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04-11-2013, 12:51 PM
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I'm very biased to Kovalchuk, I will admit. But I think the eye test has a lot to do with it. Of course, that is very flawed.
I think he is the best special teams player in the entire league. Maybe Shea Weber and PK Subban are better, but that's where the list ends.
He was floating with a + differential SH last season and early on this season. Last season Kovy had 4 PPGA and 5 SH points. That's insane.
The reason his possession numbers are down is probably based on the fact that he gets double and triple shifted often on all lines on the Devils team. He is a very versatile player and has the most workload by a forward in the league to produce. Of course he won't maintain possession everytime out there because he will have linemates that will drag him down.
The reason he doesn't get the top competition is because the Devils have the luxury of having Elias, who is a puck possession phenom. Or at least he was, last year. He is the perfect shudown player alongside Zubrus and Clarkson, one of the best 2-way lines in hockey last season.
His ESTOI/G is barely higher than Nash's, but he plays more special teams so I guess you can argue that he has less energy for ES play. The linemates argument doesn't hold water to me since his Corsi Rel. (-8.3) is 3rd worst among Devils forwards, only Barch (-8.6) and Gionta (-14.7) have worse, and neither of those are among Kovalchuk's 10 most common linemates.
Look I'm really not out to defame you or anything, but I've just become frustrated with the amount of love Kovalchuk gets despite his play falling off. He has had a significantly worse impact at ES than Brad Richards to whom the entire HFNYR seem to be on the brink of sending death threats to.
Oh, and I agree 100% on Elias whom I consider the Devil's best player and one of (if not the) most underrated player in the league.
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