Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:12 AM
Who cares, has no bearing on how valuable he is 9 years after he's picked
Like Daniel, you're not very good with numbers. He played over 24 minutes per game in 2 seasons with NJ, and over 22 minutes in one season.
This has value, but not very much, because Kovalchuk just doesn't do a lot 5 on 5. In Atlanta he and his line scored a ton and got scored on a ton. In NJ his line didn't score that much and didn't get scored on that much. Why is this valuable? It's great if the guy were even above average 5 on 5, but he wasn't.
And yet neither the bulk goal scoring and goal scoring rate aren't top 2.
And he plays the most ice time. You can't have it both ways. The guy plays both ends of the PP, giant minutes at ES, and tended to be started in the offensive zone more than most forwards on the team - if he's not leading the team in points, something is hugely wrong.
Kovalchuk over his career was not a good shootout player and the Devils should not have expected any value to come from him in the shootout. But I'll agree that this was probably worth a huge amount in 2011-12.
And never in his career run a great one. And be on the ice for a lot of shorthanded goals, which hurt his worth as a PP player.
And again, he played by far the most minutes of any forward.
Kovalchuk was fantastic as a penalty killer but he played 160 minutes on the PK and was seldom on the first unit.
Not one citation of shooting % or possession numbers in this post. I can just go by goals - Kovalchuk was -7 in the last 6 years at 5 on 5 in non-empty net situations. How is this a great player? Show me the greatness.
Anyway, I'm being a bit rhetorical here because on the whole, Kovalchuk's cap hit to the Devils was around $19.8M and his worth was probably right around there, albeit a bit below - I had forgotten about the shootout success which was probably worth 1-2 points in the standings. But if you think his value was way above that, you're just not seeing what Kovalchuk wasn't doing.
SD, this pretty much sums up Kovy. He was capable of great and dynamic moments, but wasn't really great overall. In an odd way, if he hadn't suddenly become almost automatic in the shootout for a while, his shortcomings might have been brought up more. His 2011-2012 numbers were definitely eye-friendly, but when picked apart, even that year isn't quite as good as it looked.
I agree with Tri...overall the Devils got reasonably close to the value of Kovy's 1st three seasons (considering how these mega-deals can go, that's not bad), but I don't think they were going to get that kind of "almost" value in the seasons to come, which is why I'm not at all sorry that he's gone. As for the original topic of this thread...I don't care about Kovy anymore, what he says, what he does...he's no longer a part of the Devils. If he ever comes back to the NHL and the Devils play against him, I'll think about him then...but he simply doesn't exist to me as anything more than a past Devil.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 26 August 2013 - 06:13 AM.
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