Evgeni Malkin has a chokehold on the Art Ross Trophy and is an overwhelming favorite to claim his first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.

The awards are nice, but the acclaim his game is receiving from a multitude of NHL stars is just as impressive.

Malkin isn't just the game's top scorer, but plays with an artistry that makes even future Hall-of-Famers drool.

"He has been nothing short of spectacular," Ottawa star Daniel Alfredsson said last weekend. "He seems to be able to create offense at will out there."

Malkin's mastery of hockey's simple elements are clear but not what impress Alfredsson. Instead, Alfredsson — hardly unaccomplished himself, with 413 goals in 16 NHL seasons — marvels at Malkin's penchant for making the unusual look spectacular.