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03-23-2013, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by The Sweetness View Post
Kovalev never had an elite season with the Rangers and his best year before 2000 was 1999-2000 when he had 66 points with Pittsburgh.

His breakout year came in 2000-2001 playing with Straka and Lang if I remember correctly.
We're just going to get into a long subjective divide about the term "elite". There are some that will start and end the discussion by saying that someone who has only been a 2nd team post-season all-star has never truly been elite in the first place, so... there's that. You tell me how loose your definition of "elite" is, and I'll decide how much typing I need to do.

For example, what does it mean to you when a guy essentially has 4 straight seasons where he averaged 23+ mins/night - and on occasion see that ice time still increase in the playoffs?

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