Mikhail Sergachev

Tampa Bay Lightning
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Summary

Sergachev is at the very top of Tampa’s depth chart as far as prospects go. His trajectory lends us to project him as a top-2 defender with a 2-way style. His offensive ceiling could see him become a top-5 defender in the NHL at some point.

Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country RUS
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 25, 1998
Height 6‘3”
Weight 215 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 9


February 2018 – After breaking out for the Lightning in the first half of the season, Sergachev had been mentioned in Calder talks until the significant breakout of Matt Barzal. While the trade-deadline neared, Sergachev was also mentioned in minor rumours as a potential blue-trading-chip for the Lightning to acquire a major asset in their quest for the 2018 Stanley Cup. The Lightning made a major transaction to acquire Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller from the New York Rangers at the deadline, with Sergachev staying on-board with the Bolts. With the acquisition of McDonagh, Sergachev’s role may decrease through the remainder of the season, but his trajectory remains as an elite prospect. Brayden Olafson
October 2017 – The entire Lightning lineup is clicking- Mikhail Sergachev has certainly been a significant part of the Lightning’s early success and has more than proven that he is a capable NHL defender. Playing top-5 regular minutes, plus second unit power play on a crowded blue line that includes fellow rookies Slater Koekoek and Jake Dotchin, Sergachev has been the most productive. It will be impossible for the Lightning to justify sending him to Windsor now, at the conclusion of his ELC slide deadline. The 40-games played threshold that determines whether or not the Lightning receive the Canadiens’ 2018 second-round pick remains a slight nuisance, however if Sergachev sustains his current level of play, that option will soon fade as well. While his rookie season is still young, Sergachev appears to be well on his way to playing a full successful season… and becoming a potential Calder trophy finalist. Brayden Olafson
September 2017 – As per CapFriendly, “If Sergachev doesn’t play 40 regular season or playoff games for the Lightning in the 2017/18 season, then Tampa Bay receives Canadiens 2018 2nd round pick. If he plays 40 games, no draft picks are exchanged.” Despite their opportunity to upgrade their draft selection by four rounds in the 2018 Entry Draft, the Lightning seem to be giving Sergachev every opportunity to succeed in training camp. He’s received plenty of exposure at even strength, as well as both sides of the special teams’ game. John Cooper is collecting as much information as he can about the still-junior-eligible defenseman, but the conditional pick certainly won’t make their decision any easier on whether or not he returns to the Spitfires (at least for part of the season). The PR angel on Steve Yzerman’s shoulders will make it clear that the condition had zero effect on their decision, regardless of what that ends up being. The fact is, though, that second-round-picks are becoming more valuable in the trade market – if he wants to stick, Sergachev will need to continue to prove that he is entirely capable of playing a full time NHL role and being successful in all situations – so far, he hasn’t left much room for debate. Brayden Olafson
June 2017 – The Memorial Cup-winning Sergachev was traded to Tampa on June with a second-round pick for Jonathan Drouin and a sixth-rounder. Both picks are conditional. Among prospects, Sergachev instantly tops the Lightning’s defensive depth chart, and will put immediate pressure on elder Spitfire alumnus Slater Koekkoek. Sergachev is four years his junior, however, and lacks the professional experience of Koekkoek. The Russian-born Sergachev was able to stick with the Canadiens for a four-game stint last season, and will have a good shot at seeing that same opportunity with the Lightning this fall. Brayden Olafson
June 2017 – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second-rounder (2018) from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth-rounder (2018). This is as blockbuster as they come for 168 combined NHL games, as both clubs traded away their top young assets in order to fill other organizational needs. If Sergachev plays 40 games in 2017-18 there will be no picks exchanged and the deal will be straight-up one-for-one. There is a realistic chance that happens, especially as Tampa Bay is looking to cut costs wherever they can across their roster and Sergachev’s rookie deal makes him a prime candidate to hold down a permanent spot sooner than later. Though he may not start full-time, I wouldn’t be surprised if he surpasses the 40 game mark by season’s end. Mike Barrett
May 2017 – The Canadiens star prospect helped pace the Windsor Spitfires to their third Memorial Cup victory on May 28, defeating the Erie Otters 4-3. Sergachev recorded a goal and three assists (plus-3) in four Memorial Cup games, plus three points in Windsor’s first-round seven-game elimination at the hands of the London Knights. Sergachev was a big part of their Memorial Cup results, locking things down defensively while being a constant offensive force from the backend. This, after a 10 goal and 33 assist in 50 games season (plus-22), World Junior Championship appearance and four NHL games; not bad for an 18-year-old…Similar to last year, there is a legitimate chance that Sergachev spends 2017-18 in the NHL, though the moves Montreal makes this off-season will be of major influence regarding that decision. Mike Barrett
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 Andrei 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


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Irbis Kazan MHL 25 2 6 8 18 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Russia U17 WHC-17 6 1 0 1 8 |          
  Russia U17 EYOF 3 0 8 8 0 |          
  Russia U17 (all) International-Jr 17 3 12 15 20 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 4 1 3 4 2 |          
 2015-2016 Windsor Spitfires OHL 67 17 40 57 56 | Playoffs 5 2 3 5
  Russia U18 WJC-18 5 0 0 0 8 |          
 2016-2017 Windsor Spitfires M-Cup 4 1 3 4 2 |          
  Montréal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  Windsor Spitfires OHL 50 10 33 43 71 | Playoffs 7 1 2 3 10 
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 7 1 0 1 4 |          
 2017-2018 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 9 31 40 38 | Playoffs 17 2 3 5 12 
 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 6 26 32 28 | Playoffs 4 1 1 2
  Russia WC 9 1 5 6 0 |          
  Russia EHT 3 0 1 1 0 |