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#15 - Alex Kovalev


Since Alex Kovalev was taken with the 15th overall pick by the New York Rangers in the 1991 Entry Draft, he has become 70th on the all-time goals scored list. You would think that impressive feat would be enough to consider him a success, especially considering he has won a Stanley Cup. However, Kovalev’s effort from game to game has wavered significantly, with him consistently “phoning in” appearances over the course of his 21-year NHL career. Towards the end of his NHL career, this behavior became more frequent and ruined his reunion tour in Pittsburgh. He would almost certainly be in the Top-50 goal scorers of all-time if his effort had been consistent.

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