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Grigorenko will attend Sabres’ training camp

Jan 8, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

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Mikhail Grigorenko will get a chance to make this year’s Buffalo Sabres after all.

Despite an earlier report to the contrary, the Sabres have confirmed that the 18-year-old forward will participate in the team’s upcoming training camp, according to the Buffalo News.

Grigorenko was taken with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has scored 29 goals and 50 points in 30 games with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts.

He was also a key member of Team Russia in the 2013 World Junior Championship.

The Sabres will be able to use Grigorenko in up to nine games before this would count as the first year of his entry-level contract. If they decide he’s not ready or isn’t getting sufficient ice time, Buffalo would have the option of returning him to the Remparts prior to his 10th NHL contest.


Grigorenko falls to Buffalo, selected 12th overall

  1. lordfletcher - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    still shocked he fell as far as he did. I knew Defense was going to be a premium in the draft but I can’t comprehend why he fell past the top 10. I thought my Wild were going to take him or Dumba but I know we are not a Russian team, so it was always Dumba or Trouba. Best of luck kid, good looking prospect

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I’d prefer they don’t burn a year of his contract on a shortened season. Unless he’s spectacular during his 9 game stint.

    • zetaone - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Agreed totally. The Sabres already have a ton of new moving parts and unresolved dynamics to deal with. Though it would be good to see who would center Vanek/Pominville better – Hodgson or Grigs. Plus they can be both cycled between Leino’s line too to see if he can find some chemistry somewhere since Stafford and Foligno are probably still a lock with Ennis.

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