Alex Kovalev is fine and will show his worth more and more as our competition increases.
It takes a while to get used to playing with a player as skilled as Alex...I don't know if you have noticed but the number of fumbled scoring chances thus far are mounting...Foligo is sent in on goal from nowhere...Regin is surprised at the edge of the crease...Milan getting nice slot shots a couple of times...and of course Fish gets many many chances but at least he's sinking the odd one!
If you have ever had a chance to play with a really skilled player you will have your share of embarrassment but you improve! Wheather it's Jr. or the "Show!"
Got to play with two or three really skilled hockey players at three different levels, for self preservation I developed the don't handle the puck...don't look bad method...that is you hammer a one timer at the net or you immediately return the puck to the "Big Guy!" with a slap pass. There is no trying to out pretty Mr. Smooth.
I am not trying to make small of this...it's taking some time to get used to Kovy but against the better more skilled teams is where he pays off!
Example: One of the few shooters Brodeur fears!
Example 2: Our Power Play is becoming "World Class!"
Example 3: Fish really does have not bad hands after all!
Example 4: Nick Foligno knows now that he may get a pass at anytime from anywhere...and that's cool...keeps a guy ready...
Example 5: One of these games they will put #27 with #19 for a 5 on 5 type Pressure Play that will look like a Power Play!
So watch our 36 year old Super Star and our 36 year old Super Star "Captain" and enjoy them while we have them!