Mikhailov was born in the city of Moscow to two high school students. His father dropped out of high school and became a mechanic. It wasn’t until Andrei was 7 where he learned about hockey. At this point in time nothing important was happening and Andrei was living with his mother and grandparents. 7 years later pass. Andrei was celebrating his birthday during winter and he usually played basketball, but decided it was to cold for that. His grandfather had a pair of skates for Andrei, as a present. Andrei didn’t know what to think of the gift, but he appreciated it. Few minutes passed and his grandfather brought out two hockey sticks and announced that "Andrei and I will be going to the rink." (In Russian). So to the rink they went, and of course Andrei had fallen a few times and didn’t understand the rules, but he did get a big hit (progress!). Andrei began his passionate love for ice hockey, and he practiced at a lake with his grandfather. Slowly getting better and better.
He thought in his mind at the time he would play basketball and hockey. This decision didn’t last long. When he was 11 nearing the end of his Early Life, he sprained his ankle playing basketball, and he wouldn’t be able to play either sport for 12 weeks, and stopped his basketball career. He didn’t usually shine, and it’s hard for most people to recover from an injury, but Andrei was determined to make it big in the hockey industry so he signed up for a youth league. In his under 13 league he had a pretty good run with 30 pts in 40 games with 19 goals and 11 assists. He had two more good runs as a captain and an alternate.
After some solid years in the youth hockey league where he was seen to be to small for hockey in the professionals at 6'0 and 129 lbs (due to his weight). This wasn’t a problem for him though, as when he got older he suddenly had a huge unexpected growth spurt in which he became 6'4 (at 15). Nobody in his family could even graze 6'3 as an adult. He started putting on some weight to support his new height and setup a new daily routine. When he was 16 he dropped out of high school to compete in some more hockey leagues. He ended up joining the KHL (formerly RSL) and signed to the Moscow Dynamo. In Moscow he became an Alternate Captain, and had 73 points on 56 games, yet he showed low signs of playmaking having 40 goals and 23 assists. By the end of the season he had finally reunited with his father, and they where on speaking terms. Andrei has said "I’m happy for what the future presents for me, and I’m hoping for,the best."
He is finishing up his final season with Moscow, and the playoffs are coming to a end. He has currently declared himself eligible for the VHLM draft. He has grown to be 6'8 and 230 lbs. He has already been speaking to two GM's for VHLM team (one expansion one non-expansion).
Scoring: "Kid is a natural when he shoots. It’s almost like he’s telling He puck to go in. Whether it’s a slap or a wrister; it clearly doesn’t matter. He claims to work on his scoring every week. No matter what is going on in the day even in an accident; he still finds time." Another reporter said, "It’s gonna be struggle for deffensemen and goalies to block his shots. I could see him having at least 30 goals." Some fans in Russia will say "He’s a great shooter, he keeps his eye on the puck and the goalie, and I think he makes hard plays look easy, and not everyone can do that."
Skating: "Kid is skates gracefully for someone his size. There isn’t much you can say ." Mikhailov said "As Americans say 'The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree' ,as my dad was a professional Olympic skater, I was trained regularly by him and it's become a natural thing." Some commentators say "He isn’t a phenomenal skater, but don’t sleep on him, and he definitely skates better then his shorter forwards/ defensemen, and it’s rare for a bigger man to have such control."
Checking: A scout said "I’m not saying his defense is good. I’m not saying his ch ecking is g reat, but he is definitely on par with most of his young talent out there. He trys his best to keep the puck off of the oppisition's stick ,and unlike most he succeeds." The Same scout has something to say about his body checking "He isn’t an aggressive player, but if he’s going for a hit it’s gonna be a big one, you just have to hope he doesn’t make mistake and get a penalty called on him."
Discipline: "He is a very person to heat up, unless you’re a fan he’ll turn into a monster. Which will definitely get him penalty minutes." A coach said about him "He’s a steaming pot, and he’s faced adversity with the wrong answers, and he’s trying his best which isn’t working
Passing: "He isn’t a playmaker. I see potential in his playmaking, but I’m gonna have to say it He is almost 'selfish'. He doesn’t like being told what to do with the puck, if you tell him to pass he won’t listen. When he does it is okay, his passing is also nearly horrid." He has also been said to 'Not practice passing' which isn’t a good sign."
Defense: "He tends to slack on defense. He seems not caring to much about covering the puck. He’s either talking to a fan, or chattering with a ref. As we said earlier he can poke check but he is a slacker on defense. Teams might pass on him due to this." His coach said "You have to yell at him and he’s not enthuastic about playing defense."