I didn't even realize it but with two more goals in a 5-3 home loss to visiting Florida, Thrasher superstar Ilya Kovalchuk now has a league-leading 31 goals in 37 games this season.
That's just awesome. I mean we're talking a frenetic pace on basically an average team at best. The 24 year-old Russian who was selected by Atlanta first overall back in 2001 has always been a special talent. In terms of skating and finishing ability, he's about as good as it gets in this league. With blazing speed, a rocket of a shot and an arsenal of moves, Kovalchuk is a ton of fun to watch.
When he's going, it's like a breath of fresh air. His team might be kind of disappointing but the Russian sniper is putting in a Hart-like effort in his sixth season. Maybe if he sneaks them into the playoffs, he'll come away with the hardware.
He definitely deserves the recognition for what he's done thus far.
Kovalchuk in 2007-08: 37 GP, 31 goals, 19 assists, 50 points, 8 PP, 2 SHG