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11-19-2011, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Sting View Post
I'm pretty sure that Kovalev is an underachiever in any hockey circles. Having 1,000 points and a Cup doesn't change the fact that he could have had a lot more if he just applied himself. He's one of the most talented and skilled offensive playmakers ever.
Right, but that's the point in the end. He's an underachiever in most hockey circles. Which ultimately ends up diminishing a great career. He had a fantastic career by any standards. Any standards what so ever. But the first thing so many people say when mentioning Kovalev is that he is one of the biggest underachievers simply because his natural talent level suggested he should be one of the all time greats. As though we don't see that continuously in sports. There are other components to the game. And it's as if that is what defines him. The guy has achieved a tremendous amount in this sport. But the one huge thing that he never gets credit for is his fan friendly (especially kid friendly) hockey style. He has drawn a very large young fan base to hockey that would otherwise have never even given hockey a second thought.

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