Great conversation w/@scottcwheeler on the Behind the Play Podcast!
– Scott on his career and writing process
– Scott’s scouting process, how to make a Mock Draft
– 2023 NHL draft, Bedard’s ceiling and more!
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– Alex Adams (@AlexAdamsBTP) May 26, 2023
Between now and June 28 and 29, we’ll see many different rankings and comments on the many prospects in the 2023 draft.
The name of the young Russian prospect is on everyone’s lips in the field hockey world, and even more so in Montreal in recent weeks, given that the Tricolore will be talking about the 5th spot, a position where Michkov could very well be available.
What’s complicated in the case of Mishkov, well, is the fact that he’s Russian and has a contract in the KHL until 2026.
The mere fact that he’s Russian is already scaring a lot of teams, including the CH, according to various reports.
However, Mishkov’s talent is undeniable, and that’s what has the GMs of many teams scratching their heads.
The general opinion is that if Mishkov were a Canadian, for example, he’d definitely be drafted second, maybe even first.
In short, he’s a controversial prospect who, in the end, could make several teams, including the CH, regret not taking the risk.
Despite all the negativity and comments about Michkov being too big a risk, some experts hold him in very high regard, and that’s the case with Scott Wheeler.
That’s a big comment, especially coming from the guy who says he never said that about Connor McDavid (back in the day) and Connor Bedard.
“He’s the kind of player who can have an easy 100-point season at the peak of his career. I’ve never said that about any other prospect, whether it’s McDavid or Bedard, so it’s a testament to his true talent.” – Scott Wheeler
That’s a pretty big statement from the renowned expert, who explains that Michkov is a lot closer to Bedard than some people think.
According to Wheeler, ‘is the best Russian prospect since 2004, the year Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin were drafted.
In short, teams that decide not to draft Michkov may come to regret it in a few years’ time.
Let’s hope the CH doesn’t make such a mistake, if Michkov really is a star in the making.
In a gust
– Read about Owen Beck.
Live from Kamloops, an interview with Owen Beck. A look back at a big learning season. https://t.co/czwDFeEie8
– J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) May 27, 2023
– Auston Matthews will be patient.
This week in Quick Shifts: Bet on Auston Matthews to wait past July 1 and hold the hammer, new Leafs GM cannot be handcuffed by promises, why Connor Hellebuyck to Buffalo makes too much sense and nine more NHL goodies from @lukefoxjukebox. https://t.co/xJpLnDB0zD
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 27, 2023
– Signature in Buffalo.
We have signed defenseman Ryan Johnson to a two-year, entry-level deal!
He will report to @AmerksHockey.
– Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) May 27, 2023
NY Islanders Need Barzal and Horvat to be Top-Line Performers https://t.co/kaYHRQkA1N
– Spector’s Hockey (@SpectorsHockey) May 27, 2023
– Q1 results.