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An untapped offensive potential with a heavy shot, but plays with a physical edge around his net.


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June 2022 – Kovacevic posted a successful season as his development continues its steady trajectory toward top-six pairing potential. The 24-year-old led all defensemen in even strength goals (11) with minimal power play time in favor of blueliners with a more pure offensive touch. This is especially impressive as he often produced against the best lines of opposing teams, cemented on the top pairing for the Moose. Kovacevic was named the Manitoba Moose defenseman of the year for the second straight season, hardly a wonder as the large-framed defenseman was heavily relied on delivering in all situations. He uses his length and reach effectively in the defensive zone and battles hard in front of the net. He is positionally sound, moves the puck well, and breaks up plays with a high IQ. Kovacevic is a bit of a late bloomer, but is coming into his own. He is expected to battle for a third-pairing spot with the Jets next season, among a handful of other Manitoba defensemen who may fit the bill. Justin Kaye


April 2020 – Kovacevic signed a two-year entry level contract with the Jets at the completion of his NCAA season last year. In his first full year at the pro level, he displayed his strong, physical side that will make him a tough pro. Kovacevic is likely to fit the bill of a stay-at-home defenseman at the NHL level. Jamie Zadow


March 2019 – Kovacevic’s play in his junior year at Merrimack has earned him a nomination for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He currently leads all Warriors defensemen with 18 points in 31 games this year. Jamie Zadow


November 2017 – The Winnipeg Jets’ third-round pick in 2017 is off to a good start in his sophomore year at Merrimack College as he ranks second amongst defensemen in scoring with a goal and nine points. Kovacevic is a rare combination of size and skill on the blueline that NHL GM’s covet and he showed flashes during Jets training camp in September. He’s a bit of a late bloomer being drafted in his age 20 season, but at 6-4 and 208 lbs. the Jets have themselves another big, able body on the backend. Jamie Zadow

Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth July 12, 1997
Height 6‘5”
Weight 218 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 3; Overall: 74


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Niagara Falls Rivermen U16 AAASCTA U1640 2 1113 22|        
 2013-2014 The Hill Academy U16 PrepU16 AAA66 5 2328 -|        
  The Hill Academy U16 PrepHPHL 16U7 0 22 2|        
 2014-2015 Ottawa Jr. SenatorsCCHL52 5 1419 20|Playoffs10 0 33
 2015-2016 Ottawa Jr. SenatorsCCHL21 2 810 6|        
  Hawkesbury HawksCCHL30 6 2026 21|Playoffs10 0 77 10 
 2016-2017 Merrimack CollegeNCAA36 3 1619 30|        
 2017-2018 Merrimack College