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Mikhail Sergachev
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Sergachev with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2018
Born 25 June 1998 (1998-06-25) (age 23)
Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal Canadiens
National team Flag of Russia.svg Russia
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2016
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2016–present

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sergachev (Russian: Михаил Александрович Сергачёв; born 25 June 1998) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected ninth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Sergachev won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Lightning in 2020 and 2021.

Player career

Juniors

Sergachev began his junior career in Russia, where he played for Irbis Kazan of the MHL. Sergachev was drafted sixth overall in the CHL Import Draft, selected by the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He committed to the Spitfires on 8 July 2015, stating that playing in the OHL offered him the best of chance of achieving his dream of playing in the NHL.

Mikhail Sergachev - Windsor Spitfires
With the Spitfires in 2016

In his rookie OHL season, Sergachev emerged as a top defenceman, finishing third in scoring amongst defenceman and winning the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL's most outstanding defenceman.

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Sergachev was highly regarded by scouts and was considered one of the top defencemen available in the draft. Ultimately, he was selected by the Montreal Canadiens ninth overall, the second defenceman drafted behind Olli Juolevi of the Vancouver Canucks. On 1 July 2016, the Canadiens announced they had signed Sergachev to a three-year, entry-level contract.

On 28 May 2017, Sergachev helped the Windsor Spitfires to capture their third Memorial Cup championship in franchise history. Sergachev was also named as an All-Star of the Memorial Cup tournament.

Professional

Montreal Canadiens

After attending his first Canadiens' training camp, Sergachev impressively made the opening night roster for the 2016–17 season. He made his NHL debut with Montreal in a 4–1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on 13 October 2016. He appeared in four games with the Canadiens before he was returned to continue his development with junior club, the Windsor Spitfires, on 31 October 2016.

Tampa Bay Lightning

On 15 June 2017, the Canadiens traded Sergachev (along with a conditional second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft) to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth-round draft pick in the same draft.

On 6 October 2017, Sergachev made his Lightning debut, where he also recorded his first career NHL assist and point in a 5–3 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers. On 19 October, Sergachev scored his first and second career NHL goals against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, which came in a 2–0 Lightning victory. The two goals also made Sergachev the youngest Lightning defenceman (and second-youngest Russian-born defenceman) to record a multi-goal game. On 16 December, Sergachev recorded the game-winning goal in Lightning's 6–5 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. This was Sergachev's fifth game-winning goal of the season, which made him only the fourth rookie defenceman in NHL history to score five game-winning goals in their rookie season. On 12 April 2018, Sergachev made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in a 5–2 Lightning win over the visiting New Jersey Devils. Sergachev also recorded his first career playoff assist (and point) in the Lightning victory. On 21 April 2018, Sergachev recorded his first career playoff goal in a 3–1 series clinching win over the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena. With the goal he also became the youngest player in Lightning history to record a playoff goal.

On 13 January 2018, the NHL Department of Player Safety fined Sergachev $2,403.67 for cross-checking Johan Larsson during the game against the Buffalo Sabres the night before at KeyBank Center. On 26 August 2020, Sergachev recorded a goal and 2 assists to help the Lightning to a 7–1 Lightning victory over the Boston Bruins in game 3 of their second round series. Sergachev joined Eric Brewer and Victor Hedman as the only Lightning defensemen to record three points in a single playoff game.

On 25 November 2020, Sergachev signed a three-year, $14.4 million contract with the Lightning.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 Irbis Kazan MHL 25 2 6 8 18 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Windsor Spitfires OHL 67 17 40 57 56 5 2 3 5 8
2016–17 Windsor Spitfires OHL 50 10 33 43 71 7 1 2 3 10
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 9 31 40 38 17 2 3 5 12
2018–19 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 6 26 32 28 4 1 1 2 0
2019–20 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 70 10 24 34 58 25 3 7 10 26
2020–21 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 56 4 26 30 30 23 0 3 3 18
NHL totals 284 29 107 136 154 69 6 14 20 56
Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Russia.svg Russia
World Championships
Bronze 2019 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2017 Canada

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Russia U17 1 6 1 0 1 8
2015 Russia WJC18 5th 5 0 0 0 0
2016 Russia WJC18 6th 5 0 0 0 8
2017 Russia WJC 3 7 1 0 1 4
2019 Russia WC 3 10 1 6 7 0
Junior totals 23 2 0 2 20
Senior totals 10 1 6 7 0

Awards and honours

Award Year
OHL
CHL Top Prospects Game 2016
First All-Rookie Team 2016
First All-Star Team 2016
Max Kaminsky Trophy 2016
Memorial Cup (Windsor Spitfires) 2017
Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2017
NHL
Stanley Cup champion 2020, 2021
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