Nikolai Kovalenko

Colorado Avalanche
Photo courtesy of KHL.ru

Fantasy Summary

Do-it-all top-nine winger with strong senses and good playmaking vision


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 17, 1999
Height 5‘10”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 6; Overall: 171

Observations

March 2019 – Lokomotiv’s elimination from the KHL playoffs means Kovalenko’s season has ended. His 6 points in 33 games doesn’t exactly jump off the page, but 5 of those point being goals is a promising note, and his 2 points in 7 playoff games is also passable for a rookie. It wasn’t a perfect transition to the top league in Russia, but it’s experience playing against top competition, so it will be worth it if he continues to grow in 2019-20. He’s still on the fantasy radar, but hasn’t forced us to add him just yet. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2019 – Kovalenko finished the WJC tournament with 3 points in 6 games, and was a standout in many games. His speed and relentlessness on the forecheck and cycle created chances on a regular basis, and he moved up the lineup as the tournament progressed ad he impressed on the ice. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2018 – Kovalenko is one of the final last-minute additions to Team Russia in the WJCs. His record on the national team this year is good so far after being MVP of the Junior Club World Cup earlier this year. He has 5 points in 12 KHL games so far in 2018-19, which doesn’t explode off the scoresheet but playing in the KHL full-time as a 19-year-old is no small feat. After being nearly a point-per-game player in the Junior league in 2017-18 prior to being drafted, adapting to the men’s league is his next big step. He is extremely respected by coaches in Russia due to his strong desire to learn (and coming from a hockey family doesn’t hurt), and was granted the rare opportunity to choose his jersey number. These are all outstanding positive signs for the young Russian, who still needs time to develop but is looking like a late-round steal for the Avs if he decides to move to North America. Hayden Soboleski


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U16 Russia U16 32 15 24 39 16 |          
  Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U16 Russia U16 Finals 6 3 5 8 2 |          
  Russia U16 (all) International-Jr 3 0 5 5 0 |          
 2015-2016 Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U17 Russia U17 15 9 17 26 12 |          
  Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U17 Russia U17 Finals 6 3 0 3 31 |          
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 4 4 1 5 0 |          
  Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl MHL B 17 6 12 18 8 |          
  Russia U17 WHC-17 6 0 0 0 2 |          
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 1 0 1 4 |          
 2016-2017 Loko Yaroslavl JCWC 5 1 2 3 0 |          
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 35 3 11 14 35 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1 12 
  Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl NMHL 2 5 3 8 0 | Playoffs 9 1 5 6
 2017-2018 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 2 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 33 10 21 31 34 | Playoffs 13 1 11 12 22 
  Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl NMHL 2 1 1 2 0 |          
 2018-2019 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 33 5 1 6 14 | Playoffs 7 0 2 2
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 11 3 6 9
  Loko Yaroslavl JCWC 5 3 5 8 12 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 6 1 2 3 12 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 11 1 7 8 20 |          
 2019-2020 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL - - - - - |          

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