Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his rankings of the Top 30 draft-eligible prospects of 2016. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held at First Niagara Center here in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.
#6. Mikhail Sergachev – LHD, Windsor (OHL)
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Physically mature with a powerful skating game, Sergachev blossomed this past season in Windsor, earning tough even strength minutes and additional work on the power play to post 17 goals and 57 total points in 67 games.
The sparkling rookie’s effort was rewarded with the Max Kaminsky Trophy, awarded annually to the Ontario Hockey League’s best defenseman.
The consistent two-way stalwart didn’t speak a lick of the English language when he arrived in Windsor, but it didn’t stop him from being an immediate contributor. Sergachev took command from day one, smoothly and nimbly gliding up ice carrying the puck with his head up, but he was perhaps even more noticeable with his all-around intensity and aggressive hitting game. His timing when making contact is impeccable, often allowing him to fully leverage his strength on impact to solidly cancel out his checks.
As a whole, Sergachev is a polished defender with a well-developed three-zone acumen. He’s the type of player that will take the puck deep into the offensive zone, and then quickly retreat on the backcheck and break up a play in front of his net.
He’s a versatile defenseman as well, with the left-hander proving comfortable manning either side despite playing mostly on the right this past season with the Spitfires.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).