Kovalchuk most underated player in NHL?
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12-15-2012, 12:16 PM
Devils Pride 26
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Can devil fans please stop trying to convince everyone else how much better Kovalchuk is in his own zone just because he is a devil now please?
I realize these endless threads and posts like this trying to pump up Kovalcuk since Zach bolted makes some fans feel better but the guy is a great enough player not to have a campaign launched to pretend that his is still not a disaster in his own zone!
Kovalchuk is a beast goalscorer with a ridiculous shot, supreme athletic ability and yes, he without a doubt burns intensity big time on the ice....
.he also however has below average hockey sense and "forcies"more plays then almost anyone else in the NHL due to him playing so much and the amount of time he has the puck but he is an absolute turnover MACHINE.
And his average to subpar hockey sense on the ice has always had him lost in his own zone....always
He has been a minus player in 9 of his 10 yrs in his career including both with the Devils and in his first with them being atop the minus board in the NHL for almost the entire season finishing at a disgusting -26....that simply can't happen with a guy who scores so often and plays so many minutes.:shake head
This past season he was minus 10 and an ugly minus 7 in just 23 playoff games that saw him turning over pucks left and right this post season.
This is the norm for him....he is a minus player EVERY season despite scoring the goals he and his line do so again please stop with how good he is defensively Devil fans!
This is big season for Kovalchuk to step forward and be a guy to lead his team and be the man on a SUCCESSFUL team.
He was the poster boy for one dimensional offensive star on a bad team all those yrs in Atlanta and his one season as "the guy" with Zach out all years it looked like he was back playing in Atlanta with him not being able to transform his tremendous physical talent into leading a successful team on the ice.
Even this year he got Zach back but even with the talent Kovalchuks team only finished 6th and that took something like a league leading 12 or 13 shootout wins just to get that spot before a cindarella run obviously made up for a so-so regular season for his team.
The team is also not setup at all for the future so Kovalchuk has his work cut out for him if he wants to lead anything other than teams that ranged from middle of the pack to bottom feeder that he has every season of his decade long career thus far.
You can't be top 5 in the Nhl as some here are suggesting without changing that...
Yeah dude, so lazy, no hustle. For the record, this is coming on a double shift with two fourth liners. I wonder who creates this play by getting gritty in the corner? Surely not Ilya, as he doesn't have the hockey sense to give pressure there.
Want to look at an overpaid lazy guy who was acquired for past playoff heroics? Look no further than #19 in blue.
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