Geek of the Week: Evgeni Malkin

by Scott Maran on April 2, 2017

Just how much has the injured Evgeni Malkin meant to fantasy teams this season?

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been one of the NHL’s top teams for quite some time now and this season is no different. Though they’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, they have largely been one of the best teams in the league when healthy. With 46 wins and 103 points, the Penguins are only one of four teams to have over 100 points and a goal differential above +40. But that’s when they’re healthy. The Penguins seem to have a knack for getting injured, and nowhere is this best epitomized than in Evgeni Malkin. No doubt a star center, Malkin is one of the best players in the game when on the ice. However, throughout his whole career he’s had trouble staying on the ice, negatively impacting his fantasy hockey value amongst the fantasy community. But even though he’s been hurt yet again this year, what sort of value does he provide when healthy?

Using our Fantasy Hockey Geek Tool, we can see. For our sample league, we’ll be using an average 12-team H2H Yahoo league measuring G, A, PPP, SOG, Hits, W, SV%, GAA, and SO with this season’s stats.
 

 

Rank

FHG Value

GP

G

A

SOG

PPP

HITS

Justin Schultz

35

45

73

12

36

146

18

62

Evgeni Malkin

36

44

62

33

39

191

22

40

John Tavares

37

43

76

28

37

256

17

42


Despite missing over 14 games this year, Malkin has still tallied 33 goals and 39 assists. Tied for the 10th most goals in the league, Malkin has as many goals as Alex Ovechkin in 14 fewer games. And while Malkin’s assist totals aren’t as impressive (tied for the 30th most), they’re still very good. All together, Malkin is tied for the ninth-most points in the league with 72 and is fourth in the NHL with a 1.16 point-per-game scoring pace.

Malkin’s peripherals are also pretty good as he is averaging about 3.08 shots per game. His 191 shots place him 55th in the league, but the games he lost hurt his totals, as his shots per game rate is the 24th best in in the NHL. His power-play points are also fantastic, considering his 22 combined power-play points rank 25th overall in the league. His 40 hits aren’t great, but that’s really the only category that you can say Malkin underperforms in. So what if we took out hits in our sample league and replaced it with a similar category like penalty minutes?
 

 

Rank

FHG

GP

G

A

PIM

SOG

PPP

Nicklas Backstrom

15

70

76

22

60

36

154

34

Evgeni Malkin

16

69

62

33

39

77

191

22

Rasmus Ristolainen

17

69

74

5

39

44

177

25


When we swap hits with penalty minutes, Malkin’s value skyrockets, sending him into the top-20 most valuable skaters. His 77 penalty minutes are extraordinary for a forward of his caliber, as he has the 28th most penalty minutes in the NHL. Out of the top 20 forwards in this sample league, Malkin has the third-most penalty minutes, behind only Dustin Byfuglien and Wayne Simmonds.

But what if your league doesn’t count either penalty minutes or hits? What if it counts more traditional categories like plus/minus? Well, Malkin does just as well there too.
 

 

Rank

FHG Value

GP

G

A

+/-

SOG

PPP

Evgeni Malkin

29

56

62

33

39

18

191

22

Cam Atkinson

30

55

77

34

27

15

229

21

Jamie Benn

31

54

72

25

42

-7

192

25


His value takes a bit of a hit when taking out penalty minutes for plus/minus, but it’s still even better than the standard league that counts hits. Ranked 29th out of all skaters, Malkin still provides tons of value, ahead of forwards like Jamie Benn and John Tavares. His +18 rating is tied for the 35th best in the league and, among players with over 40 points, is 14th best.

Despite his injury troubles, Malkin is still a top forward in the league and provides tremendous value. It’s hard to expect getting a full 82 games out of him, but when he’s healthy, he can pile up the points like the rest of the stars in the league.

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