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The unbearable character of the Russian nekstvan. In America, they are afraid of Matvey Michkov’s tricks

Date: June 22, 2024 Time: 16:55:34

The next NHL Draft, already number 61, will begin in 2023 from June 28 to 29 in Nashville, USA. The traditional lottery draw was held on May 8. According to league rules, 16 teams that did not make the playoffs based on last season’s results are participating. The winner of the lottery, as well as the owner of the right of first choice, was the Chicago Blackhawks club, the second place was taken by the Anaheim Ducks, and the third – Columbus Blue Jackets.

According to the authoritative North American media and various types of inside information, the clear favorite in the fight to come out below the first number is the talented young Canadian Conor Bedard. Of the Russians, unsurprisingly, the “Russian next door” Matvey Michkov turned out to be the best, and is predicted to be the third or fourth pick in the upcoming draft. However, in recent years, NHL dealers have started talking about the unbearable nature of the young Russian, which is why, perhaps, his current leading position can be significantly affected.

After succeeding at the junior level in the 2021-2022 season and winning the Kharlamov Cup (Matvey was the main attacking force in the SKA-1946 St. Petersburg team), Michkov predictably rose in the KHL. In December 2020, the striker signed a five-year contract with SKA, after which he had the chance to make his senior debut. In 2021, Matvey became the first hockey player born in 2004 to play in the KHL.

Photo source: SKA

In the fall of 2021, Matvey is included in the national team to participate in the Karjala Cup and becomes the youngest player in the Russian national team in its entire history. At the time of his debut, Michkov was 16 years and 11 months old. Two years later, he will score his first goal against the Swedish national team and become the youngest goalscorer in Russian/USSR history. On September 6, 2021, Michkov scored his first goal in a match against Admiral in the KHL. In December 2022, the striker went on loan to HC Sochi, where he played 27 games and scored 20 points (9 + 11), becoming one of the leaders of a hopeless outsider.

Every action of Michkov is under the close attention of hockey experts and the media. It is not always possible for bright talents to go through the entire professional career brilliantly and smoothly, and there are a lot of such cases, but Matvey representatives and agents check every step on the way to a great hockey career. In roughly the same vein, they lead their neighbor Conor Bedard in North America, who is predicted to have a career almost like Sidney Crosby’s. By the way, fantastic speculations about the future rivalry between Bedard and Michkov are often thrown into the press as seed, citing the confrontation between the main talents of the 2000s, Crosby and Ovechkin, as an example.

In the second round, the student of the Yaroslavl hockey school Daniil But will leave. His position before the initial draft is estimated to be around the second ten. Last season, the eighteen-year-old striker made 15 appearances for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s main team, in which he scored twice. Hockey agent Alexei Dementiev, in his review of Russian prospects, calls Bout an even more promising hockey player than Matvey Michkov. Possessing serious anthropometric data (191 cm and 81 kg), Daniil is Loko’s top scorer in the MHL. In the regular season, Booth played 26 games in which he scored 26 points (15 + 11). In the Kharlamov Cup playoffs, Daniil scored 9 points (4+5) in 7 games.

Photo source: MHL

Next to Bout in qualifying is another representative of Yaroslavl Dmitry Simashev. A young and very stout defender (194 cm tall, 91 kg in weight) played 18 games for the Lokomotiv point guard, but did not score with effective actions. Dmitry can be considered a detail in the June draft, because in North America they really like defensive players in general. Simashev is the main defensive force of the Loko youth. In comments from local fans, Simashev is often called “Russian Zdeno Hara” for his ability to shoot hard.

Photo source: HC Lokomotiv

The next Russian, according to Sportsnet, in the second twenty will be the representative of the Omsk Avangard system, defender Mikhail Gulyaev. For the Avangard main team, Mikhail played 13 games, in which he scored one assist. In the MHL, Gulyaev successfully plays for the Omsk Hawks. In the season that ended in 22 regular season games, the defenseman scored a significant 25 points (2 + 23), in the playoffs he scored another ten points (2 + 8) in 17 games.

Photo source: HC Avangard

There are also Russian surnames in the third ten. Take left winger Aidar Suniev, for example, who plays overseas in the British Columbia Hockey League and represents the Penticton Vis club. Born in Kazan, the hockey player moved to the United States in 2019, where he played for various clubs in the US youth leagues. In the 2020-2021 season, he briefly visited CSKA, played several matches for the army club’s youth teams, and returned to the United States. Beginning with the new season, Aidar moves to the leading North American NCAA student league, where he will play for the University of Massachusetts team.

Roman Kantserov, a player in the Youth Hockey League and the main star of the Magnitogorsk Steel Foxes, appears closest to the ten quarters of the draft. Agile, combative and technical striker. In youth hockey, Roman is an important figure. Not surprisingly, Kantserov has been among the top scorers in the league for a couple of seasons. For example, last season in the MHL, Roman scored 54 points (27+27) in 45 games. However, the striker played just two games for the Metallurg rank and file, in which he received just over a minute of playing time.

Photo Source: HC “Steel Foxes”

Two more Russian juniors should prepare for the fifth round of the draft. In the region of seven ten, according to estimates by The Hockey Writers portal, the Chelyabinsk hockey student Alexander Rykov should leave. Last season, Traktor raised Rykov a couple of times to base from young Chelmet. The left winger played 6 games. True, during this time he managed to spend only three minutes on the ice. The Chelyabinsk school has always been famous for its talents. And this time, the NHL preliminary procedure will not work without his compatriot Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Photo source: HC “Tractor”

At the end of the preliminary lists is the representative of the Yekaterinburg hockey school, Artem Kashtanov. The eighteen-year-old center forward of Avto did not have a single chance to prove himself in the adult team. But Artem has experience of playing not only in MHL, but also in VHL, where he played 4 games for the Gornyak-UMMC (Verkhnyaya Pyshma) club. In the youth team of “Auto” Kashtanov played 49 matches, in which he scored 44 points (16 + 28), which, given his size (195 cm-71 kg), is not surprising. Playing with five cents is the main weapon of the boy from the Urals.

Photo source: HC “Avto”

So far, there is no clear understanding of which clubs will recruit our hockey players, but there are a lot of rumors, such as the head of TSN’s scouting department, Craig Button, sending Michkov to desperate Arizona. Columnists of the authoritative portal The Athletic predict Matvey the San Jose Sharks club, and The Athletic journalist Corey Pronman suggests that the Russian diamond will go to visit Alexander Ovechkin in Washington. For the rest of the Russians, even more fog. Summer will show who will choose whom in the end.

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