Today, the Tampa Bay Lightning improved their blue line by acquiring one of the best prospect defenders in all of hockey. The Lightning acquired Mikhail Sergachev, who was selected back in 2016 as the 9th overall pick for Jonathan Drouin, which was announced by the Montreal Canadiens.
The Bolts moved Drouin due to the expansion draft and the ability to not afford to re-sign him like the Canadiens did after acquiring him. The Lightning have tons of young talent to fill the wings with the likes of Adam Erne and others, plus they need to retain the notable services of Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat.
Furthermore, Sergachev is 18 and has a chance on leaving a great impression on Jon Cooper on the upcoming pre-season. He might crack the team like Brayden Point did last year.
The young defender had a brilliant 2016 campaign in the OHL. He scored 10 goals and tallied up 33 assists for 43 points in 50 games for the Windsor Spitfires.
Adding Sergachev helps the Lightning in the pipeline, as they lack top quality defenders in the minors. They have tons of talented forwards in the organization, which is why they decided to dealt Drouin for a guy that might be Hedman’s blue line partner in two to three years.
Finally, the Lightning see Sergachev as a cornerstone defenseman that skates exceptionally well.
Note: The Lightning acquire the Habs 2018 2nd round pick and the Canadiens get the Bolts 2018 6th round pick. Picks will not be included if Sergachev plays 40 games in a Bolts uniform, according to the Habs.