Ilya Valeryevich Kovalchuk
Left Wing
Right-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 235 pounds
Born: 4.15.83 Tver, Russia
How he arrived: Traded by the Atlanta Thrashers with Anssi Salmela and Thrashers' 2nd round pick
in the 2010 E.D. for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier, and Devils' 1st and 2nd round
picks in the 2010 E.D., 2.4.10
How he left: Retired from the NHL, 7.11.13, signed with SKA St. Petersburg (KHL), 7.15.13
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
When the rumors started swirling around, I honestly never thought that Kovalchuk would be a Devil. But even pursuing
him showed everybody that Lou Lamoriello was going for it.

He's got it all. Size, strength, speed, skill. His heart was questioned in Atlanta, but upon arrival in New Jersey, he
showed that he had that, too. The common belief is that he didn't like playing in Atlanta.

His defensive game is questioned, too, but that's nothing that can't be fixed. That's 8 years worth of bad habits that the
Devils' coaching were trying to undo, and results have been showing.

Even if it was a rental move ultimately... a 3 and a half year rental, it was a gamble that Lou needed to take at the time...

Twice. And I'm referring to "The Summer of Kovy" there.

I remember that he had mentioned that the Cup was a priority when coming to New Jersey. Well, he did get A Cup
in 2015... The Gagarin Cup, not the Stanley Cup.
Entry Draft: 2001 First Round Pick (1st overall) by the
Atlanta Thrashers
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2009-10
NJ
27
10
17
27
9
8
111
2
6
8
0
0
0
1
2010-11
NJ
81
31
29
60
-26
28
245
9
12
21
0
0
0
9
2011-12
NJ
77
37
46
83
-9
33
310
10
19
29
3
2
5
5
2012-13
NJ
29
11
20
31
-6
18
123
2
12
14
4
0
4
5
Franchise
Career Totals
 
222
89
112
201
-32
79
789
23
49
72
7
2
9
20
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2009-10
NJ
5
2
4
6
0
6
19
1
3
4
0
0
0
0
2011-12
NJ
23
8
11
19
-7
6
70
5
3
8
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
28
10
15
25
-7
12
89
6
6
12
0
0
0
0
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise