Breaking into the top 10 of our draft prospect previews is Mikhail Sergachev, left-shooting defenseman for the Windsor Spirtfires in the OHL.
Sergachev is a very fluid and smooth skater, and also has good first-step acceleration and top-end speed. He prefers to skate the puck out of his own end rather than pass it. He also prefers to carry or pass the puck into the offensive zone rather than dump and chase. He plays with such calmness, patience, and poise that it almost looks like he doesn’t care. That look is very deceiving, however, as Sergachev is diligent, tenacious, and competitive. On both offense and defense, Sergachev can be punishing and aggressive. Whether it’s a wrister or a slapper, he gets a lot of power behind his shot. He’s a threat to both score and make plays, having scored 17 goals and 40 assists for the Windsor Spitfires this season. He has average height for the NHL at 6’2″, but he has well above average weight at 220 lbs. – remarkable for a 17-year-old. If he continues to add mass to his frame, he’ll more of a physical force to be reckoned with than he already is.
Mikhail Sergachev has possibly the best chance from this year’s class of being a top-pair defenseman in
the NHL. His combination of size, speed, physicality, creativity, scoring, and poise is invaluable. I’ve been looking for information about downsides to this kid, and I’m just not seeing them. If Sergachev were to fall out of the top 10 and be available at #14, the Bruins would be incredibly fortunate.