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The most surprising and disappointing NHL players this season

Yardbarker Logo By Adam Gretz of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 20: Ilya Kovalchuk's return from the KHL did not go as anybody planned. The Los Angeles Kings were hoping he could spark one of the league's worst offenses, but it never quite clicked for him or the team. Kovalchuk was a healthy scratch on more than one occasion and never gained the trust of new coach Willie Desjardins after he was hired in the middle of the season. 

Disappointment: Ilya Kovalchuk, Los Angeles Kings

Ilya Kovalchuk's return from the KHL did not go as anybody planned. The Los Angeles Kings were hoping he could spark one of the league's worst offenses, but it never quite clicked for him or the team. Kovalchuk was a healthy scratch on more than one occasion and never gained the trust of new coach Willie Desjardins after he was hired in the middle of the season. 

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