So many uncertainties in Russia just a few days before the draft. It’s a serious question. But there will no doubt be an outcome within 48 hours.
– Mathias Brunet (@mathiasbrunet) June 24, 2023
If all goes well, Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson and Will Smith will all emerge in the top-4 (in order or out of order) next Wednesday. And if so, that’s when the draft will begin.
Of course, there’s a world out there where that’s not the case. We know the Ducks and Sharks are intrigued by Matvei Michkov, which could force them to deviate from everyone else’s plan.
Because the more time passes, the more we get the feeling that Matvei Michkov won’t be the Flanelle’s choice. The Montreal club already has its reasons for avoiding him… and I, too, wonder how much the current situation in Russia might affect the CH’s decision.
Seriously, I know there’s a chance he’ll be drafted in the top-5, especially in San Jose, but I really have my doubts.
The more time goes by, the more I get the feeling it’s between three teams: the Coyotes (who have the sixth and sweet sixth picks), the Flyers (who have the seventh pick) and the Capitals (who have the eighth pick).
The Coyotes’ name doesn’t come up often, but the club can afford to take a chance on him. Arizona has so many options, that trying to hit the long ball may make sense, under the circumstances.
Flyers? They’re being mentioned more and more. Michkov fits in with the words of Daniel Brière, the team’s new GM, and the club might really have time to wait for him, given the long rebuilding process.
I also believe that a club could try to move up in the top-8 to draft him. I’m not saying it’ll happen, but it’s possible.
It’s been 15 years since the NHL Draft last saw a team trade up in the top 10.
But if there was ever a time to do it, Matvei Michkov is the tantalizing prospect that might make front offices consider it.
– The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) June 5, 2023
But if there’s a world in which Michkov slips down the Capitals’ pecking order, there’s also a world in which the Flyers could be tempted to work with the Russian too. The #7 pick thus becomes a threat to Washington.
If Michkov is available after the Sharks’ pick, the Capitals might want to talk to Kent Hughes to see if he could move down three spots.
We know it’s not an impossible scenario. It’s not what I want (I want to see the CH draft as high as possible) in the first place, but it could definitely be considered.
Obviously, calling up the Coyotes (which is likely, in reality) would also allow us to pass the Flyers, but as I’ve said before, I see a world where Arizona muddies the waters in the Matvei Michkov file.
I’m not saying the Capitals absolutely have to make a move with the CH, but a call doesn’t hurt, does it?
Capitals have eyes on Michkov as well, which is also why they may try to leapfrog Philly to snag him. Coyotes may be willing to work with them if right deal falls into place. https://t.co/jcUB6N2SZO
– David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 24, 2023
Obviously, at this point, the CH would have to assess whether it’s worth moving. After all, if there’s one reason why I don’t want to see the Habs drop in the draft, it’s the fact that the club needs to draft a big prospect.
Next year, the Habs don’t aspire to draft that low. Making the most of the 2023 pick is therefore important.
That being said, if the Capitals draft Michkov (who, in such a scenario, isn’t a Montreal target), that means there would be two selections left before the Habs.
What we do know is that Ryan Leonard is increasingly in demand in the NHL(playoff recency bias is real) and that David Reinbacher is also on the Habs’ radar. The Coyotes are said to like him, too.
If the CH likes its chances of getting one of the two (assuming it’s still these two guys who are Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton’s favorites after the top-5), maybe moving with the Capitals makes sense.
There are a lot of signs pointing in that direction right now → https://t.co/teCax3RuFD
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 10, 2023
If Hughes wants to be in an even better position, he could convince the Flyers that Washington wants to do whatever it takes to get their pick, create an overbid to ultimately trade the pick to the Flyers… and ensure they can draft either Reinbacher or Leonard.
But that’s a scenario that, last time I checked, only exists in my head.
– Speak of the devil.
For the first time since his MVP performance at the 2021 U18 Men’s Worlds, Matvei Michkov is in the United States. pic.twitter.com/9aiMNLBjyH
– Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) June 24, 2023
– Pat Hickey is back. [TSN 690]
– Things are bad in Pittsburgh.
After ten straight losses, the Pirates finally got a win. https://t.co/bxgzi9wEbr
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) June 24, 2023
– Capitals (a minority of the club, at least) for sale?[NBC Sports]