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Grigorenko rejoins Sabres

Apr 16, 2013, 11:24 AM EST

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Mikhail Grigorenko is a Buffalo Sabre again.

But for how long, nobody knows.

On Tuesday, GM Darcy Regier confirmed the Russian rookie was back with the club after being dispatched to QMHJL Quebec on Mar. 15.

Quebec’s season ended on Friday with a playoff loss to Rouyn-Noranda, meaning Grigorenko was available for selection at both the NHL and AHL level.

“Grigo” had 14 points in 11 postseason games for the Remparts.

Regier said the 18-year-old will start with the Sabres and, eventually, a decision will be made to see if he goes to Rochester.

Prior to getting demoted, Grigorenko had one goal and four assists in 22 games with Buffalo and, since he played more than five games in the NHL, the first year of his three-year, entry-level contract wasn’t delayed.

(Or, in more dramatic terms, it will was “burned.”)

Buffalo selected Grigorenko in the first round (12th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He is one of just six ’12 draftees to make his NHL debut this season, joining Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk, Filip Forsberg, Scott Laughton and Stefan Matteau.

  1. travishenryskid - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    If he decides he wants to battle and compete, he’ll be a very good player. He was very shy about contact in his first stint. He doesn’t need to bang, but he needs to show some fight for loose pucks and along the boards to belong in the NHL. He plays a dainty game. Hopefully that goes away with age and isn’t a personality thing.

    • steiner444 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      How can you even say that about his game when he barely was on the ice in that first stint. The key to his development is playing time, but that’s hard to do when the coaches give Jochen Hecht and Drew Stafford top-six minutes. The fact he was sent back to juniors last month was a mistake.

      Grigorenko has plenty of potential, but I’m not sure even he can prevent what Buffalo loves to do: take talented young players and turn them into defensive 15-20 goal scorers.

  2. sergeikremlin - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    If they lose to Boston tomorrow, they are pretty much done. I would get him in the lineup then and let him play the last 4 games. If they win and keep pushing for a playoff spot, I don’t think you put the rookie in. Then send him down for a playoff run in Rochester.

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