The Sharks will therefore determine whether the CH will have to decide in the Matvei Michkov → https://t.co/II5NDnnFEF file.
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) May 13, 2023
Before the draft, the Habs denied the rumour, but did not draft a Russian player. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but maybe the rumor was true.
This year, the same rumor came back. That said, with the Matvei Michkov case, it’s taking on greater importance.
But on that subject, it’s worth noting that the Habsolument Fan site has come up with an interesting angle: which teams with a high pick in 2023 have chosen not to draft a Russian player in 2022?
- Blackhawks: NO
- Ducks: YES
- Blue Jackets: YES
- Sharks : NO
- Canadiens : NO
- Coyotes : YES
- Flyers : NO
- Capitals : YES
- Red Wings : YES
- Blues : YES
Of course, this doesn’t tell the whole story. Perhaps it was a combination of circumstances. Maybe the facts have changed in the last year. The quality of Michkov’s play may tip the balance the other way in 2023.
But it’s still an element to consider – among many others.
What’s worth noting is that the Blackhawks and Ducks are expected to draft Connor Bedard and Adam Fantilli. I don’t think Michkov can make the top-2 right now.
This is where it’s interesting to note that the Sharks, who may have to decide between Michov and the player between Carlsson and Smith who will still be free, didn’t draft a Russian in 2022.
Again, that’s not the whole story. That said, it’s a factor that must be taken into account when trying to decide which team will draft a Russian this year.
I really believe that Michkov will be available to the Coyotes at No. 6 and that the CH will pass. We’re talking about a club that has two top-12 picks and wasn’t afraid to draft a Russian early in the second round last year.
And I have a hard time believing that the Arizona club will pass if he’s available. But that’s just me.
Good news for the Mooseheads: Zachary L’Heureux will return to action tonight for Game 5.
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) May 19, 2023
No Stanley Cup for Canadian teams in 30 years https://t.co/qM1EOtLwRx
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) May 19, 2023
– Of note.
The NHLPA has named Ron Hainsey as Assistant Executive Director: https://t.co/FQrPP3ItZE
– NHLPA (@NHLPA) May 19, 2023
– If Patrick Roy returns to the NHL, it will surely be with a say in decisions on the second floor. [BPM Sports]
– Not yesterday’s, anyway.
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– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) May 19, 2023