1. Ilya Kovalchuk
Ilya Kovalchuk plied his trade with the Atlanta Thrashers for seven and a half years and while the Russian forward played for a team that wasn’t exactly exceptional, he was a star for the franchise.  

The former first overall NHL draft pick proved to be a good scorer and in the 2003/04 season, he would win the coveted Maurice Richard Award for netting the most goals in the National Hockey League.  At present, Kovalchuk still holds most of the offensive records for the team and while he was never a Jet, it will be a while before he relinquishes this spot on our list.

No matter what, Kovalchuk will always be the best Atlanta Thrasher of all-time.  We will let you decide what that is worth.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Tver, Russia
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 1st Overall in the NHL Draft 6/23/01.
  • Departed: Traded to the New Jersey Devils with Anssi Salmea and the 2010 Second Round Pick for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and New Jersey’s 2010 First and Second Round Pick.
  • Games Played: 594
  • Notable Statistics: 328 Goals
    287 Assists
    615 Points
    429 PIM
    1.04 PPG
    -84 Plus/Minus
    74.5 Point Shares
    2 Points in 4 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Maurice Richard Trophy (2004)
    Second Team All Star (2004)
    All-Star Game (2004, 2008 & 2009)
    Most Goals (2004)
    Most Power Play Goals (2006)

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