Since entering the NHL in 2006, Evgeni Malkin leads all skaters in points per-game and has become a centerpiece for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Malkin, 30, has won an MVP award, a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Ted Lindsay Award, and two Art Ross Trophies in his career. He’s also helped lead the Penguins to two Stanley Cup wins.
The Penguins are on the brink of advancing to their second straight Eastern Conference Final, and third in five seasons. As the Penguins battle for a spot in the conference final, here’s more on Malkin’s contract, salary and net worth.
1. Malkin Was Selected Second Overall in the 2004 NHL Draft
Malkin has earned the reputation as one of the top players in the NHL for his ability to execute plays.
He was selected second overall in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, however an international transfer dispute between the National Hockey League (NHL) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) delayed the start of his NHL career until 2006. The issue stemmed from Metallurg Magnitogorsk, a Russian Super League team who claimed that Malkin was under contract in his native country.
On October 19, 2006, Malkin made his debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He finished his first NHL season with 33 goals, 52 assists, and a total of 85 points. He was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie.
2. Malkin’s Net Worth Is Estimated at $35 Million
Malkin’s net worth is estimated to be $35 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Since arriving to the league in 2006, he has been one of the most productive players, and currently is one of the highest-paid players.
Forbes ranked Malkin as the seventh highest-paid NHL player in 2015-16 with a salary of $9.5 million. His teammate, Sidney Crosby topped the list with a salary of $12 million.
3. Malkin Signed a Five-Year Extension Worth $43.5 Million in 2008
In 2008, Malkin signed a lucrative five-year contract extension with the Penguins. He earned $9 million for each of the first four seasons of the deal and then $7.5 million in 2013-14.
The contract came on the heels of an impressive 2007-08 season in which he helped lead Pittsburgh to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. Malkin had 47 goals and 59 assists and was a first-team All-Star and a finalist for the Hart Trophy, which is given to the NHL’s most valuable player.
The following season, Malkin won the Art Ross Trophy, which is awarded to the top-scorer in the NHL. He was also first runner-up for the Hart Trophy for a second consecutive year.
4. Malkin Signed an 8-Year, $76 Million Extension in 2013
In 2013, Malkin signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension, which comes out to a salary of $9.5 million. The contract began in 2014-15 and will run through the end of the 2021-22 season. At the time of the extension, it made him the second highest paid player in the NHL on a per-year basis, just behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.
After signing the extension, Malkin’s father sparked controversy when he claimed his son had turned down a more lucrative offer from the Dallas Stars, even though Malkin still had one year left on his prior deal with Pittsburgh.
5. Malkin Earns $350,000 Through Endorsements
Malkin has become a global star in ice hockey, playing in four IIHF World Championships, and representing Russia during the last three Winter Olympic Games, in Turin, Vancouver, and Sochi.
Malkin’s reputation as one of the most productive players in the sport has helped boost his earnings off the ice.
Forbes estimates Malkin earned $350,000 through endorsements in 2015-16, placing him among the most marketable players in the league. His deals include GoPro, Upper Deck, and Frameworth.