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12-04-2012, 09:14 PM
Kris Chreider
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Originally Posted by livewell68 View Post
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
More physical and a better scorer? Neal had more hits and three less points. This isn't even homerism, I'm a Rangers fan. Kovalchuk was also receiving passes from a 95-point player in Parise. Neal is at the same level goal-scoring wise as Datsyuk and worse in the playmaking and two-way departments, but I wouldn't say Kovalchuk is better than Datsyuk.

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