Malkin has spent the duration of his career
skating in the shadow of teammate Sidney Crosby,
who has fulfilled the role of unofficial ambassador
of the sport while compiling a Hall of Fame career
of his own.
Malkin has shared an era with one of the greatest
pure goal scorers of all-time in Washington Capitals
sharpshooter Alex Ovechkin, who just happens to
be a fellow Russian countryman and also the lone
player selected before Malkin in the 2004 NHL Draft.
The past three years, even as Malkin has
continued to rank among the league leaders, he
has done so at a time when the next batch of
generational talents, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid
and Toronto’s Auston Matthews burst onto the scene
to grab a significant piece of the spotlight.
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