Ilya Kovalchuk retires at age 30. HHOF or no? http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=56745 First overall draft pick, Rocket Richard Trophy winner, 816 points in 816 NHL games, 1 Stanley Cup Final appearance. 100 games in Russia/KHL and 96 points. 2 NHL lock outs/strikes hurt his overall stats or he probably would be a 1000 games/points player. Retires near his prime.