The pick is a seventh round choice. It will become a sixth round choice if:
- The Pens win their first round series
- Kovalev plays in at least half of the games in the first round
I have to say I was wary of bringing Alex back to Pittsburgh, but at this price I absolutely love it. This is a nearly no risk move by Ray Shero. The biggest cost is the money out of ownership's pocket. There was room under the cap, and room on the roster given the injury situation.
What happens next is entirely up to Kovalev. He has a well-earned reputation as a playoff performer, but he is going to have to buy into the system that the Pens play. He'll have to be willing to work hard and play defense. He did waive his no-trade clause to come here, so he has to have an idea of what he's getting into.
I think he earns his spot in the Top 6 and solidifies the goal scoring from the wings. The Pens now look downright dangerous once they get healthy.