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Could a major surprise be in store for the second overall pick of the Ducks? It would completely change things for the Canadiens

Published June 21, 2023 at 4:35 PM
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In the ever-interesting podcast "32 Thoughts" by renowned Sportsnet analysts Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek, they discussed the upcoming 2023 NHL Draft. One particular statement caught our attention, as Marek suggested a possibility that would be a real game-changer.

What if Anaheim drafted Matvei Michkov with the second overall pick?



Michkov is widely regarded as the second best prospect of the draft, and maybe even of this decade.

"Monitor the Ducks in Matvei Michkov's folder too, they who have the second overall pick next week. I'm not saying it will happen for sure, but it is possible.


I've talked to people in the know, and they reminded me that Pat Verbeek (the Ducks' GM) comes from Steve Yzerman's school.."

- Jeff Marek

Steven Yzerman is renowned for his independent and unconcerned attitude towards what other people think. He has never been afraid to draft Russians with red flags, such as Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy, and it has always worked out in his favor.

Now, imagine the reaction online if the Ducks decide to take a chance on Michkov!

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Could a major surprise be in store for the second overall pick of the Ducks? It would completely change things for the Canadiens

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