Montreal Canadiens have decided to send 18-year-old defenseman Mikhail Sergachev back to his junior team, Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, for the remainder of the season.
Selected ninth overall by the Canadiens at last summer’s NHL Entry Draft, the highly touted blue liner featured in three NHL games for Montreal this season after impressing during the pre-season prior to injury. Sergachev did not pick up any points during his brief stint in the NHL, but did register two shots on goal against Arizona on October 20, his last game for the Canadiens.
Sergachev moved to North America last season, appearing in 57 OHL games for the Spitfires, registering 17 goals and 57 points to lead all defensemen in goals scored. He won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s ‘Most Outstanding Defenseman’ as a result of his efforts.
He added a further two goals and five points in five play-off games.
The Nizhnekamsk native also registered the most points by a defenseman (8) at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), where Russia’s under 17 team won gold. He was also a member of the national side that won gold at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge during the same year, scoring one goal in six games.
Sergachev also represented Russia at the 2016 IIHF Under 18 World Championships, but failed to pick up any points in his five games.
Montreal are currently two thirds of the way through a three-game home stand, with Vancouver set to visit the Bell Centre on Wednesday night as the Canadiens look to build on their ref hot 8-0-1 start to the new campaign.