Unfortunately due to the long layoff from the lockout, Malkin seems to have struggled to find himself. Granted he played over in the KHL while the lockout was going on, and put up great numbers to go along with it, Malkin looks as he is having trouble adapting back to the game as far as the NHL goes. For one thing, Malkin seems to be lacking discipline as he has been taking a lot of penalties and at times lets his emotions get the better of him.
Another issue as of late that Malkin is having is turning the puck over. Time after time Malkin will try to make finesse like plays for instance when he tries to do his no look pass. This has led to opposing teams stealing the puck and create scoring opportunities. Another issue to go along with his passing is that he will give up a good scoring opportunity by passing the puck instead of shooting it himself.
I cannot tell you how many times I have seen Malkin have a golden opportunity to score a goal but instead passes up the chance by passing the puck to another player.
Though I do not see this issue lasting forever, these are things that Malkin needs to address for himself so the Pittsburgh Penguins can be productive and perform at the level that they are capable of. Once Malkin gets out of this funk and the beast awakens, the league will once again be put back on notice by his dominating play and performance, and again reclaim his title of "The best in the world!"
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