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03-23-2013, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
Were you in cryo for the entire '90s?

But in all seriousness, anyone would have considered him elite for at LEAST one year in each of New York, Pittsburgh, and Montreal. Giving him that kind of credit for only one year in each of those stops is severely undercounting, imo.

Little known Kovalev facts that are absolutely useless for the discussion: he's the first Russian ever taken in the 1st round of the draft, and he's the first Russian to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. That last one might not be technically true, though, if alphabetical order placed Karpovtsev ahead of Kovalev, Nemchinov, and Zubov (from the '93/94 Rangers, obviously).
Karpovtsev was part of the Rangers team, so his name would be first.