Kovalchuk/Malkin/Ovechkin Kovalchuk, Malkin, and Ovechkin had all been in the same draft. Ignore the fact the Kovalchuk has blossomed into a superstar in the NHL and just think of him prior to being drafted. If these three were in the same year, how would you rank them? I would prob go w/ Ovechkin first, just because he has been the next "prodigy" since he was a young teen. Kovalchuk and Malkin would be hard. Kovalchuk was always the pure scorer. Malkin seems to be more of a playmaker, but does not shy away from shooting. Kovalchuk played in the Russian Elite League, but Malkin played in the Russian Super League. I really dont know who I would pick. If I knew the outcome of how Kovalchuk came out and dominated his first few years, I would prob have him ranked at #1 of the 3. But this is purely based on pre-draft hype, stats, etc. So I'm going with the homer pick and going: 1)Ovechkin 2)Malkin 3)Kovalchuk Def. was hard to choose between 2 and 3.