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12-04-2012, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Kris Chreider View Post
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.

1. Malkin
2. Kovalchuk
3. Datsyuk
4. Ovechkin
5. Bryzgalov

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