Ilya Kovalchuk's ready to lead
No one has scored more goals (254) in the NHL since Kovalchuk burst on the scene in 2001, and no one has played more games in a Thrashers' uniform (466). Yet Kovalchuk's efforts have only yielded one playoff appearance (a 2007 first-round exit at the hands of the New York Rangers). If those divergent numbers -- not to mention the start of an uncertain campaign with a new coach (
Against that backdrop, I had the chance to sit down with the Thrashers' superstar as training camp opened in Atlanta.
Anderson knows what Kovalchuk can do and that's score goals. Atlanta's new coach is understandably excited by the prospect of coaching a talent like Kovalchuk's. Now the two have to merge their goals with their gung-ho attitude and translate that into winning.