September 6, 2021

Michkov nets first two KHL goals, chases league history

Not bad, Matvei Michkov.

Michkov, a top prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft, is off to quite the start to his season with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL, sniping his first two career goals on Monday in a 9-2 win against Vladivostok on Monday — becoming one of the league’s youngest ever goal-scorers, ever.

Michkov sniped his first goal in the third period, through the legs of teammate Andrei Kuzmenko and by sprawling goaltender Nikita Serebrjakov.

Michkov wasn’t done.

He added his second goal some seven minutes later, showcasing an absolutely lethal shot short-side.

Michkov also had an assist for a three-point game in 16:47 of ice time over 23 shifts.

The three point effort gives the 16-year-old three points in three games this season.

Michkov now trails Vladimir Tarasenko by seven points for the KHL’s U18 scoring record. Tarasenko had 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in 38 games as a 17-year-old in 2008-09.

Safe to say Michkov, who will compete with Connor Bedard of the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, as the 2023 draft’s top prospect, will probably get there.


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