BRANDON – Mikhail Sergachev quickly returned to North America, fresh off a European vacation just after winning a Memorial Cup championship.
It was while on vacation the former ninth overall pick from the 2016 draft found out he had been dealt from the Montreal Canadiens to the Tampa Bay Lightning. A move that not only altered his career path, but his vacation plans as well.
The 19-year-old defenseman arrived in Tampa late Tuesday and jumped right in to action Wednesday at the Lightning’s annual summer prospect camp. Even with a new pair of skates and new equipment that hadn’t been broken in, it was not hard to see why Sergachev is so highly regarded.
Right from the start, he stood out.
”I was with him in the elevator this morning. he's big, he's thick,’’ said Syracuse Crunch head coach Ben Groulx. “You can tell he's going to be an outstanding player. No doubt about it. He's mobile, pass the puck hard, shoots the puck, I was very impressed with him.’’
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