It’s been a long time since the Canadiens have made the news, being out of the playoffs for a few months already and fans were in need of some positive news. Marc Bergevin started the draft with a bang, completing not one, but two trades before the second selection was made by the Winnipeg Jets.
The Columbus Blue Jackets threw a wrench in Habs’ fans hopes to see the team trade up to acquire local sensation Pierre-Luc Dubois when they caused a surprise when they selected him third overall.
We had to wait for the Canadiens’ turn to speak and with the likes of Tyson Jost and Logan Brown available, Trevor Timmins surprised more than a few by selecting Windsor Spitfire’s outstanding Russian defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Standing at 6-foot 2-inches and 220 lbs, the mobile two-way defenseman seems like a force to recon with. Time will tell how he develops but the future seems very bright for the young man.
A dominant two-way defenceman whose tenacity and competitiveness characterize his style of play. Plays with a poise and confidence that facilitates his creativity with the puck as well as split-second decision making. Naturally fluid skater who is always looking to be engaged, if not the center, of each unfolding play. All-in-all, a diligent two-way defenceman who excels at finding ways to be a difference-maker in games. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
Here is an interview Sergachev had with Bob Stauffer after fitness testing at the 2016 NHL Scouting Combine earlier this month, as well as a highlight video showing what Habs’ fans can expect to see when he’s ready to make the jump to the NHL. Enjoy. You can give him a follow on Twitter as well, @sergachev31.