– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 29, 2023
The Matvei Michkov file caught everyone’s attention at the draft. After all, we all know why the Flyers, who were drafting seventh, were able to select him.
Because of the war in Ukraine, the fear of selecting players from Russia is very real. Some teams simply haven’t wanted to consider the option since last year.
And clearly, the Coyotes are not among them. Why not? Because Dmitry Simashev and Daniil But, ranked sixth and second, were Arizona’s picks. What’s more, Matvei Michkov is in Philly.
In other words, the Russian factor didn’t stop two clubs from drafting players from Russia early on – and twice for the Coyotes.
It’s an interesting observation. Will this make clubs happy in the future? Watch this space.
It’s also interesting to note that three defensemen emerged in the top-11, two of them before Michkov. David Reinbacher, Simashev and Tom Willander are headed for Montreal, Arizona and Vancouver.
In the teeth of all those who say that “it’s a defensemen’s draft” and that forwards should be chosen.
After all, remember that the goal is to take the best player available – except when it comes to Mishkov, for example, since he’s a special case. If you think the defender is the best guy, you take him.
And if he’s Russian, we take him. And Arizona understands that.
– We meet again.
On the floor of Bridgestone Arena, Marc Bergevin seen chatting with Martin Lapointe and Trevor Timmins.
Old friends reunite.
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) June 28, 2023
– To be continued.
Ethan Gauthier could join a select group tonight in Nashville! pic.twitter.com/fOqiZ8Qzt7
– Field hockey 360 (@hockey360) June 28, 2023
– The saga continues.
New amphitheater | Coyotes identify six new sites to stay in Phoenix area https://t.co/evvgd0gZOG
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) June 29, 2023
– Will he find himself with a new team soon?
Pierre Dorion says Senators are not close to an Alex DeBrincat trade and are waiting until a deal is close before granting DeBrincat’s agent permission to talk contract with another team.
Also says he’s open to re-signing pending UFA Travis Hamonic but at a reduced salary.
– luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) June 28, 2023