Let’s remember that the Russian had no intention of talking to every team before the draft → https://t.co/Mt1vDQOstl
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 26, 2023
On Wednesday night, all the questions we’ve been asking for weeks will finally be answered. The first round of the draft promises to be exciting… And the biggest story of the draft is definitely Matvei Michkov.
We know the Capitals are interested in him. It also appears that the Habs are very interested in the Russian, as reported by colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois earlier this morning…
And we’d like to think that’s true, given that the CH will be meeting with the Russian this week, on the eve of the draft:
The Daily Faceoff tipster told “The DFO Rundown” podcast that Daniel Brière and Philly management seem so interested in the young player that, in his eyes, the organization could try to move up to the 4th or 5th spot to be sure of getting their hands on Michkov.
The plan is simple. Brière could use his #7 and #22 picks to make eye contact with the Sharks and the CH…
Frank Seravalli on the DFO Rundown podcast says he thinks the Flyers are interested in moving up to draft Michkov. “I think what they’re trying to do is to take (picks) 7, 22 and whatever else required to then see if they can move up to 4 or 5.”
– HabsLinks (@HabsLinks) June 26, 2023
It’s Kent Hughes who could be happy about this.
After all, if the CH GM doesn’t want to select Michkov with pick #5, he could use the Russian to cause a bidding war between the Flyers and Capitals.
But by dancing with the Flyers and getting the #7 pick, Hughes would still have the chance to draft a player he really likes. If Bedard, Fantilli, Smith, Carlsson and Michkov were already selected, the CH could still choose a Ryan Leonard, a David Reinbacher or a Zach Benson…
Which would probably be the team’s plan anyway at No. 5 if the main idea is not to select Michkov. Add to that the fact that the Habs could also add another quality prospect at No. 22…
At that point, the CH will have to decide whether to select a player at #5 instead of (technically) drafting at #7 and #22. In a draft as talented as this one, I feel the answer is obvious…
But hey. I’m not Kent Hughes and I don’t know what the team’s plans are, ultimately.
– We’ll be watching closely this afternoon.
Just something to keep an eye on: believe Boston and Chicago are discussing possibilities that could benefit the Blackhawks and ease the Bruins’ cap situation. We will see where it goes.
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 26, 2023
– Another QMJHL departure.
– Stephane Leroux (@StephRDSJunior) June 26, 2023
– It wouldn’t really be surprising.
– Is it?
Last year, the Syracuse Crunch had three Quebec coaches behind the bench, but according to @anthonymarcotte, the situation will probably be different next year…
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) June 26, 2023
– Big deal in the NBA.
ESPN Sources: The Hawks are finalizing a trade to send F/C John Collins to the Jazz for Rudy Gay and a future second-round pick. Atlanta’s largely unloading Collins’ three years, $78M for some roster building flexibility and alignment with looming changes to salary cap. pic.twitter.com/CpAfTNXKMq
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2023