Malkin's NHL debut still weeks away due to shoulder

Updated: October 6, 2006, 4:46 PM ET
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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.