Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/25/11 at 03:00 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In some ways, Hemsky at 27, seems to be heading down the same career path as Kovalev - a player with talent to burn and capable of dazzling on the ice. Peers and opponents greatly admire his raw ability - players love nothing better than to watch someone dangle the way Hemsky can. But the problem with Hemsky is the one that dogged Kovalev all these years - inconsistency, and when the droughts come, they can be deep and long because their confidence is so fragile.
The problem for the Oilers is trying to get decent value for Hemsky. They tend to overvalue his worth because they’ve seen him at his best and know the upside. Teams in the market go in with their eyes wide open and note both his injury history and how his game can fall off a cliff for weeks at a time. If the Washington Capitals do go out and make the push to get him, they’ll need to overpay to do so.
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