Malkin to join Russia for WJC
This is good news if you'll be cheering for Team Russia come Dec. 26 and the start of the World Junior Championships.
My early prediction? Russia wins this thing.
As veteran Globe and Mail hockey reporter Eric Duhatschek opines, Evgeni Malkin is not only one of the top Russian juniors in the world, but one of their top players overall. All reports indicate he's been the Russian Super Elite league's best player this season, which is saying a lot considering the calibre of talent playing there.
The big decision for Russia was whether to let Malkin play for the junior team for the third time or to have him suit up with the big boys at the Olympics in February. The thinking was that he could only play for one of the teams, but now my guess is that the Russians will see how he does here and go from there. We very well could see him at both tournaments (and I wonder who the last player to accomplish that was).
I'll be sure to talk to him when Russia meets Latvia in Kamloops on Dec. 29.