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05-04-2008, 02:00 PM
Kriss E
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Originally Posted by Erika Kostitsyn View Post
Well, I meant in terms of Acceleration. The guy got nice speed and big elegant strides, but he doesn't have this breakaway acceleration that the Russian GM might want in a player... It's just an hypothetical ideas to try to justify Kovalev not being considered for Team Russia.

Geez, relax...
They have no justification to not taking Kovalev, aiming his speed is quite ridiculous.
Kovy was the 5th highest scoring Russian in the NHL this season.
Datsyuk and Malkin are part of the ones ahead of him but they're still in Playoffs. Only Ovechkin(112) and Kovalchuk(87) on the russian team had more pts than him at 84.

Not every player on that team is as explosive as Ovechkin or Kovalchuk. Explosive skating does not equal Speed.
To hear some people here, one would think Kovalev is the slowest player in the league, slower than Hatcher.

Kovalev is one of the best skaters in the league, he won't win a speeding contest, but you don't need to be the quickest player when you can deke anybody in the game.

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