Mikhail Sergachev just completed his second season in North America, but he’s already accomplished so much in his short time here.
After his first year with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, Sergachev was drafted ninth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
In year two, he came away with the Memorial Cup title, as his team defeated the Erie Otters in the final last night.
With year three on the horizon, the 19-year-old is hoping to take another huge step in his career.
In an on-ice interview with RDS, Sergachev admitted that he’s hoping to make the leap to the NHL with the Canadiens next season.
“I hope so,” Sergachev said, when asked if Sunday’s game was hist last in junior. “I want to move on and play in the NHL next year and try to win another cup.
“I think (I’m ready for the NHL), I just have to have a good summer and good camp as I did last year.”
The Russian defenseman broke camp with Montreal at the start of the 2016-17 season. He played four games with the club before being returned to Windsor at the of the October.
During that four-game stint, it was clear that Sergachev was talented, but also obvious that he was still very raw and needed to work on his game at the junior level.
The Canadiens have Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, Alexei Emelin, Brandon Davidson and Jordie Benn under contract next season, while Nathan Beaulieu and Nikita Nesterov are both RFAs. Andrei Markov is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
There’s a good chance Markov will be back, but it’s unlikely Beaulieu and Nesterov will return. Montreal could also lose Emelin, Davidson or Benn in the expansion draft.