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Grigorenko falls to Buffalo, selected 12th overall

Jun 22, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

Mikhail Grigorenko

The Buffalo Sabres are hoping the many teams that passed on Mikhail Grigorenko made a giant mistake. The big, talented Russian went 12th overall in Friday’s NHL Entry Draft to a team that had promised to address the center position this summer.

Ranked No. 3 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, Grigorenko saw his star fall after an underwhelming playoff performance with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.

“Eleven teams didn’t draft me so too bad for them,” Grigorenko said. “I’m No. 1 pick for Buffalo Sabres.”

For his draft profile, click here.

Grigorenko joins a Sabres squad that acquired another highly touted, young center in Cody Hodgson at the trade deadline.

There’s no guarantee Grigorenko will be playing in the NHL next year, but expect the Derek Roy trade speculation to heat up nonetheless. The diminutive center has one year left on his contract ($4 million cap hit) before he can become an unrestricted free agent, and you have to assume his future past that point won’t be in Buffalo.

Related: Patrick Roy sticks up for Grigorenko

  1. quonce - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Welcome to the Rochester Americans

  2. mydadyourmom - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Sweet pick!

  3. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Realistically the 2nd most talented forward in the draft- Buffalo could either make the 10 teams that passed on him look stupid (ala picking Myers 12th in ’09), or be left with the 16 teams that picked behind them pointing and snickering.

  4. leninthebuff - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    “Eleven teams didn’t draft me so too bad for them,” Saying that shows this kid has pride and he will come in with a chip on his shoulder to prove that those eleven teams made a mistake…I like that!

    • obamablowz - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      What did you expect him to say, “Eleven teams were right.”

  5. buffalomafia - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Get rid of Kaleta & some other dead weight!

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