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08-16-2012, 09:57 PM
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Ugene Malkin
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Originally Posted by Shrimper View Post
Not what it used to be. He was terrible for us.
No he wasn't, he made passes and moves that the rest of the average skilled players messed up. Kovalev is highly skilled which would transfer well in the NHL smaller rinks with above average players on his line.

When he came to the Penguins they were without both Crosby and Malkin leaving Staal & Jeffrey as the top centers. Also....Neal was not doing so well either and the Pens ended up with the normal Staal line as their #1 line. (Cooke, Staal, Kennedy)

When Jeffrey went down with his own knee injury their center was Richard Park and whom else not of top quality pedigree. So many times Kovalev would do his normal routine and have it fall by the wayside from lack of continuity/lack of skill from his line mates.

Put almost any 40 year old on Olympic size ice and watch their productivity dwindle from the NHL ice.

I would take him on the Pens with Sid or Geno centering him. He won't put up astronomical numbers 5 on 5, but he would help a PP very much. Realistic numbers thinking 40/50 points. 20 goals and 30 assists give or take.

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