Rangers sign Robin Kovacs to entry level deal

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The Rangers have signed their fourth player today, inking prospect Robin Kovacs to a three year entry level deal. The 19-year-old winger (20 in November), the Rangers third round pick in 2015, had a very impressive season last year in the SHL. As a boy among men, Kovacs had a 20-goal season and put up 34 points in 44 games.

It was previously expected that Kovacs would spend another year in the SHL before coming over to North America. I am unfamiliar with how the transfer agreement between the SHL and the NHL works, but I’m assuming that if he signed, that he will play in the AHL next season.

Bringing Kovacs to the AHL is great news for a team that needs young, cheap talent infused into the lineup regularly. Kovacs is among the top prospects in the system, and projects to be a good middle-six forward if he continues to develop. Following up his strong age-19 season with a solid showing in his rookie AHL season is a good start.

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  • Great news, had a great prospect development camp and will play with Malte Stromwell in Hartford, which could feature highlite reel goals for Pack fans.

  • I’m happy to hear this news. I’ve been reading about this kid for a little while now. Every little bit helps and scoring 20 n 34 points in 44 games is not too shabby no matter what league he’s playing in.

  • Very excited about this one. Kovacs had great chemistry with Stromwall at the Rangers’ prospects camp this summer (I think they are teammates in Sweden).

    Elite skill and can play defense as well. Rangers’ drafting definitely has improved over the last few years. Whether they actually keep the players is another story, lol.

      • Considering all the picks they’ve traded, they’ve still managed to do well in the draft. Except for 2014. What a train wreck that draft class is.

        • Have to disagree as Rangers drafted two potential NHL star goalies, especially Shestyorkin, who I absolutely love. The kid has star written all over him from what I can see. These are the Ranger goalies of the future, Shestyorkin & Halvorson.

  • Signing a talented Swede is always a good idea. These kids generally learn to play the game the way it should be played, sound defensively, and offensively, while skating like the wind. He, along with Stromwall will we exciting to see together in a few years, on the parent team !!!!!!!!!!

  • Watching his highlites, you can see this kid loves to shoot the puck, with numerous one timers(a la Ovie) from the right circle though. Also likes to shoot off one leg like Mess & the best think is that he plays with an edge and aggravates opponents, no doubt drawing penalties. Another great 3rd rounder by Gordie & the boys.

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