A generational goal scoring talent who is a threat from all over the offensive zone. His quick and accurate release, along with his elite offensive vision, should make him a star in the NHL whenever he arrives.
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September 2022 – The story behind Michkov is a tricky one. He was long considered to be a challenger to Connor Bedard for the first overall pick but is probably a lot closer to names like Adam Fantilli and Leo Carlsson than Bedard. He spent last season in Russia, where he has a contract for the next four seasons, and that will probably impact his draft stock. He has already played a ton of games against men – even at the national team level – and has played impressively there. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing him in the international tournaments this season – for obvious and unfortunate reasons.
If Bedard is already an NHL-level goal scorer, so is Michkov. He might not have as powerful a shot as Bedard, but he releases it quickly, and it is deadly accurate. He also has a unique skill of scoring goals from seemingly impossible angles and situations on a consistent basis. Basically, he doesn’t even need a scoring chance to score. He has incredible puck skills and has also mastered the lacrosse move – or whatever you want to call it, and will probably score at least one of those this season. Michkov is not only a goal scorer, though, as he has a very versatile offensive toolkit. He can build a rush, deke players out, or make a great pass. He can control the puck in the offensive zone and is constantly looking for free space when off the puck. It probably goes without saying that he’s an excellent powerplay weapon as well – a real dual threat. If something is a bit concerning, it’s Michkov’s defensive game and smallish figure. He also doesn’t really play bigger than he is – unlike Bedard. Even with those slight concerns, he will be one of the top players in this class and could hold onto the second spot on draft boards all season. Eetu Siltanen
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