Losing their captain and leading goal scorer is a certainly a blow to the Thrashers campaign for the playoffs. Whether it is a fatal blow or just a bout of adversity depends on how the team plays in his absence.There is no one in the minors or on the bench who can replace Kovalchuk’s rocket shot and blazing speed—it will be up to the team to adjust to meet this challenge?
The Falconer is correct on this one, there is no person in the Thrashers organization that can replace Kovalchuk. The question is whether the Thrashers can sustain themselves during the time that Kovalchuk is out of the lineup.
Kovalchuk is tied for second in the league with nine goals in eight games this season. He is one of the main reasons that the Thrashers have gotten off to a decent 4-3-1 start. If the Thrashers can at least play .500 hockey while Kovalchuk is out, they will have a very good chance of making a run at the playoffs.