Evgeni Malkin Wins 2017 Kharlamov Trophy
This is the second time Malkin has won the Kharlamov Trophy, with his first coming in 2012. The trophy is awarded for how they play in the season prior. Malkin had an outstanding 2011-12 season with the Penguins, scoring 50 goals and adding 59 assists in just 75 games.
Congratulations to Evgeni Malkin for winning the 2017 Kharlamov Trophy (most valuable Russian NHL player). 📷: Malkin's Instagram pic.twitter.com/7gw9ZrzIlf
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 14, 2017
Despite only playing in 62 games last season, Malkin was able to put up impressive enough numbers to secure himself a second Kharlamov Trophy. In his 62 games in 2016-17 he scored 33 goals and had 39 assists. Malkin continued this point production into the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 10 goals and 18 assists in 25 games on his way to another Stanley Cup.
Malkin joins some elite talent as one of only three players to win the Kharlamov Trophy multiple times. The others to do so are Alexander Ovechkin, who has won the trophy on seven occasions and as recently as 2015, and Pavel Datsyuk, who won his second back in 2013.
Malkin is truly cementing himself as one of the best Russian-born NHL players of all-time, and certainly one of the best in this generation. In 706 NHL games he has 328 goals and 504 assists. Keeping over a point-per-game pace for one season, let alone a career, is truly an impressive feat.
Malkin’s 832 career points currently sit seventh all-time for NHL points by a Russian. He is only 21 points behind Vyacheslav Kozlov. His 328 goals rank ninth all-time and his 504 assists rank seventh all-time. With plenty of hockey left in his 31-year-old legs, there is every reason to believe that Malkin could finish top five in goals and could push for the top spot in assists all-time.