Ultra promising prospect Matvei Michkov just made a strong statement about his future

BY MARCO    MARCH 19, 2023  (6:40 PM)
Rarely has there been a more polarizing case for a draft than that of Russian forward Matvei Michkov.

He is undoubtedly one of the most exciting offensive talents in the upcoming draft, and some even believe he has as much potential as Connor Bedard, who is being touted as a generational talent.

With a pedigree like that, he would definitely be a first overall pick in any other draft.

However, due to his nationality and the fact that he has a KHL contract for the next three years, NHL teams are likely to shun him in the early selections of the 2023 draft.


There's a good chance he'll even slip out of the top-5, and the team that dares to select him will be getting their hands on a real gem for the future of their organization.

In relation to his draft, Mishkov has finally broken his silence, and that could have a direct impact on how the first round goes.

The 18-year-old confirmed that it is his dream to play in the NHL. Even though he is signed in Russia right now, his medium to long term plan is to join the best league in the world.

"It is my dream to play in the NHL. But, for now, I will continue to work on my game at home in Russia." - Matvei Michkov

That might reassure potentially managers who get the chance to get their hands on him.

If not for all the current circumstances, Michkov would have been able to play at the World Junior Championship, and he certainly would have confirmed his presence in the top-3.

Many believe that he is nothing less than the best Russian prospect since Alexander Oveckin. To imagine getting your hands on such a talent with the 6th or 7th overall pick in the draft would be pure madness!

In 27 games in the KHL with the Sochi team, he collected an impressive total of 20 points. This is the highest point total by a Russian prospect in his draft year in the history of this league.


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