Stunning Rumor Surrounding Matvei Michkov's Future With Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers were able to nab Russian talent Matvei Michkov with the 7th pick in the NHL Draft last year largely because of his commitment to play in the KHL for three seasons. Which makes today's stunning rumor out of Russia a very exciting one for the Flyers.

The Flyers are currently working on confirming details of a report from Sport Express that Michkov “will continue his career next season in Philadelphia.”

The word is that his contract with SKA St. Petersburg will be terminated until 2026, but they will retain his KHL rights after that.

On loan to Sochi last season from SKA, Michkov played 49 games, and recorded 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points. 

Interestingly, Michkov was recently seen during offseason workouts wearing a Flyers jersey.

Just this past week, Flyers GM Danny Briere admitted that they haven't even had contact with the promising 19-year-old since he was drafted. "Listen, we loved his energy when he came to see us after we drafted him. We talked to him a little when he was drafted in Nashville, but since then there has been no contact. We can't really talk to him. He belongs to St Petersburg in the KHL. We watch him play a bit like everyone else. We watch the highlights, we watch these games. It's really exciting to know that we have a prospect like that on our team, but we don't know if we are ever going to see him."

That just might be all about to change. 

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