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Evgeni Malkin's arrival alone will make it a very successful summer for Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-3, 186-pound Malkin, 20, was the second overall pick in the 2004 draft, chosen behind fellow Russian wonder boy Alexander Ovechkin. Malkin isn't as electrifying a performer as Ovechkin, but he's a better two-way player and he's just as competitive.
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|Mario Lemieux (right) welcomed Evgeni Malkin into the Penguins family.|