Kings president Luc Robitaille expects Kovalchuk to score 25-30 goals this season, Josh Cooper of The Athletic reports.

Like a fine wine, Kovalchuk, 35, only gets better with age. In the five-plus seasons spent abroad in the KHL, Kovalchuk's final two were his best statistically. Meanwhile, he's averaged exactly one point per game in the North American "show" -- 816 points in 816 games -- including an 83-point campaign in 2011-12. Kovalchuk's specialty is scoring goals, especially via one-timers, whereas his new team averaged less than three goals per game in 2017-18. Expect the addition of the Russian sniper to cause that number to rise above three in 2018-19.

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