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Top prospect Grigorenko looks forward to making future teams look bad for skipping him

May 27, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

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Most of the early scouting lists had QMJHL star Mikhail Grigorenko penciled in as the No. 2 prospect behind Nail Yakupov, but after the final couple months of his season Grigorenko started dropping like a rock. A mix of poor health, KHL worries, and erratic play seemed to be the reasons for his tumble. Even former Flames GM and Craig Button ranked Grigorenko 20th on his list for TSN.

Grigorenko knows his stock has fallen for one reason or another and he tells Arpon Basu of NHL.com he looks forward to proving everyone wrong once he reaches the NHL.

“I was waiting for this,” Grigorenko, 18, said after being named the Canadian Hockey League’s BMO Rookie of the Year. “Before the (final) ratings I understood where I would be because during the season I had good games and I was first or second, but after I had a bad playoffs and I went down.”

If you’re looking for a potential player to compare to Grigorenko should he fall in the first round, look no further than Devils captain Zach Parise who fell to the Devils at 17th overall. Parise was believed to be a top five talent but fell thanks to different concerns. That’s putting the cart way before the horse, but let’s just throw that out there on the chance Grigorenko turns out to be huge.

If teams at the top pass on Grigorenko, they’d best be sure they know what they’re getting when they pick as Grigorenko could be in the NHL as soon as next season if his talent is true.

  1. sergeikremlin - May 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    This kid has elite vision and is a big center. I wouldn’t worry about what Craig Button has to say. I think #3 to the Canadiens.

  2. bcjim - May 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    To Columbus- Caps 2 #1 picks (11, 16) plus any scrubs they want.

    To DC-The second pick.

    • lordfletcher - May 27, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      in no way is the #11 and #16 enough to move up to the number 2 slot….. so keep on dreaming cuz I am laughing my ass off at your comment!

      The only way you can land Grigorenko is if he falls to #7 (Minnesota Wild), and Fletcher deals him to the highest bidder…. No chance Grigorenko falls past #5 tho. Most likely he goes second or third.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 28, 2012 at 1:02 AM

        With all the prospects the Wild have, he’s the kind of player Fletcher could take a chance on.

        High risk even higher reward

  3. mclovinhockey - May 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    100% will be a Hab… I’d love to see him in orange and black.

  4. leaf6904 - May 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Top 5 and the leafs need a big center

  5. bcisleman - May 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Already commented on this. Only places he has “dropped like a rock” are on Button’s list and Redline. Redline is controversial–if memory serves they had Duchene over JT for #1 in 2009–and Button has downgraded others who went higher before as well.

    At the end of the day, if MTL & the NYI don’t select Grigo, TOR surely will. He’s not dropping out of the top 5.

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