Mikhail Sergachev

Mikhail Sergachev

25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Tampa Bay Lightning
IR-LT
Injury Leg
Est. Return 4/17/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Sergachev posted consistently decent offensive numbers over his first five years with the Lightning but tapped into a new level during the 2022-23 campaign. He scored between 30-40 points in each of his previous five seasons before breaking out with a career-high 64 points. That included three goals with a career-best 27 power-play points. The 25-year-old blueliner also racked up 149 blocked shots and 128 hits. Sergachev has a guaranteed top-four spot and should maintain his increased power-play role. His solid upside and ability to contribute in all categories make him a strong mid-round fantasy blueliner. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $68 million contract extension with the Lightning in July of 2022.
Transfers to LTIR
DTampa Bay Lightning
Leg
February 13, 2024
Sergachev (leg) was moved to long-term injured reserve Tuesday, per CapFriendly.
ANALYSIS
Sergachev is expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season after undergoing surgery for a fractured tibia and fibula in his left leg. The 25-year-old defenseman's move to LTIR frees up some cap space for the Lightning.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:33
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:41
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:21
 
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Sergachev is seemingly talked about in fantasy circles every single season as a potential breakout candidate, but due to Victor Hedman's presence as the unquestioned top defenseman on the Lightning, it hasn't happened yet. That said, Sergachev has developed into a reliable source of secondary defensive scoring. He's finished somewhere between 30-40 points in each of his first five full NHL seasons. Sergachev will play this entire year at age 24, and the Lightning were impressed enough with his development to hand him a new eight-year, $68 million contract extension in July. Sergachev is a worthy fantasy pick because his floor is high and his ceiling is massive if something ever happens to Hedman, but something unforeseen will have to happen for him to be a true difference maker.
Sergachev has been an incredibly steady presence on the Tampa Bay blue line since earning a regular shift as a 19-year-old in 2017-18. In four straight seasons, he's recorded at least 30 points, at least 100 shots and at least two blocks and one hit per game while maintaining a plus-minus rating above zero. If there's a downside to that consistency from a fantasy perspective, it's the lack of a high ceiling, as he's never scored more than 10 goals or 40 points, and Sergachev seems unlikely to see a big surge in his offensive numbers as long as Victor Hedman is around. The Lightning aren't going to mess with a winning formula on the blue line, so look for Sergachev to see his usual role this season, and deliver his usual numbers.
Sergachev had another strong season in 2019-20, notching 10 goals, 24 assists, 13 power-play points, 118 shots on goal, 58 PIM, 106 hits and 99 blocks while averaging 20:22 of ice time in 70 games while skating in a top-four role. He's already logged three full NHL seasons, but Sergachev will only be 22 years old when the 2020-21 campaign gets underway, so he should only continue to improve in year four. The 2016 first-round pick shouldn't have any trouble playing at an 8-plus goal, 40-plus point pace while adding decent totals in shots, power-play points, hits and blocks during the upcoming campaign, so he'll be a solid third or fourth fantasy option along the blue line and worthy of a mid-round pick during this year's drafts.
Sergachev's game is about to take a step forward. Underneath last year's drop in offensive production (from 40 points to 32) lies improvements in just about every part of his game, especially in his own zone. All he needs is more power-play time to gain greater fantasy relevance. Sergachev's five-on-five minutes will no longer be protected -- guys like Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi are long gone -- but he's ready for the responsibility. The 21-year-old's single-year value will hinge on how much ice time the second power-play unit gets. His drop in production in 2018-19 was the result of the Bolts' overuse of the first power-play unit (and non-use of the second). Dynasty owners should swoop in and try to pry this guy loose from his owner before the season begins.
Sergachev delivered a 40-point rookie campaign and was every bit the stud the Canadiens drafted him to be. Wait. He's not playing for the Habs? Right. That Jonathan Drouin trade is looking more and more weighted in Tampa's favor. Little wonder the Senators asked for this 20-year-old in any deal involving Erik Karlsson. Sergachev is already among the Bolts' top defenders and will continue to grow his immense potential with protected minutes behind Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh and Anton Stralman. The young Russian will get to run the second power-play unit and should see his point totals grow a bit. It won't be long before he delivers consistent 55-60 point seasons, so push him up your dynasty draft.
Sergachev is a blue-chip prospect whose game has grown exponentially since the Habs drafted him ninth overall in 2016. He's an excellent skater with size who already shows elite two-way skills. He's feisty, bordering on aggressive, but poised and smart. Sergachev comes to Tampa with an OHL Defenseman of the Year Award (2016) and Memorial Cup (2017) on his trophy shelf and says he's ready for the NHL. But at just 19, his development is likely better served back in Windsor of the OHL, and Sergachev is probably headed back there given the logjam of defenders in Tampa. However, he’s excelled everywhere he's gone, so don't count him out until the season starts. Of course, keeper owners already know his name and should target him in the first round of any prospect draft.
Sergachev is a Russian native intent on playing in the NHL. Before his draft-eligible season, he left the safety of the motherland to play for the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League. As a testament to the kid's smarts and decision-making ability, the move paid off as he was selected ninth overall by the Canadiens in 2016 and becomes Montreal's best defensive prospect. Sergachev scored 17 goals with 40 assists in 67 games, while playing in all situations for the Spitfires. His 31 power-play points led all OHL blueliners, and the 18-year-old became the youngest player to win the award as the league's best defenseman. Cool and confident with the puck, the Russian is a smooth-skater that makes the right pass and is patient when given space and time. Defensively, he uses his size well and there isn't much development work left for him. At 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, he has a man's body that's ready to stand the rigors of the NHL, though we doubt Montreal will rush him.
Signed three-year, entry-level deal with the Canadiens in July 2016.
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Moved to IR
DTampa Bay Lightning
Leg
February 9, 2024
Sergachev (leg) was placed on injured reserve Friday, per CapFriendly.
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Goes under knife Thursday
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Leg
February 8, 2024
Sergachev underwent surgery to repair a fractured tibia and fibula in his left leg Thursday.
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Hurt versus Rangers
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Leg
February 7, 2024
Sergachev needed to be stretchered off the ice after sustaining an apparent left leg injury Wednesday versus the Rangers, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to return Wednesday
DTampa Bay Lightning
February 7, 2024
Sergachev (lower body) will be activated off the long-term injured reserve and play Wednesday versus the Rangers, per Chris Krenn of the Lightning's official site.
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Not expected back before All-Star break
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January 16, 2024
Sergachev (lower body) isn't expected to be back until after the All-Star break, with a potential target date for his return being Feb. 7 versus the Rangers, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
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