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“For whatever reason, Kovalchuk's shooting percentage is down significantly in his 108 games while in a Devils' sweater. A 15.1 percent career shooter when traded from Atlanta, Kovalchuk only shot at an 11.5 percent clip for New Jersey.”
“He doesn't stand out in any one particular area, but he's seemingly above average at every aspect of the game. He can skate, pass, handle the puck and shoot and is an intelligent player.
“It isn't that hard to see him being a steady force on the Devils' first pairing for many seasons.”