Ivan Miroshnichenko was selected 20th overall by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft. On Tuesday, the 19-year-old Russian sniper finished his first season since the draft when his Omsk Hawks team fell just short of winning the Russian junior league (MHL) final.
The 2022-23 campaign wasn’t just Miroshnichenko’s first post-draft but it was also his first year back since undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The season proved quite a busy one. Miroshnichenko tallied points at three different levels of Russian hockey and played in a career-high 55 games.
It was a true success story for a young player who’s battled to get back on the ice, even if the year didn’t end how he wanted.