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Malkin's NHL debut still weeks away due to shoulder

PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin's NHL debut still is on
hold.

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday announced the 20-year-old
center is continuing to rehabilitate his left shoulder and will
be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Selected second overall in the 2004 draft, Malkin dislocated the
shoulder in his first preseason game on Sept. 20 against
the Philadelphia Flyers. The Russian recorded an assist in the
first period of the contest but collided with teammate John
LeClair early in the second, causing him to soar through the air
and land awkwardly on the ice.

The injury did not require surgery, but it is unknown when
Malkin's first regular-season appearance with the Penguins will
take place.

A member of Russia's Olympic team at the Torino Games this past
February, Malkin created controversy over the summer when he
deserted his Russian League team in order to pursue a career in
the NHL. In three seasons with Magnitogorsk Metallurg, Malkin
recorded 36 goals and 55 assists in 132 games.