At just 24, Mikhail Sergachev already has the experience of a veteran defender

Every Montreal Canadiens fan remembers Mikhail Sergachev’s move to Jonathan Drouin.

This transaction has already been extensively analyzed and criticized several times, so that it does not have to be discussed again.

Sergachev has played for the Tampa Bay Lightning for five seasons.

The Russia defender, who just turned 24 yesterday, has made the playoffs in each of his five seasons with the Lightning.

There are few defensemen in National Hockey League history who have gained so much experience in the top hockey league in the world at such a young age.

To really put into perspective how “old and young” Sergachev is, the Russia defender has played just six fewer games than 37-year-old Shea Weber in the playoffs.

In 16 NHL seasons, Weber played in 97 playoff games.

Well, Sergachev has already played 91 in just five seasons.

Pretty crazy, isn’t it?

Jon Cooper himself said that the experience that Sergachev gained at such a young age was impressive.

“We have big cats on our blue line. Sergachev is 23 years old [il a eu 24 ans le 25 juin] and he’s won the Stanley Cup twice. He’s got a lot of playoff experience for a young man. He is clearly ahead of his time. He also finds himself in a good environment on the left with defenders like Hedman and McDonagh. And on the other hand we also have good defenders in Cernak, Bogosian and Rutta. I like our defenders, but so do the Avalanche. This is probably why the two teams will meet in the final. – Jon Cooper

This experience made the number 98 of Blitz develop much faster.

While he hasn’t lost that much weight in recent seasons, he remains a very important defender with the Lightning despite tough times.

Sergachev has been good in both of the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victories, but in Tampa’s current playoff run, Sergachev really did the best.

In 22 games, he has two goals and eight assists for a total of 10 points.

In short, at just 24, the Russian defender could already add a third Stanley Cup to his resume.

We remind you that Game number 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals will take place in Tampa tonight when the Avalanche, which leads 3 to 2 in the series, will have a second chance to end the debate.


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