Place of BirthPerm, RUS
Michkov has become a fairly polarizing prospect for the 2023 draft. His skill is undeniable. His hands work effortlessly as he moves his feet, and his ability to make the small but preferable play has improved while maintaining the wow-factor elsewhere. His shot is arguably best in class as he can really rip it both in stride and at a standstill. He beats KHL goalies cleanly already, which bodes well for the transition to the NHL. However, there are some glaring holes in Michkov’s game that must be addressed. He offers very little defensively and, in most scenarios, seems a bit lost in his own end. His forechecking and puck-pressure have improved but he’s still a ways away from being a reliable defender. Possibly my biggest qualm with his game though is his penchant for sending ill-fated and often random passes. I’ve witnessed it while he’s under pressure and when he has space, he tends to just launch some passes that, sometimes, don’t even seem to have a target. This often leads to turnovers and is just altogether a big issue. All things considered, Michkov is still a top-five talent in this draft. His offensive ability is very advanced and he’ll be quick to make an impact on the scoresheet and the power play. But the holes in his defensive game and passing are what’s keeping him back from being a no-brainer in the top-three.
Matvei Michkov's Reports
|Feb 27/23||Matvei Michkov||24577 – Sochi vs. SKA St. Petersburg||KHL||by Jake Janso||View Summary|
|Feb 4/23||Matvei Michkov||24504 – HK Sochi vs. Vityaz Moscow Region||KHL||by Jake Janso||View Summary|
|Sep 5/22||Matvei Michkov||24105 – SKA 1946 vs. Krasnaya Armiya||MHL||by Jake Janso||View Summary|
|Dec 25/21||Matvei Michkov||23044 – Russia vs. Canada||WJC-20||by Olivia McArter||View Summary|