Detroit Red Wings: The case to swing for Matvei Michkov

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 22: #19 Matvei Michkov of Russian Federation shows his gold medal during Men's 6-Team Tournament Gold Medal Game between Russia and United States of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympics on January 22, 2021 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by RvS.Media/Basile Barbey/Getty Images)
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 22: #19 Matvei Michkov of Russian Federation shows his gold medal during Men's 6-Team Tournament Gold Medal Game between Russia and United States of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympics on January 22, 2021 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by RvS.Media/Basile Barbey/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Red Wings, Matvei Michkov
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – 2022/09/28: SKA Hockey Club player, Matvei Michkov (No.39) seen in action during the Kontinental Hockey League, regular season KHL 2022 – 2023 between SKA Saint Petersburg and Admiral Vladivostok at the Ice Sports Palace.(Final score; SKA Saint Petersburg 6:1 Admiral Vladivostok). (Photo by Maksim Konstantinov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) /

What might it cost the Detroit Red Wings?

The cost will not be cheap if the Detroit Red Wings would like to move up the draft board to select him. First, it will almost certainly require some luck that Michkov is still available at picks 5 or 6. It would be highly unlikely that Washington would pass him up if they were able to use their no. 8 pick on him, so Yzerman would need to jump them in order to get first dibs at his rights.

In doing so, they would likely be asked to give up at least two first-round picks, two second-round picks, either in this year’s draft or next, and a highly touted prospect. Let’s say, Carter Mazur, for argument’s sake.

That is a hefty toll and would make most of the fanbase uncomfortable. Keep in mind, though; he is a generational player that would be the largest stone that the franchise would build upon for years to come.

Players like Michkov do not come along often. Imagine what a team would pay for a young Alex Ovechkin knowing what the hockey world knows now. In 10 years, it could be argued that the price for Michkov may even be a steal if that is what is asked.

If Detroit were to make zero moves during the draft and make their five selections in the first two rounds of the draft, They would likely be drafting players that would not be NHL-ready for at least another two years.

The thought of waiting one additional year for Michkov then becomes less painful. Because you can guarantee he will not spend any time in Grand Rapids when he finally makes his way over the pond.

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The chances of Detroit landing Michkov are probably less likely than they were at winning the draft lottery. Still, if they manage to pull it off, the fans will quickly forget about the loss of assets it would take after they see him step foot into Little Caesars Arena.