Kovacs, the 62nd overall pick in 2015, was sent to Hartford during training camp.
He played last season in Hartford, scoring 2 goals and 10 assists in 72 games with a minus 27.
For more on Kovacs since he was drafted, click HERE.
The Rangers acquired the 62nd overall pick in 2015 by trading the 57th pick, acquired for Cam Talbot, to Washington for 62 and 113. Neither Kovacs (62) or Brad Morrison (113) are with the Rangers organization anymore.
Over the summer, Kovacs spoke with Hockey Sverige and said:
- His goal last season was to make the Rangers and while he and the Rangers were happy with how he played, he was sent to the AHL.
- He played the first 10 or so games in an offensive role but then became a 3rd/4th liner in Hartford
- The play in the AHL was much faster than it was back in Sweden and that he struggled with that.
- Last season was a "learning season" and he planned to come back this season "even stronger."
- While he had a tough season last year, he did not think about returning to Sweden.
- He felt that his play in Hartford was equal to his role and ice time. He wanted a different role saying "I know which player I am and what I can do. Had I played the game I did in AIL, I think the season had looked different."