NHL Lockout 2013: Evgeni Malkin Is Shredding Apart the KHL

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIIJanuary 1, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 20:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his second period goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 20, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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While NHL fans across North America patiently wait for their stars get back on the ice, guys like Evgeni Malkin are not missing a beat.

Playing in the KHL for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Malkin has racked up 19 goals and 40 assists in just 35 games with a plus-19 rating.

In fact, in his last nine games to close out 2012, Malkin posted seven goals and 18 assists for a total of 25 points to go along with a plus-15 rating. Statistics courtesy of KHL.ru.

Malkin is just four points back of Metallurg teammate Sergei Mozyakin for the KHL league-lead, who also leads the KHL in goals with 28.

According to R-Sport.ru, Malkin is "delighted with his lockout team." He stated in an interview:

We have a great team that has been recently playing very well. I hope our confidence will transfer to the next year. The playoffs are round the corner and we are eagerly looking forward to them.

His team currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference of the KHL, just two points back of the two teams who are tied for first place.

He is also out-dueling Russian NHL-star Alex Ovechkin, who has 18 goals and 20 assists in 30 games for Dynamo Moscow. He continues to prove he is the best asset in the NHL that Russia has to offer.

It's great to see the NHL's top players doing their thing out their while we wait eagerly to watch them in front of our eyes.

Today should be the Winter Classic. It is what it is, though.

Evgeni Malkin seems to be continuing his Art Ross and Hart Trophy campaign from 2012 where he led the NHL in points. Malkin racked up 50 goals and 59 assists for 109 points while only playing in 75 of 82 games.

It was a shame that his Pittsburgh Penguins were dominated by the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs. That made for a long offseason for Penguins fans.

Whenever the NHL and NHLPA actually decide to agree to terms of a new CBA, the Penguins will be favorites to win the Stanley Cup. You can never count them out of it when they have Sidney Crosby to complement Malkin. 

Don't forget about guys like James Neal and Kris Letang. It is unfortunate that Pittsburgh lost Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes who will be playing with his brother Eric.

Let's just hope these guys get a deal done so we can get back to watching the greatest show on ice.