That's because he's done nothing but dazzle of late.
Kovalchuk is riding a four-game point and goal scoring streak.
What's more, he has collected two points in each of his past four outings. In that same span, the Russian star has thrown at least six shots toward the cage.
In short: he's been brilliant.
But his stellar play has been there for much of the season. Through 38 games, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound winger has 17 goals to go along with 21 assists and ranks eighth in the NHL with 159 shots.
With players like Zach Parise and youngster Adam Henrique around to complement his dynamic play--not to mention other more than capable players like Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora--Kovalchuk could see his game elevate to even a higher level for most of the second half of the season.
As the Devils continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings, keep an eye out for No.-17 and his impact in your fantasy leagues.