The top Russian forward prospect from the 2023 draft may well be a linemate in 2023-24 with the top Russian fwd for the 2024 draft. Michkov and Ivan Demidov each had a goal and assist in a SKA loss on Aug. 3 in KHL exhibition action. Demidov may be a top-three pick next draft: pic.twitter.com/tE7spYQqtD
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) August 5, 2023
When we think of Russia’s top prospects, Matvei Michkov’s name springs to mind for obvious reasons.
Some were talking about him being the best Russian prospect since Alex Ovechkin for the last NHL draft, so much so that he has great potential. But…
Ivan Demidov’s name will soon be added to the discussion. The latter is seen as one of the most attractive prospects in the 2024 draft, and if the draft were held tomorrow morning, Demidov would probably come out (very strongly) in the top-3.
The kid’s got talent.
He’s so good that Grant McCagg, who specializes in prospects, sees him (already) as better than Michkov. In his eyes, Ivan Demidov will become a better NHL player than the Philadelphia Flyers prospect:
– The Sick Podcast with Tony Marinaro (@thesickpodcasts) August 11, 2023
It’s a bit ironic that Demidov and Michkov are currently playing together with SKA St. Petersburg.
Demidov has taken part in the team’s preparatory activities, and in Russia, he is expected to be relegated to the MHL (Russian junior league) so that he can continue to develop properly.
The nice thing about Demidov is that he does everything on the ice. He’s like Michkov in that he has no trouble finding the back of the net… But it’s his vision that stands out.
Demidov has a disconcerting ease of finding his teammates on the ice and sometimes looks like he has eyes all the way around his head. Add that to the quality of his wrist shot…
– Good question. What’s your pick?
Which of these protectors of the parted pipes do you want in net? 🙅♂️ pic.twitter.com/rIphumxDRZ
– NHL (@NHL) August 11, 2023
– Well done, Kyle Turris.
A special thank you to Kyle Turris, former @Senators player, for visiting the kids at Roger Neilson House.
– Roger Neilson House (@RNeilsonHouse) August 11, 2023
– Carl Soderberg says he’s happy with his NHL career.
After starting his NHL career at 28 and returning from a career-threatening injury, Carl Soderberg reflects on his playing career and reveals what’s next for him: https://t.co/hkvMGoPBXZ pic.twitter.com/EYweOwp5ZY
– NHLPA (@NHLPA) August 11, 2023
– It takes what it takes!
“I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” – Alejandro Davidovich Fokina/Michael Scott pic.twitter.com/OpaZ6bZigG
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 11, 2023
– Yes, already. He needs to find some consistency in his game.