Robin Kovacs


Stockholm Sweden

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3rd round (62nd overall), 2015


172 lbs.

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2010-11: Robin Kovacs played for the Flemingsbergs IK U18 team in Sweden as a 14-year-old and played for Stockholm 2 in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. In 20 games with Flemingsbergs he scored 12 goals with 13 assists and 34 penalty minutes. Kovacs scored 4 goals with 4 assists and 22 penalty minutes in eight games for Stockholm 2 in the TV-Pucken tournament. 

2011-12: Kovacs skated for the AIK Stockholm U18 team and was part of the bronze medal-winning Stockholm 1 team at the TV-Pucken tournament. He scored 12 goals with 16 assists in 25 games for AIK and was +17 with 61 penalty minutes. Kovac scored 4 goals with 15 assists and had the tournament’s top plus/minus (+17) in eight games for Stockholm 1 in TV-Pucken play. 

2012-13: Kovacs made his pro debut in Sweden’s Elitserien — finishing with no points nor penalties in two minutes of ice time in a January 31st game for AIK Stockholm against Rogle BK — and played for AIK’s U20 and U18 teams. He represented Sweden internationally for the first time, skating for the U17 team at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge. Kovacs scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +1 with four penalty minutes in six SuperElit league regular season games and had no points nor penalties in one U20 playoff game. An assistant captain for the AIK U18 team, he scored 32 goals with 32 assists and was +27 with 83 penalty minutes in 36 regular season games. Kovacs scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes in five U18 playoff games.  In six games for Sweden at the WHC he scored 1 goal with 4 penalty minutes. Sweden defeated Russia, 7-5 in the gold medal game. 

2013-14: Kovacs appeared in three games for last-place AIK Stockholm in the re-christened SHL and was one of the top scorers for the AIK U20 team. He played for the Sweden U18 team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Kovacs had no points nor penalty minutes in SHL play. He scored 15 goals with 13 assists and was +6 with 62 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games for the AIK U20 squad. In two SuperElit playoff games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes. He played seven games with the AIK U18 team, scoring 2 goals with 5 assists and finishing +2 with 51 penalty minutes. Kovacs was +1 with 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes in four games for Sweden at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. 

2014-15: Kovacs skated for  the AIK Stockholm men’s team, which was relegated to the Sweden second division (Allsvenskan) following the 2013-14 season. In 52 regular season games he scored 17 goals with 11 assists and was -6 with 63 penalty minutes. AIK finished 11th in the 12-team Allsvenskan,  avoiding relegation by finishing first in the six-team qualification series. Kovacs scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in 10 post-season games. He scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +5 with 8 penalty minutes in nine games for the AIK U20 team in SuperElit play. He played four games for the Sweden U19 team and was +2, scoring 4 goals with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Kovacs was ranked eighth amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by the New York Rangers in the third round (62nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Kovacs appeared in four SHL games with Rogle and was the second-leading scorer for AIK in Allsvenskan play. He had 1 assist and was -7 with no penalties, averaging 13:14 in ice time playing for Rogle. Kovacs scored 21 goals with 13 assists in 44 regular season games for AIK, trailing only Malte Stromwall in scoring. He was +2 with 54 penalty minutes as AIK finished first in Allsvenskan before falling to Karskrona in a qualifying series for elevation to the SHL. Kovacs had 1 assist and was -1 with 27 penalty minutes, appearing in two of five games during the best-of-five series. Kovacs scored 5 goals with 1 assist and was +4 with 6 penalty minutes in six games with the Sweden U20 team but was not part of the fourth-place squad at the 2016 World Junior Championship.

Talent Analysis

Kovacs is a tenacious player of adequate size who continues to fill out. He gets off to very good starts, is not afraid to test opposing defenders and push them back while creating space for not only himself, but for oncoming attackers, as well. His passing seems just fine but it is his nose for the net that is so impressive. He has little inhibition finding places to be for strong scoring opportunities, both with and without the puck. Kovacs continues to need added strength in all areas, not only to ward off opponents and protect pucks along the boards, but to keep his stride going over long distances. Often overly complicated with the puck, Kovacs is at his best when he makes the simple, sound plays.


Kovacs continued to develop his game in Sweden in 2015-16, appearing in four SHL games and playing a key role for first-place AIK in the second league (Allsvenskan). The 19-year-old has yet to sign an entry-level contract with New York and is likely to remain in Sweden for at least one more season before joining the Rangers. His size and scoring ability suggest some potential and more should be known about his long-term potential if he can secure a spot in the SHL in 2016-17.

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