mikey287 wrote:He ranks highly in technical skill, sure. There's more to "skill" than just that of course, which, as you aptly note, contributed to the lack of production.
Alexander Mogilny the same way before him, Alexander Semin the same way after him. World class technical skills, lots lacking in the rest of their game. Semin is by far the most complete player of the trio, that tells you all you need to know.
Without a doubt, which is why I would argue about his skill level, but not about his place in hockey history. He's light years away from ever being considered one of the best players in NHL history. There's so many elements of the game outside of pure skill that factor into creating great players and its in those areas that Kovy was lacking.
Regardless of that, watching his Warrior Hockey videos on Youtube is always impressive.