No one could expect anyone other than Ilya Kovalchuk, a player who could change the fortunes of whatever team signed him, to top this list.
Aside from Alexander Ovechkin, Kovalchuk is probably the most dynamic goal scorer in the league. Ever since the lockout, only Ovechkin himself has scored more goals in the NHL. This past season, Kovalchuk scored 41 goals and 85 points. This is the least amount of goals he has scored since the lockout.
Ever since the Russian superstar was drafted first overall back in 2001, he has 338 goals and 642 points in 621 games played, making him a point per game player. He is one of the best Russian players to ever play in the NHL and is only be behind Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin as the top current player from his country.
No matter what people say, Kovalchuk has the ability to instantly change a team's fortune. Every time he touches the puck he is always a threat to score. He has one of the best shots in the league as well as one of the most accurate. Add that to his blazing speed, and a game breaker is born.
Reports are saying that Kovalchuk has decided to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils in a seven-year, $60 million contract. If this is indeed true, the Devils have instantly become a better team (again).