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Evgeni’s father, Vladimir Malkin, also played hockey professionally and taught his son to skate when he was just three years old.
Evgeni Malkin’s first coach on the Magnitogorsk Metallurg team was Yuri Tukaserov; he was followed by Sergei Vitman.
Pittsburgh won its division and was pronounced a favorite for the 2008 playoffs.
During this time, he grew from being a promising rookie into one a team leader. Though the Arbitration Committee of the Russian Hockey Federation ruled that Malkin was not permitted to play for any other team besides Metallurg Magnitogorsk, their decision did not scare Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins or the NHL. It was a Penguins home game at Mellon Arena against the New Jersey Devils.In the first round of the playoffs, Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia, and in the second round it overpowered Washington in seven matches.After that, the Penguins made short work of the Carolina Hurricanes (4:0). As in the previous year, the Red Wings won the first two matches, but then the Penguins managed to even the score.After that, they knocked out the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers with a score of 4:1 both times and for the first time since 1992, the Penguins made it to the finals where they faced off against the Detroit Red Wings, but were unable to capture the Stanley Cup.By the end of the season, Malkin had signed a five-year contract with the Penguins worth .5 million.