Aside from obvious names like Crosby/Ovechkin/Malkin, Kovalchuk is the #1 player I could ever dream of welcoming to the Habs. The man plays the game about twice as fast as your average player, lethal shot in any situation, and a great will to win
He'd be the first real goal scorer since who, Richer?
Our first genuine offensive star in his prime since like forever. Heck Richer was a goal scorer for one or two year but was a fluke really. And a poor hockey player. Mats Naslund was great but wasn't a top star NHL-wise. Kovalchuk would be Lafleur-caliber.