Alex Kovalev, by the Numbers: Why He's Having a Rough Year

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Alex Kovalev, by the Numbers: Why He's Having a Rough Year

Many Canadiens fans are growing tired of Kovalev's lacklustre play on the ice this season.

However, they must know that Kovalev only had two seasons over 80 points in his long career (2000-01 and 2007-08).

After 53 games, Kovy has 37 points (13 goals and 24 assists) on pace for a mere 57 points, a 27-point decrease compared to last year.

1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 65 20 18 38 79




1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 76 23 33 56 154




1994-95 Tolyatti Lada Russia 12 8 8 16 49




1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 48 13 15 28 30      

1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 81 24 34 58 98      
 
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 45 13 22 35 42




1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 73 23 30 53 44




1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 14 3 4 7 12




1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 20 26 46 37          
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 26 40 66 94          
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 44 51 95 96          
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 32 44 76 80




2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 27 37 64 50




2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 24 10 3 13 20




2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 66 13 29 42 54




2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 1 2 3 12          
2004-05 Kazan Ak-Bars Russia 35 10 13 23 80          
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 23 42 65 76          
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 18 29 47 78




2007-08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 35 49 84 70          

 

As a Ranger, Kovalev registered 275 points in 402 games for a 0.68 point-per-game average.

As a Penguin, Kovalev notched 347 points in only 345 games for a 1.01 point-per-game pace.

As a Canadien, Kovalev recorded 199 points in 236 games before this season for a 0.84 point-per-game average.

Finally, throughout his career (including this season's numbers) Kovalev played 1,126 games and recorded 913 points for a 0.81 point-per-game pace.

After looking at the above numbers, it would be wise and normal to expect about 65 points from Kovy over a 82-game season. Even fewer, if we take into account that the Habs' power play has been mediocre this season.

Last season, he recorded 37 points on the man advantage, 44 percent of his production. This season, he only has 14 points on the PP—38 percent of his total—which means he is producing more this season at even strength than last year.

The Canadiens' lack of success on the power play is reflected in Kovalev's stats and play, which in return hampers the Canadiens' ability to win close games.

I have been saying all year long that a productive Canadiens team must start with an effective power play. When Kovalev is producing on the PP, he is a happy player and he is not trying to do everything by himself, which in turn helps the remaining players carry and share the offensive load.

Players like Plekanec and Koivu are trying to do too much and are not able to bear that much pressure.

Bob Gainey, it's time to find the power-play specialist the Habs need so much!

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