Penguins sign 2004 first round pick Evgeni Malkin

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Pittsburgh Penguins Press Release

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Evgeni Malkin, the second overall selection in the 2004 Entry Draft, it was announced today by General Manager Ray Shero.

Malkin, 20, finished third in the Russian Super League in scoring during the 2005-06 season, recording 47 points (21+26) in 46 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Malkin led the league in plus/minus (+28), ranked second in goals and ranked third in assists. He added 15 points (5+10) and 42 penalty minutes in 11 Russian Super League playoff games.

Malkin starred in international competition as well during the 2005-06 season. He was the second leading scorer at the World Junior Championships, recording 10 points (4+6) in six games and was named the tournament’s top forward and most valuable player, captaining Russia to a second place finish.

At age 19, Malkin was the youngest player on Russia’s entry in the 2006 Winter Olympics, tying for second on the team with Alex Kovalev in scoring by recording six points (2+4) in seven games.

Malkin registered nine points (3+6) in seven games for Russia at the 2006 World Championships. He tied for the team lead in scoring, and tied for fifth in the tournament, and was named one of Russia’s top three players at the tournament.

As an 18-year old in 2004-05, Malkin ranked third on Metallurg Magnitogorsk in scoring with 32 points (12+20) in 52 games and was a teammate of current Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

Malkin won a silver medal with Russia at the World Junior Championships in 2004-05, tying for fourth in the tournament in scoring and ranking second on the team with 10 points (3+7) in six games. Malkin represented Russia in World Championships in 2005, his first appearance in that tournament and recorded four assists in nine games.

Malkin played in the Russian Super League as a 17-year old, recording 12 points (3+9) in 33 games. He also represented Russia at the World Junior Championships in 2003-04, recording five points (1+4) in six games. Malkin recorded eight points (4+4) in six games at the Under-18 World Junior Championships.

The 6-3 and 192-pound center is a native of Magnitogorsk, Russia. He was drafted by the Penguins with the second overall selection of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.