After speculations earlier this summer, it is now official that Matvei Michkov will join the Flyers for the 2024-25 season.

Michkov was the best Russian prospect in the 2024 NHL Draft and easily could have been a top-five draft pick.

However, because he was under contract to remain in the Russian KHL for three more seasons, Michkov fell to seventh overall when the Flyers took him.

Today, Michkov’s KHL team, SKA St Petersburg, released the following statement on his behavior.

“Matvei Michkov: – After much thought, I decided to try my hand at the NHL. I would like to say a huge thank you to the SKA management for being cooperative in this matter. I immediately outlined my position that I wanted to play in the KHL only for SKA – no exchanges or loans. I will make my way to the NHL, but if I return to the KHL, I will only play in St. Petersburg. The decision was not easy, but I feel it was the right one: I am full of strength and desire to prove that I am worthy of playing there. In addition, this was my father’s long-time dream: he really wanted to see my debut in the NHL, and for, it is extremely important to take this step, also for his sake. I’m sure he would support me in this. Thanks to Roman Borisovich Rotenberg for believing in me, inviting me to SKA, and giving me every opportunity to develop and improve my game. Thanks to all the coaches, players, and staff with whom I worked, played, and won here. And, of course, thanks to our fans. I’m sure we’ll meet again. See you, St. Petersburg”!

In the quote, Michkov mentioned that his father dreamed of his son playing in the NHL. He died unexpectedly at the age of 51, a few months before the draft in April of 2023.

Flyers General Manager Danny Briere released the following statement today.

“The Philadelphia Flyers were informed earlier today of Matvei Michkov’s release from his KHL contract with SKA Hockey Club. We are certainly excited to learn of his news and look forward to reconnecting with Matvei’s representatives in the coming days. Additionally, we are appreciative of SKA Saint Petersburg for allowing Matvei Michkov to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL.”

There is no timeline as to when Michkov will officially come to the United States, but it is anticipated to be worked out this summer so that he is here and ready for training camp. This would mark the second Flyers player to have their KHL contract terminated in the last three months after goaltender Ivan Fedotov made his NHL debut on April 1st.

Michkov’s arrival will shake up the Flyers’ draft day plan, which will take place this Friday and Saturday (the 28th and 29th). Currently, the Flyers possess the 12th, 32nd, 36th, 51st, 77th, 148th, 150th, 173th, 177th, and 205th overall selections.

With most of their impending unresisted free agents already under contract, the team will have a lot of leverage this offseason to make several impactful transactions.


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