Acquiring an additional second round pick must have been tempting for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but keeping blue liner Mikhail Sergachev on the team definitely outweighed that. When the Lightning traded Jonathan Drouin to Montreal for Sergachev, there was a conditional second round pick involved in the deal. The Bolts would get the draft pick from the Habs if the young Russian suited up in less than 40 NHL games in 2017-18. It’s still early, but it certainly looks like the second-rounder won’t be switching hands. Over the weekend, the organization told Sergachev that he could start looking for an apartment in Tampa, which would indicate that they’re serious about not sending him back to his junior team. The decision is hardly a surprise, as the 19-year-old has four goals, six assists and a plus-5 rating in 12 games this season. The Lightning coaching staff have sheltered him so far (he averages 13:20 of ice time per game), but his TOI has been increasing slowly. Over the last four games, he’s played between 14:23 and 16:56.
Keeping Sergachev around is right decision for Bolts
Pro Hockey Talk | Oct 30