I'm a big Penguins fan, but I've taken quite an interest in the recent Koivu signing. I stumbled upon the reaction over at behind the net, so I figured I'd check out Koivu's stats and see what he was all about. It turns out that he plays tough minutes everywhere on the ice, and still comes out with some killer numbers.
I then saw a fanpost at Japers Rink that was comparing Nicklas Backstrom's contract to Mikko's. When I said that Koivu might be equal to Backstrom, well...you can imagine the reaction. My questions to you guys are: What do you think of Koivu? Is he an elite player? Is he underrated because he doesn't get the benefit of circumstance like others, or am I just crazy?