– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) June 22, 2023
Arpon Basu of The Athletic seems to agree that the Habs probably won’t draft Mishkov, but he does bring other elements to the table regarding the prospect.
In a paper where several journalists from different cities gave their opinions on what Michkov could represent for different NHL teams, we note several elements in Basu’s Montreal answers.
Firstly, he asserts that the majority of fans really want to see him in town. After all, since Guy Lafleur, the Habs haven’t really had a true offensive superstar as such.
And that’s true.
Basu doesn’t think the CH will draft Michkov if he’s available, which is no surprise at all. Remember, the CH could still be happy to keep their #5 pick.
We’re less than a week away from having our questions answered → https://t.co/Akmcq4HxRf
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 22, 2023
Because the Habs already have Cole Caufield, a small, offensive-only winger, the club might feel that having another player in the same mold isn’t the recipe for winning the Cup.
At least, that’s Basu’s opinion… which I share. I think the CH can win with small players like Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield, but they also need to add weight for the playoffs. We know the CH understands the importance of this – especially after Matthew Tkachuk’s series in Florida.
His size and one-on-one game mean that outside the offensive zone, the CH is afraid of what he can do. Away from the opposition’s net, Basu raises red flags for the Habs, especially the way he drives the puck in the neutral zone.
And let’s not forget that for three years, the club won’t be able to control its defensive game either, since the youngster will be playing in Russia…
To me, this is a refreshing point of view, since we always talk about it as if it were a simple debate between “a perfect player versus a difficult geopolitical and contractual situation”… when in fact, there’s more to it than that.
– Good news.
Former @quebec_remparts goalkeeper Patrick Couture will take over the Gagne-Bergeron Pro-Am organization. He answered Alain Rioux’s call to keep the event in Quebec City.
– Carl Tardif (@ctardifsoleil) June 22, 2023
– Speaking of the draft.
– They’ll need a good game.
The Alouettes in the Tiger Pit https://t.co/MUUrrUYEzn
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) June 22, 2023
– We hope so.
À VOIR | “I think next year we’ll break the record again.” https://t.co/ngZmLYvMgN
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) June 22, 2023
– Now that’s funny.
At this point I fully expect Pierre-Luc Dubois to walk up on stage next week, take the mike from Kent Hughes and announce the Canadiens 1st round pick. Then when he’s still a Winnipeg Jet a week later claim he was only there because his agent invited him.
– HabsLinks (@HabsLinks) June 22, 2023