It seems Kovy doesn't have a lot of goals, but looks at his shots on goal, and look at Malkin's. Malkin has 3 goals on 65 shots! Ovechkin has 4 on 55 shots! Kovy has 5 on only 25 shots before this game!
I don't put much on shooting percentage, because I can shoot into the goalie's crest 65 times, and not score. It seems Kovy has adjusted the best here in the KHL. He also has the best plus minus of all of them. +9 before today's game!
I imagine the bigger ice gives Kovalchuk a) more space to get his shot off and b) more room to use his amazing vision.
It's funny that people talk about Kovalchuk as solely a sniper, because his vision (especially off the rush) and passing ability is off the charts too.
From the games I have watched, and the highlights from the others, his passing game is thriving on the big ice. The extra space is opening up lanes, and he is using that to his advantage to make some amazing passes.
Kovy is great, but Tarasenko doesn't look much worse.
Tarasenko is trying far too many things that wouldn't work in the NHL. I have a feeling his turnover numbers will be astronomic in his rookie season. He certainly is strong along the boards, quick and powerful.