Mikhail Sergachev

by Mike Barrett on April 13, 2017

Mikhail Sergachev

Mikhail Sergachev, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 221

Born: 1998-06-25

Hometown:  Nizhnekamsk, RUS

Drafted: Montreal, ninth overall 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

April 2017: Sergachev was recalled by the Canadiens on an emergency basis for their season finale in Detroit. With the Habs already having clinched a playoff spot Head Coach Claude Julien opted to leave numerous veterans at home, citing injuries to Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin and Jordie Benn. Sergachev played just over 17 minutes in which he threw three hits, blocked one shot and finished with an even rating in a 3-2 OT Montreal win. The Spitfires star was steady but was immediately returned to Windsor following the fourth NHL game where he will now focus on competing for the Memorial Cup as the host team (Windsor was previously eliminated by London in seven games). This experience will go a long way when it comes to competing for a spot among the Canadiens top-six defenseman when September rolls around.  Mike Barrett

October 2016 - Mikhail Sergachev has been sent down to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL after dressing in only three games for the Canadiens so far this season. Averaging just over 10 minutes of ice-time per game, Sergachev never played more than the 11:48 he skated in his first game, and was held without a point in his brief big-league audition. He was the NHL's youngest player and buried on a deep blueline, so going back to compete against players of his own age with a ton of ice-time will do a world of good for the talented 18-year-old defenseman. Expect nothing but dominance from Sergachev in Windsor. Mike Barrett

October 2016 - The Canadiens announced that their most recent first-round draft pick will begin the season with the team. The stand-out rookie was slowed from the debut of training camp with a shoulder injury sustained at the rookie tournament, but Sergachev has been nothing but impressive since drawing back into the lineup. His top-notch hockey sense has made the transition to the speed of the pro game seamless (albeit in exhibition games), and has made plays with the puck on his stick. His offensive instincts inside the blueline are spectacular, so if he continues to produce the team may be forced to keep him. But aside from an unforeseen move of a Montreal regular, a nine-game run and back to Windsor for a chance at the Memorial Cup seems like the best recipe for his long-term success. Mike Barrett

July 2016 - Sergachev was the most dynamic Canadiens prospect at their annual development camp. He looked like a star forward carrying the puck and scoring goals; including a hat-trick in one scrimmage. He also showed that his hockey IQ assures that he will not be a defensive liability due to a natural ability to read and react. His superior build allows him to play the aggressive style he thrives in, either overpowering opponents to hold on to the puck, or laying out a booming body check across the blue line. Sergachev should be a lock to at least get the first nine games in Montreal, but depth in the lineup may send him back to Windsor to dominate. Mike Barrett

June 2016 – As Alexei Markov winds down, Montreal acquired another offensive Russian blueliner in the first round. Sergachev is close to stepping into the NHL so the Habs might come close to a seamless succession. Mark Allan

November 2015 - Sergachev is seeing his draft status raise like Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim skyrocketed up the charts in the previous drafts. Sergachev is an attractive prospect to NHL scouts as he uses his size to his advantage in his defensive game. He is able to plow the front of his net effectively and separate the man from the puck with a hit. Offensively he shows good instincts and an ability to run a power play. He has a big shot and finds shooting lanes and makes quick, accurate and smart passes. Peter Harling

February 2016 - Sergachev takes full advantage of his big body and does not hesitate to throw his weight around to clear the crease or turn over the puck. He moves very efficiently and has quick feet for a bigger player. His offensive game has developed significantly with his offensive contributions coming more on the man advantage in my viewings. He has all the tools to become a minute munching NHL top pairing defenseman.   Peter Harling

Fantasy Outlook: A

Sergachev projects as a top-pairing defencemen in two or three years with significant fantasy value. Compares to countryman Ivan Provorov.

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