Originally written on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 11/14/12
By Mike Luciano (@THG_MikeLuci) When the Devils acquired left wing Ilya Kovalchuk from the then-Atlanta Thrashers in February 2010, they acquired a one-dimensional sniping forward capable of coordinating a power play set up from the point. Although the array of offensive skill he possessed was undeniable, his defensive play left a lot to be desired. Since his arrival in New Jersey, Kovalchuk’s game has been radically transformed. He’s effective in all three zones and has become a reliable outlet to play in all situations, including the penalty kill. AP Before his first full season in New Jersey, Kovalchuk has hit the 40-goal mark in six of those eight seasons, netting fifty goals twice during that span in 05-06 and 07-08. Although his 37 goals and 83 points led him to finish fifth overall in scoring last season, he hasn’t breached the 40-goal plateau since 2010, being the last Devil to do so for that matter. It begs the question as to whether or not we’ll ever see Ilya Kovalchuk hit...
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