Mar 23, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) reacts after being injured during the third period against the Florida Panthers at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Panthers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk Calls 2013 the Worst of His Career


It is hard to imagine that someone who spent a number of years with the Atlanta Thrashers is just now reaching rock bottom in his professional career, but that appears to be the case for New Jersey Devils right winger Ilya Kovalchuk, who has called 2013 the worst season of his career.

“I think overall with the injuries and everything this was probably my worst season of my career,” Kovalchuk said. “It’s not easy and now with a lot of guys going to be unrestricted free agents, I don’t know what’s going to happen next year. We just can wait and see.”

The 30-year-old missed multiple games with a shoulder injury and the Devils won just one game during his absence.

Because of that stumble during the Devils season, the team went from a team who made an appearance in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals to a team that will not even make an appearance in the postseason.

It will be interesting to see how Kovalchuk recovers from this down season to move forward with his career, but his spirit is definitely in the dumps.

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