Kovy was a do it himself type of player, so I don't put much stock in last season Elias is such a great teacher, and has the best hockey IQ in the world, he would immediately help Matteau be in the best position to succeed. Elias helped Sykora get back into being a goal scorer a few years ago. I would hope that Matteau gets to learn from playing with Patty how to play the game correctly.
1) Kovalchuk's biggest fault while he was here was that he was too unselfish and didn't shoot the puck more often.
2) The Devils lost 10 in a row without Kovalchuk.
3) The great Patrik Elias had 1 goal and 1 assist when Kovalchuk was out of the lineup.
4) Matteau played as well as he could in his short stint as an 18-year old in the NHL. It wasn't going to be much different who he played with.
5) Stop trolling. We got enough Kovy BS for years. Of course the year he was 5th in scoring and leading the Devils to the Cup Finals, you were absent.