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04-22-2010, 01:47 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
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He may be a top 5 winger, but he's def. short of being a top 5 forward in the league, atleast on my list.
Over the past 5 years, only 4 players have more points than Kovalchuk.
AO, Crosby, Thornton, Heatley, and Datsyuk.
Heatley had Alfie and Spezza
Datsyuk has Zetterberg, Franzen, Holmstrom, etc
AO has Backstrom, Semin, Green, etc
Thornton has Marleau, and Cheechoo before he sucked
Crosby has Malkin, Gonchar, and Staal
Kovalchuk has had Marian Hossa, who played on a different line than him...and nothing else.
Ilya Kovalchuk went an season centered by Steve Rucchin, centered by Bobby Holik, and crap all else. He has inarguably had the least amount of help out of all of these guys...and yet hes right up there with the best of the best.
When you expand the numbers from the past 5 years to the past 8 years, Kovalchuk is:
2nd in points, to Thornton
1st in goals (by 36 goals)
1st in even strength goals
and 1st in power play goals
Kovalchuk is nothing short of one of the top 5 most dominating offensive players in the game. Give him some help, like Gabby, and give him an elite goalie...and surround him with some pretty damn good players in Dubi, Cally, Prospal, Staal, MDZ, etc...and hes going to put up some scary numbers. 50/50 is definitely not out of the question.
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