The Kovalev bashing has got to stop
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01-05-2009, 11:20 PM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Originally Posted by
Just to add..happened to see the Devils-Habs game in Newark last week. Far from a shining performance by our boys -- but there is no question, when you see him live, that Kovalev is the most talented, skilled, spectacularly gifted player out there. He does things with the puck no one else can do. He walks through people; around them; protects the puck as though he's playing his own game off by himself. Now, of course, that doesn't make him the most
player out there. Hockey's not a spectacle; hockey's a sport. All too often, he is playing his own game off by himself. It isn't a skills competition. But remember, please -- if Kovalev had the other game-playing, sports-essentials skills-- ice vision, physicality, grit, consistency whatever -- that you would wish for him, he wouldn't be Alex Kovalev. He would be an older Ovechkin or a second Lafleur. And then - crucial point -- we would never have gotten him in a trade for Josef Balej. So: admire him, follow him , appreciate him , wish that a peformer this gifted could also be a player that good. But,remember-- when he's gone, it will be a long time before we see another like him.
This is quickly becoming the best discussion of this team and it's players I've seen on HF Boards in a long time.
You're take on Kovalev mirrors my own so perfectly it's like I was reading my own words.
Originally Posted by
This game has first to be played with passion and intensity.. Thats what most of us have against Kovy, he takes too many shifts\games off and this attitude drags the team down.. He is the opposite of what a leader is supposed to be!
I completely disagree.
I think Kovalev's passion and intensity are part of what makes him such a great player. The mans training is intense. He has incredible standards he sets for himself so he can be such a great skater, puck handler and deker. He demands that of himself. How can you question the passion of a player like that? Kovalev has always been a player that plays with such a emotion that if he's cheap shotted on the ice, it's he himself who responds. Speak to Mr. Tucker and Holleweg about the consistency of Kovalev's intensity on the ice. You'll discover quickly they disagree with you.
Kovalev is player that takes risks on the ice. It's a big part of his game. It's what makes him such a fun player to watch. He's not predictible, he excites you, he gets you out of your chair by making a play on the ice. He's one of the few players thats makes you shake your head but not out of anger, but rather out of astonishment. You can't play that style and not have some plays that don't work out as intended. When Kovalev gives the puck away, it never looks good because of the style of player he is. When other guys give it away, it's a long the boards, or being poke-checked as they come into the zone or having their pocket picked. When Kovalev does, it's because he's dancing through two guys or some other high risk play. Nobody remembers a little poke check, but they definitely remember the hot dog dancing around.
That poisons a lot of people's opinion of Kovalev's performance in my opinion, because the reality is, most nights this season, he's been playing as well as he did last season, he's just been much less fortunate. Shots that rang off the iron and in or picked a corner last season are hitting that post and staying out this season. In reality, with a little luck, everybody would be singing his praises this year. And I suspect, in the near future, they will be.
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