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07-08-2008, 03:27 AM
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LyricalLyricist
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Kovalev has the size and raw skill to have incredible puck control. He is better than datysuk at keeping the puck in the corners but then again datysuk had the most takeaways in the league. Kovalev has good hockey sense, why would he have below average hockey sense? What are people smoking? He clearly has above average hockey sense, but he doesn't have elite hockey sense or determination. It's like when we read about a prospect and his tools but no toolbox stuff. Kovalev has elite skill, there's no doubt about it, where he ranks all time? I don't know, but he's high up there in raw skill alone. Also, although his hockey sense isn't like the greats, his creativity is also above average and compensates on the powerplay with slick moves and passes.

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