When is a first-round draft pick not a first-round draft pick?
When it’s the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin.
It seems Malkin is renegotiating the contract with his Russian team. But with the transfer agreement between the NHL and Europe expired, there’s no guarantee the Penguins can spring him, even if wants to leave Russia. One of Malkin’s agents said the Penguins haven’t even really tried to sign their top draft pick. So it’s pretty weird in Pittsburgh. If they didn’t want to use their top pick, they probably should have traded it. I’m sure there was at least one other team interested in getting Malkin in an NHL uniform.