by PuckStopsHere on 04/21/09 at 01:38 AM ET
Teams have played either two or three games each at this point in the playoffs. I think it is the earliest meaningful point to try to pick an early playoff MVP. I think the clear choice at this point is Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Malkin leads the playoffs in both goals and points with four and seven respectively.
Malkin is carrying on his dominance from a regular season where he won the Art Ross Trophy. His offensive totals have made large jumps every season in his young NHL career (from 85 to 106 to 113 points). If he has another jump like that next season, I think many people will begin to call him the best player in hockey (and some people are already making arguments of that nature).
Malkin is off to a great start in the playoffs so far. Will he keep it up and help the Penguins have a deep run?
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