One part of Evgeni Malkin's game that has been huge this season is drawing penalties, and not taking any.
According to Dobberhockey Malkin ranks second in the NHL in drawing penalties:
Compare this to the fact that Malkin has only 38 penalty minutes this season, and you have a big reason he is having a big season.
Malkin's penalty minutes over his career:
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Pretty noticable change in his game. Whether it is coaching or just Malkin maturing, it is a huge difference.