Ramblings: Thoughts on Kovy, some slumping Rangers, Eberle, Pulock, and uh…Ryan Reaves. No seriously – Reaves. (Oct 29)

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2018-10-28

Ramblings: Thoughts on Kovy, some slumping Rangers, Eberle, Pulock, and uh…Ryan Reaves. No seriously – Reaves. (Oct 29)

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I am not and never have been a fan of Los Angeles being a landing spot for Ilya Kovalchuk. I had picked him up last January with the expectation that he would sign somewhere, and was disappointed at his eventual destination. But that being said, I am certainly comfortable with him getting to 60 points this season. Even with a slow start I didn’t think anything of it. He had a three-point game Sunday, which brings him to a pace of exactly 60 points. He’ll have his hot and cold moments and fall above and below that mark, but ultimately I think that’s where his destination lies. Something to keep in mind if he ever gets ahead of that pace by a large amount – if you own him that would be the time to shop him.

Kovalchuk has been stuck with Adrian Kempe and Trevor Lewis as his linemates. His big game Sunday included just one goal with those guys, while the other two were via the power play. I suspect the bulk of his points come on the power play. Four of his five ES points came with Dustin Brown out and he was on the Anze Kopitar line. Sunday marked his first ES point without Kopitar on the ice.

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Can Filip Chytil be sent to the minors please? He’s just being wasted right now. Meanwhile Lias Andersson is leading Hartford with nine points in 10 games and getting all the ice time in the world. If his presence is simply to make it feasible to scratch the below two players, then it’s hurting him.

Ryan Spooner scored his first goal of the season. After his sizzling start with New York after being traded last year, we had higher expectations for him. But, as it is with Pavel Buchnevich, the coach isn’t a fan of laziness or perceived laziness (perception is just as important). But what we should have honed in on further was the fact that he had just seven PPPts last season despite 140 minutes on the power play. He’s not the PP asset that he was in 2016-17 (18 PPPts) and 2015-16 (17 PPPts). I don’t normally give up on players 10 games in, but he is one of those few in which enough signs are ther