Spotlight On: Nikolai Kovalenko
After getting drafted in the sixth round (171st overall) by the Colorado Avalanche this past summer, Nikolai Kovalenko led his team to gold at the 2018 Russian Junior Club World Cup. He tied for the most points scored with eight (three goals, five assists) and was named best forward and most valuable player for his efforts during the tournament.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, the forward spent the 2017-18 season with Loko Yaroslavl in the Russian junior league (MHL) where he tallied 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists). He continued his near point-per-game streak in the playoffs where he recorded 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 13 contests. The 5-foot-10, 174-pound right wing finished sixth in team scoring after his squad won the MHL championship.