He even finished the game as the 13th forward → https://t.co/cDWeqcnBaE
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 23, 2023
In recent weeks, Matvei Michkov has been the talk of the KHL. The young man is scoring by the ton, and he’s scoring some magnificent goals, all the while learning to play center.
All in all, there’s a lot to be positive about.
However, over the past few games, we’ve noticed that the youngster’s playing time has been plummeting. Remember that in his team’s last game, he was benched for a blunder.
Obviously, they want him to learn the hard way. He won’t have everything cooked up in his mouth, and we know that in Russia, youngsters often have to work very hard for playing time.
And even if the situation isn’t exactly the same, Mishkov is in the process of suffering the wrath of his coaches as well. After two games in which he hardly played at all, he was left outright today.
That’s the risk of playing a player in Europe.
Michkov played fewer than 8 minutes two games ago, and fewer than five minutes last game, including just one shift in the second period after this turnover. He is not dressed for today’s game. Having little control over development was one of the risks in drafting him. pic.twitter.com/p8rKXJUwUb
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) August 25, 2023
Even so, these are still warm-up games, so now might be a good time to send a message to the youngster. If it puts the knife between his teeth before the season starts, it’s not a bad thing.
But clearly, he’s going to have to work for his playing time this year. No matter how good he is, mistakes won’t be tolerated.
Incidentally, David Reinbacher’s team, EHC Kloten, were also in action today, but Reinbacher wasn’t in uniform either. In his case, however, it’s not a disciplinary measure: he’s probably preparing for the next camp.
We suspected that he would play his team’s first two preparatory games (which he did) without necessarily playing the others. In the end, he may already be in Quebec to prepare.
In short, we’ll be watching to see what the next few games have in store for Mishkov, but clearly, his KHL coaches are going to teach him the hard way. It’s up to him to force them to give him ice time.
– Now for your questions.
Oh yes, it’s time for my @DLCoulisses column of the week while heading to Wheeling right now.
– Mitch Giguere (@Mitch_Giguere) August 25, 2023
– Emil Heineman would like to play at the Bell Centre this year. But he’ll have to deal with congestion up front to get there.
Tomorrow morning, we’ll be featuring a lengthy interview with CH prospect Emil Heineman.
In the meantime, he wanted to say a few words pic.twitter.com/vJffd3rHaw
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) August 25, 2023
– It’s understandable.
Chychrun has only one concern👀🏒https://t.co/DoHvbIeWkA
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) August 25, 2023