Has there ever been a draft eligible player leading the RSL in scoring?
I don't think so but can't affirm it. The only one who probably could have had a chance to do so was Alexander Maltsev at the end of the 60's in USSR era.
When Kovalchuk played his last year in Russia in 00/01, it was for Moscow Spartak which at that time was not in the Russian Super League but in the High League ( first division), the second professionnal league in Russia, equivalent of AHL for NHL if you want a ( bad ) kind of comparison. Kovalchuk recorded 25 goals and 43 points in 39 games, which was very very good for a 17 years old player... or any other player. But don't compare Kovalchuk ( an elegant russian type player) to Ovechkin ( a pure sniper and physical player, a Cam Neely type).
After 5 games, Ovechkin has no been selected 3 times amoung the post game 3 stars: one the first one and twice the third star.
I can't imagine wanting to tank this season just to get one player
It could rurn out to be a brilliant move. If a team has no chance to win the Cup they would be smart to ensure they finish last. Assuming they don't lose the lottery they could end up with Ovechkin AND Crosby if the strike goes for the whole 04-05 season.