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Checking in on Flyers top pick Michkov

Published December 20, 2023 at 4:46 PM

In the 2023 NHL Draft the Philadelphia Flyers were able to grab Russian superstar Matvei Michkov with the seventh overall pick. Every team in the Draft knew Michkov had superstar potential but were weary of selecting him due to Russia having his player rights for a few years. However, it looks like so far that Michkov is living up to expectations and quite possibly exceeding expectations.

According to NHL Draft Consultant Byron Bader, Michkov has superstar potential and has been showing it so far in the KHL.

"Michkov having a pretty insane year to add to already insane pre-draft numbers. Never been one that looks like this that hasn't turned into a point-per-game superstar."

Michkov has already been named a KHL All-Star this season as he has recorded 11 goals, 13 assists, and 24 points during a 25 game stretch. Something to note, Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin had a similar path of Michkov by spending his teenage years in the KHL, and Michkov has already surpassed some of his numbers.

Although the Flyers will have to wait until 2026 to call up Michkov, there is no question they have found their guy. With Michkov developing nicely along with 19-year-old Cutter Gauthier out of Boston College and two first round picks in 2024, GM Danny Briere and the Flyers front office have a great opportunity to not only make the Flyers competitive, but put them in a position to win Championships in the future.
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