Flyers Sign 2023 No. 7 Pick to Entry-Level Contract

The Flyers have just signed Matvei Michkov to a three-year contract.

After being released early from his deal with Russia’s SKA St. Petersburg, the seventh overall pick is now free to chase his NHL dreams. Rumors had swirled about difficulties in breaking his KHL contract, but SKA chairman Alexander Medvedev cited Michkov’s NHL aspirations and personal loss as reasons for the buyout. With this new contract and an invite to Philadelphia’s development camp, Michkov is ready to move forward.

Michkov has been a standout player for HK Sochi over the past two seasons, despite Sochi being one of the weaker teams in the KHL. He scored nine goals and 20 points in 27 games last year, followed by 19 goals and 41 points in 47 games this year. His scoring rates of 0.74 and 0.85 points per game are impressive , especially considering he won’t turn 20 until December.

Michkov’s Potential Impact:

Fans might think that Michkov could be a game-changer for the Flyers. Known for his dynamic playstyle and quick wrist shots similar to Connor Bedard’s, he has shown he can handle tough defenders with ease. Although his shot lacks Bedard’s power, it’s still highly effective.

Once seen as a contender for the first overall draft spot against Bedard, Michkov’s move to Sochi helped Philadelphia snag him at seventh overall instead. Now he gets a chance to prove doubters wrong as he prepares for what could be an outstanding year with the Flyers.

His talent will be tested during Philadelphia’s development and training camps where he’ll compete for top-line minutes against players like Owen Tippett, Travis Konecny, and Joel Farabee. Michkov can play either wing naturally but will need to earn his ice time.

If he’s as good as many believe – which seems likely – he’ll quickly find his place on the team and join Calder Trophy discussions alongside Macklin Celebrini, Will Smith, Logan Stankoven, and Cutter Gauthier.

What do you think? Will Michkov live up to all this hype?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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