Kovalchuk most underated player in NHL?
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12-04-2012, 09:07 PM
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I'd put Kovalchuk around the same level as James Neal, just with a much less physical game but is a more consistent scorer.
James Neal? The same player who was receiving passes from the Art Ross winner?
Kovalchuk is quite easily a top 10-5 player in the NHL.
Neal had one great year and all of sudden he's good enough to be in the same discussion as Kovalchuk?
Kovalchuk is most definitely a better skater, more physical, a better two-way player, a better goal scorer, a better shooter, a better stickhandler and better playmaker than Neal and it's not even close.
I don't ever recall Datsyuk being a star for Russia internationally or even playing as well as Kovalchuk in the RSL/ KHL. If you are to say that Neal is as good as Kovalchuk then this means that Neal is better than Datsyuk.
Kovalchuk is the second best Russian player in the NHL.
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