sidney Crosby, they also own the rights to perhaps the best young player outside the league -- Evgeni Malkin, the second player chosen in the 2003 entry draft behind the Washington Capitals' dynamic Calder Trophy candidate, Alexander Ovechkin. Good as Ovechkin has been this season, there are some in Russia who believe that Malkin is the better long-term prospect, and may even be ahead of Ovechkin already. Last August, the Penguins worked feverishly to coax Malkin into signing an NHL contract. Part owner and team captain Mario Lemieux even telephoned him to see whether he was interested. In the end, Malkin decided to stay home, then try the NHL next year. Malkin is second in the Russian league in scoring, and his team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, is in first place. "He's just been dominant," Magnitogorsk coach Dave King said. "I've coached [Eric] Lindros and I've coached other young people [such as Rick Nash] and this guy is something special. In one-on-one drills, he just evaporates as he goes past a defender. He has the ability to see the plays in front of him and also sense the pressure coming from behind. It's almost Gretzky-like. He's really the best player in the league." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20051029/DUHA29/TPSports/Hockey Not trolling, or trying not to anyways, but this article has so much combustibility buried in it that it was impossible not to post. That said, nice to hear that Malkin is coming along well in the opinion of a few in the know.