I've been keeping track of which Thrasher player draws penalties from the opposition all season. For most of the year Kovalchuk has been way behind Hossa and Kozlov (the other members of the Big Three) in the number of penalty minutes drawn from the opposition.
Well this month Ilya led the team drawing 16 minutes which is a very good monthly number. So while his scoring is down he is getting some calls by moving his feet. Perhaps he is finally moving past his reputation as a diver.