2012-2013 New Jersey Devils (Team News, Player Discussion Part XX)
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10-01-2012, 11:53 AM
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Two Zajacs? You're really underselling Toews.
Toews has posted similar offensive statistics as Kovalchuk the last three seasons while playing a more premium position and affecting the defensive side of the puck more.
Lest we forget that Toews is also five years younger than Kovalchuk. While Kovy possesses the offensive skillset to be productive well into his 30s, he's out of his peak offensive years and probably won't be posting 50g and 95p ever again.
The offensive gap between Kovalchuk and Toews isn't very big. It's probable, over the next five years, that Toews will outproduce Kovy.
And I made that comparison to point out that saying things like "he's got fire", "is a warrior", etc., is pretty useless when comparing two players.
toews is more like patrick kaleta. sure, hes good in his own end, and he led the league in SHG for the past 2 years, but that isnt something i want on our team.
players that are 6'3 and 230 lbs do not offensively peak until their low 30's. i honestly think kovy has yet to set his record scoring pace- the best is yet to come. players like toews are more prone to injury. plus- look at his pal patrick kane. the guy is a borderline alcoholic, and thats not something i want attributed to our players. thats what i mean when i talk about character, leadership, and being a warrior. kovalchuk exudes qualities that toews doesnt have right now. could he get them in the future? maybe. but if he does wisen up, when his contract is up, he's due for a big raise. kovy's contract takes him through retirement, which is very important.
im not going to comment further on your age comments, as that is a form of ageism and honestly, it makes me sick to my stomach to hear about. lets keep this conversation classy, ok?
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