It would be almost poetic to have the Canadiens draft Demidov in the top-5 next season after what’s transpired this past week.
Insane MHL season he just finished (on par with Michkov)
Celebrini, Eiserman, and Demidov are three elite forwards for the 2024 NHL Draft. https://t.co/MzKxv0IVuK
– Marco D’Amico (@mndamico) July 3, 2023
We’ve only just finished with Matvei Michkov, and already another “Matvei Michkov” is making our eyes glaze over.
As Marco D’Amico points out in the tweet below, it would be almost poetic to see the youngster drafted by the CH, who ignored Michkov at the last draft.
Unfortunately, Demidov is likely to go out early and I don’t believe in the Montrealers’ chances of drafting in the top-5 of the draft for a third consecutive year. Not because I’m a conspiracy theorist who thinks the lottery is rigged, but because the team will have a better season than the last two.
While Demidov’s geopolitical situation complicates matters, his file is not as complicated as that of his compatriot drafted by the Flyers. In fact, the center/right-winger has a contract in the KHL until 2025. The team wishing to select him, therefore, would only need to wait a year (unless he extends his contract in his home country).
Not only is Demidov the next Mishkov, he could be even better. In fact, according to Dylan Griffing, who, via his Twitter account, seems to be a connoisseur of Russian prospects, he’s “the best Russian prospect he’s ever seen”. That’s saying a lot considering the quality Russian prospects who have passed through the NHL over the years. I’m thinking of Mishkov, but also Alexander Ovechkin, Kirill Kaprizov, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk and so on.
As I mentioned, Demidov, clearly a name to remember, did well in the MHL. His 1.5 points per game rivals Mishkov’s 1.73 points per game.
Here are just a few of the youngster’s highlights:
lol there goes Ivan Demidov pic.twitter.com/DGZBcVR83h
– Dylan Griffing (@GriffingDylan) July 6, 2023
He has such good hands and he’s so agile…
In short, the 2024 draft won’t feature Connor Bedard, but the top-3 really isn’t too shabby. Macklin Celebrini, Cole Eiserman and Demidov make up a very talented group. The three winning teams in the next lottery will have a very good player in their ranks, that’s for sure.
– Nick Bobrov’s track record is cause for concern.
A legitimate question, as this is a good list but not exhaustive.
Has Nick Bobrov, or a staff he’s led, ever picked a star/superstar in the top 10/first round?
His best pick looks to be Krejci in the second round, nearly two decades agohttps://t.co/gibE2YFXfs
– Dan Moldaver (@DanMoldaver) July 7, 2023
– Kyle Dubas finds a familiar face.
The Penguins have signed forward Andreas Johnsson to a one-year contract.
The contract runs through the 2023.24 season and carries an average annual value of $800,000.
– Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 7, 2023
– No surprises here.
Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev all advance to the 3rd roundhttps://t.co/OHY7kTTiRC
– RDS (@RDSca) July 7, 2023
– What a first round for him!
– Speaking of golf.