Denis Malgin

Hometown:

Olten Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-01-18

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

5-8

Acquired:

4th round (102nd overall), 2015

Weight:

163 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Denis Malgin split the year between the U17 and U15 levels in Switzerland, skating for the Zurich-based ZSC second squad in Top Novizen and the GC Kusnacht U15 squad in the Top Mini league. In 16 Top Novizen regular season games he scored 13 goals with 9 assists and 6 penalty minutes. Malgin scored 20 goals with 22 assists and 32 penalty minutes in 21 games for the Kusnacht U15 team. 

2011-12: Malgin moved up to the ZSC U17 first team in Elite Novizen and was a dominant scorer playing in the Top Mini league for GC Kusnacht. He scored 17 goals with 19 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 25 regular season games for ZSC. In eight Elite Novizen playoff games he scored 2 goals with 7 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Malgin scored 37 goals with 2o assists and 69 penalty minutes in 13 games for GC Kusnacht at the U15 level. 

2012-13: Malgin played for the GCK Lions U20 team and the ZSC U17 squad — winning Switzerland national titles with both teams — and played for the Switzerland U18 and U17 teams. Malgin scored 15 goals with 11 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 25 regular season games and scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games skating with the Lions. He scored 6 goals with 10 assists and 16 penalty minutes in seven regular season games for ZSC and scored 4 goals with 5 assists and 4 penalty minutes in five Elite Novizen playoff games. Malgin scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes in five games at the 2013 World Juniors for the Switzerland U18 team. The Swiss finished sixth, falling 7-4 to Finland in the quarterfinals. Malgin scored 1 goal and was -1 in three games with the Swiss U17 team at the Europe Olympic Winter Games. 

2013-14: Malgin skated for the Switzerland U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before joining the GC Kusnacht Lions men’s team in the National B league. He concluded the year playing for the Switzerland U18 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. In 38 regular season games for the Lions he score 6 goals with 13 assists and 14 penalty minutes. Malgin played for the Lions U20 team in the Elite Junior A playoffs, scoring 5 goals with 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes in seven games. Malgin scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in four games for Switzerland at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the 2014 WJC. Switzerland finished seventh in the tournament, falling 3-2 to Canada in the quarterfinals. 

 2014-15: Malgin split the season between the Switzerland National A and B leagues, skating in the top division with ZSC and playing for the GC Kusnacht Lions in the Swiss second league. He played for Switzerland in both the U20 and U18 World Juniors. Malgin scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +4 with 8 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games for ZSC, which finished first in the regular season before falling to HC Davos in the playoff finals. Malgin scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. In 24 games for GC Kusnacht he scored 6 goals with 6 assists and 4 penalty minutes. Malgin played for the Elite Junior A champion GCK Lions U20 team in the playoffs, scoring 1 goal with 8 assists and 4 penalty minutes in five games. In six games at the 2015 U20 WJC he scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +6 with no penalties. Switzerland finished ninth, edging Germany to avoid relegation. The Swiss U18 team had a bit more success, finishing fourth as the host team. Malgin, a team captain, scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in seven games. Switzerland fell to Canada, 5-2, in the bronze medal game in front of a huge crowd. Malgin was ranked 20th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Florida in the fourth round (102nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

2015-16: Malgin was a teammate of 2016 NHL Draft prospect Auston Matthews with the Zurich Lions in the National A league and led the Swiss U20 team in scoring at the 2016 World Junior Championship. He scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was +5 with 12 penalty minutes in 38 games as Zurich finished first in the regular season. The Lions were swept by eventual champion Bern in a first-round series and Malgin was -1 with no points nor penalties in three playoff games. In seven games with the GCK Lions in the National B league he scored 2 goals with 3 assists. Malgin scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes in six games for Switzerland at the WJC. Switzerland finished ninth, sweeping Belarus to avoid relegation.

Talent Analysis

Malgin is a solid two-way player who is an adept skater with good hockey smarts. He knows and thinks the game well and his speed allows him to cover ground quickly when he makes a mistake. His shot isn’t the best, but as he gets stronger that should come; nonetheless, he uses his creativity and skill to work his offensive game, which is ever-developing.

Future

Malgin played for the Zurich Lions in the National A League as an 18-year-old in 2015-16, appearing in 38 regular season games and three playoff contests in his second season in Switzerland's top league. Overshadowed by leading scorer Auston Matthews, the likely first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Malgin held his own at the pro level and was Switzerland's top scorer at the 2016 NHL Draft. A boom-or-bust prospect due to his size, Malgin has a high degree of offensive skill with the high end potential to be an Artem Panarin-type scorer. It is equally probable he could play out the rest of his career in the KHL or another Europe league where his game is more suited to the bigger rinks overseas.

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