Seeing him sign a contract extension in Russia may scare the CH → https://t.co/JLMAXMIIqk
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 8, 2023
As my colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois mentioned this morning, the thousand-dollar question on the Habs’ minds right now is whether Montreal will draft Matvei Michkov in the fifth spot.
I wouldn’t be telling you anything if I told you that by drafting in the top-5, Kent Hughes has a good chance of seeing the Russian available when he steps onto the podium. But will he dare venture to Russia? We know the player’s situation is scary, and the more we hear from the GM, the less we expect Mishkov to be selected by the club…
We know that Hughes hasn’t spoken to the main player, but according to Martin Leclerc, the team remains among the most informed about him.
It’s not often that Leclerc speaks in a vacuum. It’s safe to say that Montreal has done its homework, even if none of the team’s personnel have seen the forward in action . For his part, Kent Hughes hasn’t seen him in action with his own eyes for two years. Managers and scouts have watched videos, but his play behind the screen doesn’t tell the whole story.
The team can still count itself lucky to have a certain Nick Bobrov in its ranks. Although the Russian hasn’t been in his homeland this year, he has contacts there and his father is a scout for Mishkov’s team, SKA St. Petersburg. Could Bobrov Jr. have heard some interesting things from his father about the player in question? It’s possible, after all, Sergei Bobrov doesn’t need to keep “professional secrets” about anything.
And I often wonder, “If Montreal drafted the kid, would Bobrov be able to get him to come to Montreal sooner?” The question arises because, remember, there’s nothing stopping Mishkov from honoring his KHL contract. Agreements in Russia can be bought out. One thing’s for sure: his contract is scary.
The more time goes by, the more clues pointing to the non-selection of Matvei Michkov by the CH.
Without confirming that he would pass, Kent Hughes made some statements this morning that speak volumes about his perception of the “Michkov file”. pic.twitter.com/hiVyj2vpb1
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) June 9, 2023
– The Jets are obviously not going to give anyone PLD.
Canadiens fans should temper their expectations…😳😕https://t.co/2JhwYLwQnz
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) June 8, 2023
Leo Carlsson and Will Smith | Le Canadien does its homework https://t.co/OAHlkzBSy4
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) June 8, 2023
– Oh, yeah?
Pride Weekend: Anthony Bass will catch the ceremonial throwhttps://t.co/nLAiJcCcIP
– RDS (@RDSca) June 9, 2023
Jamal Murray sustained a bad floor burn in Game 3.
When he was younger, his dad would have him do pain tolerance drills – including balancing cups of hot tea on his quads while holding a squat – to prepare for moments like this. From NBA Today: pic.twitter.com/q7WNTrLAPt
– Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 8, 2023
– Here’s hoping.