An inside look at the process that led the Coyotes to deliver not one but two draft-day surprises: Russian D Dmitri Simashev at No. 6 & F Daniil But at No. 12;https://t.co/i2c1mmoJQC
– Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) June 29, 2023
When Montreal turned its nose up at the Russian, the Coyotes had the chance to select him, but they didn’t. So the Flyers took advantage of the opportunity. The Flyers took the chance.
In the text below by Craig Morgan, we read that Arizona felt the player had no interest in playing in the desert. That’s one of the reasons they didn’t select him.
Instead, Bill Armstrong and his group picked up Mishkov’s compatriot, Dmitri Simashev. Simashev is a six-foot-four defenseman and his selection was somewhat surprising. But the Coyotes seemed genuinely interested in Reinbacher. Clearly, they held Simashev in higher esteem than Axel Sandin Pellikka. To give you an idea, the highly regarded Bob McKenzie had Simashev at 19th in his mock draft.
I have to admit, I don’t blame the kid. Who wants to play for a franchise that’s going nowhere and plays in front of as many fans as a university club? What’s more, MIchkov is counting on a contract for a few more seasons in the KHL. This pact expires in 2025-2026. He could come to North America before that contract expires, but the chances are slim.
Like all teams, the Coyotes were perhaps afraid of his contractual situation, and the fact that the player didn’t seem very interested in the city and the franchise was probably the final argument against the youngster’s non-selection.
– David Reinbacher is the NHL’s closest defenseman. [JDM]
– He’s not afraid of pressure.
A Quebecer very happy to be chosen by the Habs https://t.co/C4llh6qhfr
– steve turcotte (@steveturcotte) June 29, 2023
– Speaking of the wolf.
“I watched the Canadiens growing up and Carey Price was always a role model for me,” Miller explained in an interview with Hockey 360.
– RDS (@RDSca) June 30, 2023
– Max Paciorrety in Colorado? [HF]
– Vladdy gets a taste of his own medicine.
Pearson cools Vladdy off. 😅🚿 pic.twitter.com/P8kYgOOGux
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 30, 2023