2013 Fantasy Hockey: Evgeni Malkin Starting To Heat Up

By Adam McGill
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This year during fantasy hockey drafts, there were only a couple sure things in the first round of the draft. One of those sure things was obviously Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The KHL star has exploded since coming over to the NHL. Malkin scored 50 goals back in 2011 and was second in the entire league, behind just Steven Stamkos (60). Some were extremely disappointed that Malkin scored just nine times last season, but most players had a tough time getting into a rhythm with the shortened preseason and shortened regular season.

However, Malkin has been much more productive this fantasy season. The center has already scored two goals through the first six games, including two goals in the last three contests alone. He has also added four helpers over that span and it is scary to think that the superstar is just starting to heat up. Malkin is still averaging one point per game, but the fact that he averaged 1.45 points per game back in 2011 and 1.06 points per game last year shows that he has more left in the tank.

Malkin is about to go on a real tear for fantasy owners, so hold onto your hats hockey fans. He is still one of the elite players in fantasy and will show why before everything is said and done. A 90-point season is completely possible for the Russian, especially if he can keep putting the puck into the back of the net.



Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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