Scout Asserts Bold Statement About Matvei Michkov's Potential

Published May 15, 2023 at 7:48

NHL Scouting Analyst Compares Matvei Michkov to Top Players in the Game

A bold statement has emerged regarding Matvei Michkov, claiming that his potential is on par with some of the NHL's finest players.

Michkov, a dynamic Russian forward, initially made a name for himself as an elite forward prospect in the SKA St. Petersburg system. However, his limited minutes on the ice affected his projection until a loan to fellow KHL team HC Sochi revived his reputation among scouts.

Michkov's Journey and Skillset

After playing only a few games with limited minutes for SKA, Michkov was loaned to Sochi, where he excelled. Scoring 9 goals and 20 points in 27 games, Michkov led the KHL in points per game (0.67), breaking Vladimir Tarasenko's 2009-10 record (0.57).

Known for his quick speed, strong shot, and exceptional offensive awareness, Michkov has been seen as a top rival to the projected 2023 number one prospect, Connor Bedard.

High Praise from Independent Scouting Service

Kyle Woodlief, from the independent scouting service 'Red Line Report,' not only considers Michkov one of the most promising prospects in the draft but also compares him favorably to some of hockey's top talents in recent years.

In an interview with Tony Marinaro, Woodlief compared Michkov's potential to that of superstars Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon.

Woodlief went on to state that if he were to rank Michkov in the last 13 drafts, starting from 2011, he would place Michkov first in 11 of them. The only exceptions would be the 2015 (McDavid) and 2023 (Bedard) drafts.

This ranking places Michkov ahead of notables such as MacKinnon (2013), Matthews (2016), Nico Hischier (2017), Jack Hughes (2019), and Juraj Slafkovsky (2022), among others.

Divisive Projections and High Expectations

Many draft projections have been split between Michkov and Michigan Center Adam Fantilli, a freshman Hobey Baker Award winner, as the potential number two pick.

While the comparison to Matthews and MacKinnon is rare, Michkov's superstar prospect status has been partly overshadowed by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. The crisis led to Russia's suspension from IIHF tournaments, including the 2023 World Juniors, limiting fans' exposure to Michkov's talents.

Regardless of where Michkov lands in the 2023 draft, many regard him as one of the best prospects in years. Some teams may eventually regret not choosing this potential generational talent.

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Scout Asserts Bold Statement About Matvei Michkov's Potential

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