Saturday, November 18, 2006

Early Rookie of the Year

It probably is no suprise to anyone that I pick Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins as my leader for the rookie of the year. It has been pretty clear since his NHL debut that he is a wonderful talent. He set a record by scoring goals in his first six NHL games 8and this is a real record unlike the Anaheim undefeated streak which only exists due to Gary Bettman's rule changes). I have wanted to err on the side of caution and wait until he had a few games under his belt before declaring that he was my rookie of the year pick (instead of Anze Kopitar of Los Angeles or Matt Carle of San Jose - who have more games played). Now that Malkin has 15 points in only 13 games and is gaining quickly on Kopitar it becomes a safer call.

Comments:
Sorry, but Anze Kopitar is a way better player than Malkin. Kopitar is more talented and can handle the puck better than Malkin. It is obvious that Anze will be getting rookie of the year. So I hate to break it to you, but Malkin doesn't have a chance against Kopitar. Yes, Malkin may have more points, but that's not what makes a rookie of the year. Of course, it matters, but it all comes down to who is a better player. And Anze Kopitar is the better player.
 

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