Why does Recrutes have Mikhail Gulyayev ranked sixth overall in the NHL draft? He is the closest thing I’ve seen to Makar since Cale’s draft year when it comes to his skating ability – he is simply dynamic. Here is a video that demonstrates that:https://t.co/XCmmITbcfN
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) January 27, 2023
The Canadiens hit the nail on the head when they drafted Lane Hutson with the 62nd overall pick last year. This time, there’s another player similar to Lane Hutson: Mikhail Gulyayev. When I say similar, it’s as much in his style of play, as in the reasons why he finds himself a little low in the draft rankings.
Lane Hutson was 5’8″ when the Canadiens took a chance on him. Most teams were aware of his talent, but his small size on defense scared a lot of people. He’s now 5’9″ and reportedly closer to 10″.
It’s very similar to the Gulyayev story. He’s currently ranked near the end of the first round of the draft. That’s far from bad, but he could be ranked higher if he wasn’t Russian and was taller than 5’10”.
In fact, former Tricolore scout Grant McCagg thought he’d be drafted in the top 10 last January.
In 2022-23, Gulyayev collected 25 points in 22 games with Omskie Yastreby in the MHL, Russia’s junior league. He is completely dominant offensively and has an incredible skating stroke that makes him very effective defensively.
Of course, the problem is his physique, but that’s something that comes in handy. In any case, the NHL is full of small defensemen like Cale Makar, Quinn Hughes and Adam Fox, who do very well.
Speaking of Cale Makar, Grant McCagg, calls Gulyayev, “the Russian Cale Makar”! See why:
Mikhail Gulyayev continues to wow me. This kid looks like the Russian Makar. Just an amazing skater, and he can defend as well. He is an absolute delight to watch 3-on-3, as you will see in this recent OT rush in the MHL. pic.twitter.com/th7yjj5pqC
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) January 12, 2023
The NHL still doesn’t get it. A small player doesn’t mean a bad player!
If the Canadiens keep the Panthers’ pick, don’t be surprised if they select Mikhail Gulyayev. Kent Hughes loves home runs.
– I can’t wait to see who makes the top 10.
– NHL (@NHL) June 18, 2023
– A beautiful story this Father’s Day.
Stuck in the minor leagues, Whit Merrifield was about to quit baseball at age 25.
But advice from his father Bill kept the man who became a two-time All-Star playing.
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 18, 2023
– The Blue Jays have quite a puzzle ahead of them.