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Regier says Grigorenko will stay in Buffalo next season

Jul 2, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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Mikhail Grigorenko‘s rookie season in Buffalo wasn’t exactly one to write home about.

While he came in with big expectations, he found himself buried on the Sabres’ lines and eventually sent back to junior hockey. Next year, things won’t be like that.

GM Darcy Regier told reporters today that Grigorenko will stay with the Sabres all season and will not be sent back to junior hockey. He is ineligible to play in the AHL as he’s 19 years-old.

Last season, Grigorenko had a goal and four assists in 25 games. That’s not impressive at all, but even less so was his average ice time of 10:14 per game. That kind of inaction is no way to properly develop a young player. Coach Ron Rolston will have to make sure to give him the proper linemates (not John Scott for instance) and ice time to help him better use his offensive abilities.

  1. westinpat - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Plays the entire camp last year with Ott and Leino then ends up playing fourth line minutes with guys who are meant to fight/instigate the opponents. Hopefully now he finally gets paired with players he can play with.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      And is actually used on the PP, lord knows it couldn’t hurt.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      The fans in Minnesota are just waiting for next year to hopefully get Vanek as he lives here in the off season, in fact not too far from my home… He would be a fantastic addition to our team, thought he was a great player when he played college hockey here..
      I just hope no other team will go after him also next year but I doubt if that will not happen

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