Mikhail Sergachev

Mikhail Sergachyov (Russian: Михаи́л Сергачёв; born 25 June 1998) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected ninth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Sergachev was the third player in NHL history to wear sweater #98 in a regular season game, behind both Brian Lawton and Jesse Puljujärvi.

Mikhail Sergachev
Mikhail Sergachev 2018-05-21.jpg
Sergachev with the Lightning in 2018
Born (1998-06-25) 25 June 1998 (age 21)
Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal Canadiens
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2016
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2016–present

Player careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

Sergachev began his junior career in Russia, where he played for Irbis Kazan of the MHL. Sergachev was drafted sixth overall in the CHL Import Draft, selected by the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He committed to the Spitfires on 8 July 2015, stating that playing in the OHL offered him the best of chance of achieving his dream of playing in the NHL.[1]

 
With the Spitfires in 2016

In his rookie OHL season, Sergachev emerged as a top defenceman, finishing third in scoring amongst defenceman and winning the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL's most outstanding defenceman.[2]

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Sergachev was highly regarded by scouts and was considered one of the top defencemen available in the draft.[3] Ultimately, he was selected by the Montreal Canadiens ninth overall, the second defenceman drafted behind Olli Juolevi of the Vancouver Canucks. On 1 July 2016, the Canadiens announced they had signed Sergachev to a three-year, entry-level contract.[4]

On 28 May 2017, Sergachev helped the Windsor Spitfires to capture their third Memorial Cup championship in franchise history.[5] Sergachev was also named as an All-Star of the Memorial Cup tournament.[6]

ProfessionalEdit

Montreal CanadiensEdit

After attending his first Canadiens' training camp, Sergachev impressively made the opening night roster for the 2016–17 season. He made his NHL debut with Montreal in a 4–1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on 13 October 2016.[7][8] He appeared in four games with the Canadiens before he was returned to continue his development with junior club, the Windsor Spitfires, on 31 October 2016.[9]

Tampa Bay LightningEdit

On 15 June 2017, the Canadiens traded Sergachev (along with a conditional second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft) to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth-round draft pick in the same draft.[10]

On 6 October 2017, Sergachev made his Lightning debut, where he also recorded his first career NHL assist and point in a 5–3 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers.[11] On 19 October, Sergachev scored his first and second career NHL goals against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, which came in a 2–0 Lightning victory.[12] The two goals also made Sergachev the youngest Lightning defenceman (and second-youngest Russian-born defenceman) to record a multi-goal game.[13] On 16 December, Sergachev recorded the game-winning goal in Lightning's 6–5 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.[14] This was Sergachev's fifth game-winning goal of the season, which made him only the fourth rookie defenceman in NHL history to score five game-winning goals in their rookie season.[15][16] On 12 April 2018, Sergachev made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in a 5–2 Lightning win over the visiting New Jersey Devils.[17] Sergachev also recorded his first career playoff assist (and point) in the Lightning victory.[18] On 21 April 2018, Sergachev recorded his first career playoff goal in a 3–1 series clinching win over the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena. With the goal he also became the youngest player in Lightning history to record a playoff goal.[19]

On 13 January 2018, the NHL Department of Player Safety fined Sergachev $2,403.67 for cross-checking Johan Larsson during the game against the Buffalo Sabres the night before at KeyBank Center.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 Irbis Kazan MHL 25 2 6 8 18 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Windsor Spitfires OHL 67 17 40 57 56 5 2 3 5 8
2016–17 Windsor Spitfires OHL 50 10 33 43 71 7 1 2 3 10
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 9 31 40 38 17 2 3 5 12
2018–19 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 6 26 32 28 4 1 1 2 0
NHL totals 158 15 57 72 66 21 3 4 7 12
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   Russia
World Championships
  2019 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
  2017 Canada

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Russia U17   6 1 0 1 8
2015 Russia WJC18 5th 5 0 0 0 0
2016 Russia WJC18 6th 5 0 0 0 8
2017 Russia WJC   7 1 0 1 4
2019 Russia WC   10 1 6 7 0
Junior totals 23 2 0 2 20
Senior totals 10 1 6 7 0

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
OHL
CHL Top Prospects Game 2016
First All-Rookie Team 2016
First All-Star Team 2016
Max Kaminsky Trophy 2016 [21]
Memorial Cup (Windsor Spitfires) 2017 [22]
Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2017 [23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bob Duff: Russian rookie Mikhail Sergachev starts new life in Windsor". Windsor Star. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Sergachev Presented Max Kaminsky Trophy by Tom Kaminsky & Ryan Ellis". windsorspitfires.com. Windsor Spitfires. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Dubois jumps to top of draft rankings". NHL.com. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Canadiens agree to terms on entry-level contract with Mikhail Sergachev". Montreal Canadiens. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Windsor Spitfires are 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Champions". mastercardmemorialcup.ca. Canadian Hockey League. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  6. ^ "2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Awards & All-Stars". mastercardmemorialcup.ca. Canadian Hockey League. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Canadiens' Mikhail Sergachev: Some nerves in debut". CBS Sports. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  8. ^ Cowan, Stu (19 October 2016). "Stu Cowan: Canadiens' Mikhail Sergachev only learned to skate at age 9". The Gazette. Montreal. Retrieved 16 December 2017. Sergachev had 11:48 of ice time during his NHL debut in the season opener last Thursday in Buffalo
  9. ^ Engles, Eric (31 October 2016). "Mikhail Sergachev's demotion a win for Spitfires and Canadiens". Sportsnet.ca. Brossard, Que.: Sportsnet. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Lightning acquire Mikhail Sergachev from Montreal Canadiens". Tampa Bay Lightning. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  11. ^ Long, Corey (7 October 2017). "Stamkos gets assist in Lightning win against Panthers". National Hockey League. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  12. ^ Merz, Craig (19 October 2017). "Kucherov's goal-scoring streak ends but Lightning win". National Hockey League. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  13. ^ @StatsCentre (19 October 2017). "Sergachev becomes youngest Lightning defenceman to record multi-goal game" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Sadowski, Rick (17 December 2017). "Lightning hold off Avalanche for seventh straight victory". National Hockey League. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  15. ^ @PR_NHL (17 December 2017). "Sergachev 5th rookie defenseman to record 5 game winning goals in a season" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Smith, Joe (17 December 2017). "Lightning has goalie Peter Budaj's back after near-collapse". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  17. ^ Mooney, Roger (12 April 2018). "Tony Cirelli makes his playoff presence felt immediately for Lightning". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  18. ^ @BBurnsNHL (12 April 2018). "Sergachev picks up his 1st career point with the 2nd assist" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Long, Corey (21 April 2018). "Lightning defeat Devils, advance to second round". National Hockey League. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  20. ^ @NHLPlayerSafety (13 January 2019). "Sergachev fined $2,403.67 for his cross check to Johan Larsson last night, the maximum allowable fine under the CBA" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "Mikhail Sergachev named defenceman of the year". Ontario Hockey League. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  22. ^ "Spitfires hang on to win thrilling Memorial Cup final". CBC Sports: NHL. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  23. ^ "2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Awards & All-Stars". Memorial Cup. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Noah Juulsen
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
2016
Succeeded by
Ryan Poehling