Robin Kovacs

by Geoff on October 16, 2017
Robin Kovacs - Photo Courtesy of hockeysverige.se

 

Robin Kovacs, LW/RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 176

Born: 1997-11-16

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Drafted: 2015 by New York Rangers, 62nd overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

October 2017 — Kovacs finished the 2016-17 season with 12 points (2G, 10A), including an astonishing minus-27, through 72 games played with the Hartford Wolfpack.  In September 2017 Kovacs attended the Rangers training camp where he was an early cut and failed to suit up in an exhibition game.  In early October the Rangers placed Kovacs on unconditional waivers for the purpose of cancelling his entry level contract.  Kovacs has since returned to Sweden and has signed on with Lulea HF.  Geoff Kent

February 2017 – Kovacs' North American debut with the Hartford Wolfpack has been less than stellar. After scoring in his first AHL game Oct. 14, he has yet to find his second goal of the season through 45 contests. Kovacs is shooting 2.6% and averaging less than one shot attempt per game, both disappointing totals considering the young winger's abundant speed and prior offensive production in his native Sweden. Overall he has eight points (1G, 7A) with five of those points coming in a six-game stretch in mid-December. Kovacs turned just 20 in November, so some time remains for him to prove that he can adjust to the North American game. Geoff Kent

 

 

August 2016 – Kovacs scored at a nice pace towards the end of last season in the HockeyAllsvenskan, recording seven goals and four assists in his final 11 regular season games. He also had four points in seven playoff games. Despite not having a big jump in production, the New York Rangers inked the Swedish speedster to an entry level contract on July 16, 2016. His agent later confirmed that Kovacs would in fact play in North America this year. While the OHL’s North Bay Battalion do hold his junior rights, their recent addition of defenseman Adam Thilander makes it likely that Kovacs will play for either the Hartford Wolf Pack or Greenville Swamp Rabbits this year. Dylan Finan

January 2016 – The speedy winger has been playing in both the Swedish Hockey League, the top professional hockey league in Sweden, and the league a step below (Swe-1). He has dressed in only four games for Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League. In those contests, Kovacs has just one assist, and a minus-1 rating. His numbers playing for AIK in the Swe-1 league provide a better indication of what he has done this season. He was able to amass 14 goals and nine assists through his first 33 games. His numbers are not jumping off the page this year, but he still has some room to grow, and hopefully for the Rangers he can earn a full-time spot in the Swedish Hockey League. Bryan Puffer

June 2015 – The New York Rangers selected Robin Kovacs with the 62nd pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The speedy winger was also selected by the North Bay Battalion in the second round of the CHL Import Draft so he does have options to play in the OHL for 2015-16. Brendan Ross

June 2015- Kovacs likes to wreak havoc on opponents whether it’s on the score sheet or in their head. His abilities allow him to play in any situation and his deception mixed with a lethal shot makes him threat to score at any moment. As the second youngest player on his team at 17-year-old, Kovacs led AIM who play in the second-tier Allsvenskan in goals (17), points (28) and penalty minutes (63). For his efforts he was nominated for the “Guldgallret” as the junior league’s best player. Kovacs laced them up with fellow Swede and 2015 NHL draft prospect Oliver Kylington this past season and is hopeful to join him as an NHL prospect when his name is called between rounds one and three. Travis Watson

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Kovacs' ceiling is a top-six forward who isn’t afraid to stir it up, so he could reward those with leagues that value PIMs.

 

Footage:

 

Kovacs dials up a laser of a wrister with seeing eyes to the far top corner to notch the score at 1-1. The goaltender never stood a chance.

 

 

 

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