Monday, December 21, 2015

Ilya Kovalchuk Jersey Card

So, uh, Ilya Kovalchuk's been acting weird since going back to the KHL, eh? From boycotting the Canadian national anthem at the World Championships to a recent incident where he seemingly took on the opposing team's entire forward line, he seems to have some anger management issues.

Talent-wise, he may very well be the best right-winger not named Alex Ovechkin, but Ovie has leadership qualities and a happy-yet-calming demeanor that Kovy clearly does not possess.

Just putting it out there while showing off this nice card from Upper Deck's 2007-08 Trilogy collection (and card #HS-IK of the Honorary Swatches sub-set):
Though the game-worn jersey swatch is dark blue and could be from either of the Atlanta Thrashers' uniforms, he is pictured wearing the team's white - and best-looking - garbs.

Despite having ''retired'' from the NHL at age 30, he stands seventh among Russians in all-time scoring, with 417 goals, 386 assists and an even 816 points in 816 regular-season games, and another 27 points in 32 games - most of them in a 22-game Stanley Cup Final run with the New Jersey Devils, because the Thrashers were so awful he only played 4 postseason games in his 8 years with the franchise.

He has six 40-goal seasons, two of them being of the 52-goal variety. He has exceeded the 80-point mark six times as well, with highs of 98 (in 2005-06) and 91 (in 2008-09).

He is also a point-per-game producer in the KHL, with 137 points in 135 games.

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