Michalanney was eligible to join the Crows as a priority selection in last year's National Draft under the competition's state-league father-son rules, with Max's father Jim playing over 200 games for SANFL side Norwood.
Taken with the 17th overall selection after a first-round bid from Sydney, Michalanney joined the Crows following a sensational draft campaign with the Redlegs and South Australia in the National Championships.
The 19-year-old managed a handful of appearances for Norwood's senior side last year, including a pair of games in the club's finals campaign prior to their grand final win.
A tall intercept and rebounding defender, Michalaney won an All-Australian selection for the National Championships side after averaging 13 disposals and five tackles.
Adelaide are set to finalise their side for Sunday's match at 6:20 pm (AEDT) on Thursday.