Evgeny Malkin is the second ranked 2004 eligible European skater by Central Scouting in their mid-term rankings. The 6’4” 186-pound forward is playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Super League this season. He played on the winning Russian team in the recent U-18 tournament in Minsk. He was named the MVP of the World U-18 championship.
Hockey’s Future spoke with him briefly after the final game of the tournament.
HF: Do you have a favorite player?
EM: I like such players as Sergei Fedorov, Pavel Datsyuk and Joe Sakic.
HF: What is your biggest strength?
EM: My playmaking skills.
HF: What aspect of your game do you feel you need to work most on?
EM: It’s my skating coordination.
HF: How do you feel now after the concussion that you had two months ago?
EM: It’s OK. I recovered completely.
HF: What do you do in your spare time?
EM: I like to play billiards and bowl, and hang out with my friends.
HF: How do you prepare before a game?
EM: I think about the game, remember my best moments in the past.
HF: Do you have any expectations for yourself in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft?
EM: I want to be drafted as high as possible.
HF: Are you nervous about the 2004 NHL Entry Draft?
EM: No, at all. It’s not a thing I can get nervous about.