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Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev ranked among hockey’s best players 21 and under

Mikhail Sergachev, 20, ranks 29th in The Hockey News' Prospects Unlimited Top 100 rankings.
Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev warms up before a game against the Florida Panthers earlier this season at Amalie Arena. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev warms up before a game against the Florida Panthers earlier this season at Amalie Arena. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published Nov. 13, 2018
Updated Nov. 13, 2018

Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev is among the best young players in hockey, according to a publication that would know.

Sergachev, 20, ranks 29th in The Hockey News' Prospects Unlimited Top 100 rankings. The rankings are based on "top-end potential for all players born in 1997 or later," the magazine explains.

Sergachev slipped two spots from last year, when he was 27th.

Sergachev has produced nine goals, 37 assists and 46 points in 100 career games. He has a plus-minus rating of plus-14.

Unlike most players on the list, Sergachev isn't home-grown. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens ninth overall in the 2016 draft, he was dealt to the Lightning in June 2017 for Jonathan Drouin.

"Notice how few players on this list have been traded?" the magazine writes. "Dealing this big, all-around stud of a puck-mover was huge mistake by Habs."

Two-time Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers ranks first. The Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews, Jets' Patrik Laine, Sabres' Rasmus Dahlin and Islanders' Mathew Barzal round out the top 5.

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