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Flyers Update on Michkov: ‘Frustrated, Very Driven, Very Focused’



Daniel Briere, Matvei Michkov, Keith Jones after the pick.
Daniel Briere, Matvei Michkov, Keith Jones on draft night.

The Philadelphia Flyers remain in constant contact with first-round draft pick, Matvei Michkov, who is playing in Russia.

“I know, Riley [Armstrong, director of player development], there’s some app that he can translate,” Philadelphia Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr told the media Monday at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees. “They’ve been in contact.

“[Fellow Russian, defenseman Egor] Zamula’s been in contact, talks to him regularly. Obviously we’re in touch with his agent.”

Michkov plays for HC Sochi, on loan from SKA St. Petersburg. He was a healthy scratch in three of SKA’s first four games and he only saw 6:12 of ice-time in the game he played.

Michkov skates a regular shift with Sochi. He took 10 shots in a recent game.

“Matvei was extremely frustrated not playing,” Flahr said. “He had a goal to be in the top scoring league and you’re sitting there and they have 40-some players on their roster. Obviously he was frustrated.

“As a young guy, in Russia you’re gonna have to bite your tongue and just put in the work and hopefully get to play. I think for him to move back to Sochi, he just wants to play and personally that’s all I care about.

“He’s a young kid he needs to play games. He’s very driven, very focused and at least he’s playing. He’s going to play lots of minutes and get opportunities.”

Michkov was a first-round pick in June, the seventh overall pick. He has a three-year contract to play with SKA St. Petersburg.

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