Do not want.
Guy can't play defense, can't play in key nail-biting situations, can't handle smothering coverage (he just went pointless in a sweep loss with probably the best supporting cast you're going to see in this cap era. And we all remember what the Wings did to him way back when.) And I don't get the sense that he's a great team guy, though that may just be me. Still, ultimately, Do not want.
-He's underrated defensively; he's always getting back in the play torwards his zone.
-Any player of his caliber will fare well in "nail biting situations"; one instance where they got scored on does not prove your predisposition.
-You can literally say that about any top tier player in the NHL; just look at this season. Even Crosby gets s*** for not showing up past the 2nd round. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. Malkin was the one who single-handedly took them through the ECF, then won the Conn Smythe.
Those are very vague assertions. I'd say his biggest issue is giving up the puck from trying to force plays in the O zone, and trying to be too creative. And a lot of the time he pulls it off. That and he's a hot head which leads to him taking some questionable penalties. But so does Crosby, and when he does: the guy has his back torwards him and it's behind the play.
Maybe it's just a thing from that environment, because I could never really see Bylsma reprimanding Crosby or Malkin. He's a "players coach," running a contry club. I remember when they were down in that philly series?? and he was laughing on the bench with Crosby. I'm not saying the Wings need to get Malkin, but some of the things players are tagged with are so spurious and not fair. He's a good player.
EDIT: I get the notion from fans that the only top tier good defensive forwards in the leauge are Z, Datsyuk, Toews, Bergeron, Kesler, Hossa, and maybe a few others; the rest are all liabilities.
Edited by PuckY18, 09 June 2013 - 01:06 PM.