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Get to know a draft pick — Mikhail Grigorenko

Jun 20, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

Mikhail Grigorenko

All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Mikhail Grigorenko (C)

Height: 6’3 Weight: 200 Shoots: Left

Team: Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

Country: Russia

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 3 among North American skaters

What kind of player is he?

Depends who you ask. Nobody will deny he’s got the talent; it’s his desire many have questioned. (Also, his age.) Grigorenko piled up 85 points in 59 games with the Remparts in 2011-12. His lackluster performance in the playoffs, however, drew criticism. Then again, he was battling mono. All those variables make it hard to predict where Grigorenko will go in the draft. It could be third. It could be much later.

Quotable:

“Talent-wise, he might be above Yakupov. He has a chance to be a franchise center. But the problem is he plays when he wants to.” — Mark Seidel, chief scout of North American Central Scouting

More draft profiles:

Nail Yakupov

Filip Forsberg

Malcolm Subban

Ryan Murray

Pontus Aberg

Oscar Dansk

Griffin Reinhart

Alex Galchenyuk

Cristoval ‘Boo’ Nieves

Jacob Trouba

Olli Maatta

Derrick Pouliot

Slater Koekkoek

  1. lordfletcher - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    he is the wild card / dark horse in the draft.

    I too think he has a strong chance of going to Montreal and staying in the French prov. but could fall, and fall hard if Burke doesn’t take him ….

    I think he has to go #5 but we’ll see… popcorn ready!!!!

    • bcisleman - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      3. 4. 5 or 8 I’d say.

  2. bcisleman - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Corey Pronman has done a fine profile of Grigo. My gut is that a lot of folks misread him. If MTL or NYI do not take him, I suspect TOR will. Certainly won’t fall past CAR at #8.

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