Evgeni Malkin was born July 31, 1986 in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Selected second overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Malkin remained in Russia for the 2005-06 season due to ongoing issues with the transfer agreement between the NHL and the IIHF.
After missing the start of the NHL season due to injury, Malkin made his NHL debut on October 18, 2006. He started the season by tallying a goal in each of his first six games, and instantly became one of the leagues most lethal young scorers. The 20-year-old continued to live up to the hype all season long and went on to lead all rookies in goals (33), power-play goals (16), assists (52) and points (85). His remarkable season was recognized by the NHL as the young Russian was named the 2007 Calder Memorial Trophy winner as the league's most outstanding rookie. He became the first Penguin to win the Calder since the legendary Mario Lemieux walked away with the honour in 1985.
Malkin followed up on an impressive rookie season by simply dominating offensively on a Penguins team that won the Atlantic Division. His outstanding sophomore season included being named a finalist for Hart Trophy as league MVP and Lester B Pearson Award as most outstanding player. The gifted centreman finished second in NHL scoring with 106 points behind fellow Russian native Alex Ovechkin. His torrent point producing streak continued into the 2008 NHL playoffs where he totaled 22 points in 20 games as his Penguins were defeated in the Stanley Cup Final by the Detroit Red Wings.
Internationally, Malkin has represented his homeland at the Olympics (2006, 2010, 2014), the World Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014), and the World Junior Championships (2006) where he was named the tournament MVP.
In 2009, Malkin became the seventh consecutive first-time Art Ross Trophy winner. After finishing as runner-up to Alex Ovechkin the previous year, they would reverse positions with Malkin becoming the second Russian to win the scoring title, finishing with 113 points. Malkin would also join teammate and 2007 winner Sidney Crosby in continuing the Penguins' domination of the award, winning it for the 13th time in the last 21 seasons. The 1st Team All-Star also led all players with 78 assists and was dominant at even-strength, where he recorded 70 of his points.
After a tremendous season that saw him lead the NHL in scoring, Evgeni Malkin would take his game to another level during the postseason, helping lead the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup championship since winning back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992. Malkin would top the playoff scoring charts with both 22 assists and 36 points, which marked the highest playoff total since Wayne Gretzky recorded 40 points during the L.A. Kings 1993 playoff run. Dispelling the myth that a Russian can't play in the clutch, Malkin's dominating performance saw him become the first Russian-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP.
Following a pair of injury-filled seasons, Malkin reaffirmed his position as one of the game's elite players during the 2011-12 season. His 109 points were best in the NHL and two better than second place, earning him his second career Art Ross Trophy. In addition to the Art Ross, Malkin would add to his trophy case at the NHL awards in June, taking home the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the "most outstanding player" in the NHL as voted members of the National Hockey League Players' Association.
In 2016, Malkin and the Penguins were once again on top of the hockey world as the club defeated Rangers, Capitals, Lightning and Sharks en route to the fourth Stanley Cup title in franchise history.