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Fantasy Summary

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


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April 2022 – The move to switch teams paid off for Kovalenko who put up a career-high 14 points in 29 KHL contests and averaged over 2 SOG/game and nearly 1 hit/game. His ice time stayed higher than years prior and even jumped to 18 minutes per night in the playoffs (third-highest among team forwards), but his offense unfortunately dried up when it mattered most (so did most of the squad’s). Still, he is showing multi-category value in the KHL which is not to be ignored in deep fantasy leagues. Wait and see if there is NHL interest (from either the team or player) at the end of next season before drafting. Hayden Soboleski

September 2021 – Kovalenko has switched squads for the 2021-22 KHL campaign, moving to Ak Bars on a two-year contract. 9 games in with his new squad his aTOI has risen over 4 minutes from the year prior and is among the highest of the forward corps. His shot volume has now exceed 2 per game and his three points is one off the team lead. He felt that he could perform better with more opportunity and he is proving himself right so far; if he can sustain this production he will be highly coveted upon completion of his deal…at age 23. Hayden Soboleski

 

April 2020 – Kovalenko suited up for 54 KHL games, becoming a regular after 33 games in 2018-19 which is a great indicator for the 20-year-old who was the third-youngest member of the squad. His 10 goals and 21 points in those 54 games were just fine, but his hitting rate was exceptional and hit SOG rate strong, reinforcing his value as a multi-category producer. He is still a long-term own until he signs an ELC and moves to North America, but his skills are AHL-ready when he does turn pro. Hayden Soboleski

 

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 17, 1999
Height 5‘10”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 6; Overall: 171

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U16Russia U1632 15 2439 16|        
  Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U16Russia U16 Finals6 3 58 2|        
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr3 0 55 0|        
 2015-2016 Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U17Russia U1715 9 1726 12|        
  Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U17Russia U17 Finals6 3 03 31|        
  Loko YaroslavlMHL4 4 15 0|        
  Loko-76 YaroslavlMHL B17 6 1218 8|        
  Russia U17WHC-176 0 00 2|