Team: Denis Malgin
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Fantasy Summary

Small but crafty offensive winger who has shown an ability to produce at the pro level.


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July 2022 – After spending the last two seasons in the Swiss National League, Malgin has signed a one-year, $750k contract with the Leafs and will attempt to win a spot on the NHL roster in training camp. Nick Richard

May 2022 – Malgin had another big season in the Swiss National League, finishing fifth in overall scoring with 21 goals and 31 assists in 48 games. He is currently representing Switzerland at the World Championships where he has been one of the stars of the tournament, netting five goals and seven assists through eight games. The belief is that Malgin is free to sign a contract with the Leafs and attempt a return to the NHL should he and the team share an interest in doing so but a return to the Swiss league seems to be the likely path. Nick Richard

September 2021 – Malgin has signed a four-year contract with ZSC in the Swiss professional league, effectively ending his Leafs tenure and potentially ending his NHL career. The Leafs will maintain his NHL rights but it appears his days of playing professional hockey in North America may be over. Nick Richard

July 2021 – The Leafs have extended Malgin a qualifying offer, retaining his rights as a restricted free agent. Nick Richard

May 2021 – The Swiss season has ended and Malgin will be reporting to the Marlies to close out 2020-21. He sat 17th in league points with 19 goals and 42 points in 45 contests, the best output on his team. This isn’t a surprise, he has produced at this point-per-game pace in the AHL already and was a touch under a 30-point pace over 2.5 seasons in Florida before joining the Leafs last year. The current fantasy season is nearly over and he is not at the top of the Leafs’ call-up list so this move his limited impact for 2020-21. The 24-year-old needs a new home with less depth in front of him to hold much fantasy value, but if he gets another NHL shot the offensive upside is till there. Hayden Soboleski

January 2021 – Malgin is not attending Maple Leafs training camp and will remain on loan in Europe for the beginning of 2020-21 NHL campaign. This is disappointing given his still existent upside, but considering the depth the team has in its bottom-six, the decision is understandable. Hayden Soboleski

December 2020 – Malgin is reappearing on DobberProspects after previously “graduating” while on the Panthers. After a promising two seasons on the bubble in Florida, on the Leafs he has been unable to lock down a bottom-six role, primarily due to the consensus opinion that the Maple Leafs have enough skill in the lineup and need more grit in the bottom-six. This certainly doesn’t help Malgin’s case, and neither does the plethora of depth players brought in this offseason. Despite the odds stacked against him, he is on a 700k one-year deal which the Leafs signed him to so chances are he could at least injury fill-in time, with the ability to stick thanks to his scoring upside. Hayden Soboleski

April 2018 – Malgin finishes his second season in the NHL with 11 goals and 22 points in 51 games which is nice improvement from the 10 points in 47 games he had during his rookie season. Malgin is still only 21-years-old, and he has a bright future ahead of him. He could have an offensive breakout in his third or fourth NHL season, so don’t forget him in keeper leagues. Jokke Nevalainen

January 2018 – Malgin was scratched for two games after scoring just one point in eight games but he’s scored two goals and three points in the two games since then. Malgin is a talented player but needs to improve his consistency. He’s now playing on a line with Huberdeau and Trocheck, so he’s definitely playing with talented players around him. Jokke Nevalainen

December 2017 – Last season, the Panthers were forced to use Malgin at the NHL level because of injuries to their other forwards, and the then 19-year-old forward wasn’t ready. Malgin started also this season with the Panthers but after going five games without a point, he was sent down to the AHL where he was able to regain confidence. After a successful AHL stint where he scored 14 points in 13 games, he now looks like an NHL player. Malgin is currently playing wing on the second line and he’s also running the second power play unit. His breakaway goal against Colorado and beautiful power play assist against Vegas are highlight reel material and just two examples of the potential this 20-year-old kid has. Malgin is a much more confident player this time around, and currently has four goals and five points in 10 NHL games after the AHL stint. Jokke Nevalainen

February 2017 – The Panthers have recalled the 20-year-old forward following strong recent play in the minors. Malgin was able to earn a spot with the big club early on in the season due to injuries to the Panthers forwards, and was enjoying a decent rookie campaign with eight points in 39 games. His rookie season was ultimately brought to a halt due to an injury following a scary hit along the boards. Since being sent down, Malgin has been one of Springfield’s most impressive forwards and has recorded nine points in 11 games including five in his last three games. It remains to be seen whether Malgin will receive any playing time during this stint in the majors, however he has definitely turned some heads this season after being drafted in the fourth round only two years ago. Joel Gluss

December 2015 – After being selected to represent Team Switzerland in the 2016 World Junior Championships, Malgin started off his tournament with two assists to go along with two shots on goal in his first tournament game versus Team Sweden. Malgin has performed very well on the world stage in his young career, netting 16 points in 17 games at the U-18 World Junior Championships, and an impressive nine points in his first seven games at the U-20 World Junior Championships. – Lee Rayson

June 2015 – As predicted, Malgin slipped a bit from his projected draft position, but that shouldn’t damper your enthusiasm. As with any shorter prospect, he has his work cut out for him but all signs point to his being able to handle the NHL game. Austin Wallace June 2015 – In a similar mold as fellow Swiss forward Kevin Fiala, Denis Malgin is a short stocky offensively gifted pivot who was easily his nation’s best player in international competition this season. Ranked higher than he’ll likely land come draft time, Malgin’s an intelligent and patient attacker with paralyzing one-on-one skills. He’s far from a complete player but it’s not due to ineptness. Teams should be advised not to sleep on Malgin’s pro-style game. Brendan Ross

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country SUI
Position RW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 18, 1997
Height 5‘9”
Weight 182 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 4; Overall: 102

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Biel-Bienne II U15Mini B1 0 33 0|        
 2008-2009 Biel-Bienne II U15Mini B2 3 58 0|        
  Biel-Bienne U15U15-Elit3 0 00 2|        
 2009-2010 Biel-Bienne U15U15-Elit24 14 1226 12|        
  Zurich SuisseQC Int PW5 5 16 4|        
 2010-2011 GC/Küsnacht U15U15-Elit21 30 2252 32|        
  ZSC II U17U17-Top16 13 922 6|        
 2011-2012 GC/Küsnacht U15U15-Elit13 37 2057 69|        
  ZSC U17U17-Elit25 17 1936 34|Playoffs8 2 79
 2012-2013 ZSC U17U17-Elit7 6 1016 16|Playoffs5 4 59
  GC/Küsnacht U20U20-Elit25 15 1126 14|Playoffs3 1 12
  Switzerland U16 (all)International-Jr9 10 1121 4|        
  Switzerland U17EYOF3 1 01 0|        
  Switzerland U17 (all)International-Jr3 1 01 0|        
  Switzerland U18WJC-185 2 24 4|        
  Switzerland U18 (all)International-Jr8 3 36 4|        
 2013-2014 GC/Küsnacht U20U20-Elit0 0 00 0|Playoffs7 5 16
  GC/KüsnachtSL38 6 1319 14|        
  Switzerland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 23 2|        
  Switzerland U18WJC-185 3 47 2|        
  Switzerland U18 (all)International-Jr18 6 1016 6|        
 2014-2015 GC/KüsnachtSwiss Cup1 0