Former Habs scout absolutely rips Matvei Michkov and calls him a bust

Published August 20, 2023 at 2:30 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers were expected to have plenty of options at the No. 7 spot in the 2023 NHL Draft, but after an interesting top-six in the draft, they may have had arguably the best prospect not named Connor Bedard fall into their lap.

Superstar potential


At 18-years old, Michkov has plenty of time to develop into a great player, and while six teams passed on him, the overall consensus was that he can become a great NHLer one day.

Despite his age, Michkov excelled in the KHL a season ago, putting up 9 goals and 20 points in 27 games, and for a young player in one of the toughest leagues in the world, this showed the Flyers scouts enough to pick him high in the draft.


One person that doesn't have him rated very highly is former Canadiens scout Grant McCagg, who had this to say on the latest episode of The Stick Podcast.

I honestly think he could be the next Yakupov," said McCagg much to the shock of the hosts. "He doesn't blow me away... he's not super fast, he's not big, I wouldn't call him a gritty player. He's gonna have problems dealing with the NHL, in the playoffs especially.

It is worth noting that McCagg had him rated highly in his pre-draft analysis, but for some reason, things seem to have changed.

I just don't picture this guy being an impact NHL playoff player. The teams didn't just pass on him because they had character concerns," said McCagg. "I've talked to a lot of scouts.

Ultimately, it's going to be a few years before we can get a gauge on Michkov, but right now, it seems a little early for a former scout to be making these types of predictions.

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Former Habs scout absolutely rips Matvei Michkov and calls him a bust

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