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Sabres sign 12th overall pick Grigorenko

Jul 18, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have signed their first-round pick from the 2012 draft, Mikhail Grigorenko, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the club announced today.

Once considered a potential first overall pick, Grigorenko was selected 12th overall by the Sabres after falling down the draft rankings as the 2011-12 season progressed.

Grigorenko, a center, is expected to challenge for a spot on Buffalo’s 2012-13 roster.

  1. elemeno89 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM


    • elemeno89 - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      not that i need approval or anything, but can someone explain why they don’t like a team signing their first round draft pick? i’m a little confused about that…

  2. mydadyourmom - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Rookie of the year. Hihf.

  3. buddysguys - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    this guy is going to dominate, he has a chip on his shoulder 12 teams long too….

  4. bagjr387 - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    phew….he will be in a sabres uni come october….I cant wait

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I think this is the biggest boom or bust pick from the draft. I could see him being Mogilny 2.0 if he wants to be but I could just as easily see him being Krutov 2.0, it’ll be fun to watch which way he goes.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      And in saying that I will fully admit that when he fell to 11 then 12 I was praying the Flames would trade up and pick him because I think he’s gonna be a star.

  6. sergeikremlin - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Very similar path to Couturier.

    Big, talented center who is considered possible #1 pick, falls down the ranks for whatever reason, falling into the lap of a pretty good team…leading to teams regretting passing on him when he starts making an impact.

    • Eberwizzle - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      Buffalo “a pretty good team”…..????

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    He’ll get his 9 games (less if he’s bad) and go back to Quebec. Just not Buffalo’s m.o. when it comes to Junior eligible players to do anything but let them develop. Girgensons looks to be a bit more poised to take a 3rd line center role out of camp.

    • chrisr9040 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      It’s not that it’s not their style, see Tyler Meyers. I do think Girgensons is more likely to make the team coming out of camp, as he can fit as a 3rd or 4th line center and still contribute.

      Grigorenko however is wasted if he’s not playing on the first or second line; I don’t want to see them put him into a checking role. Until he’s ready for a scoring line, keep him in Juniors.

      • chrisr9040 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:14 AM


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