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Sabres might scratch Grigorenko Thursday

Oct 9, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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Much like last season, it appears that Mikhail Grigorenko is struggling to translate his considerable skills into NHL production. Unfortunately for the 19-year-old, the Olean Times Herald reports that he might be on his way to healthy scratch status again, too.

Grigorenko hasn’t scored a single point in four contests, firing a middling five shots on goal.

Sabres head coach Ron Rolston explains his struggles (Note: please don’t take a shot every time he says “puck.”)

“You have to find a way to be an impact in a game,” Rolston said. “It’s his ability to put himself in positions where he can use those skills. So that means you got to go to the puck. You got to get the puck. You got to support the puck. You got to be around the puck. You got to battle for the puck. You can stickhandle in a phone booth. That doesn’t really translate unless you can be an impact in a game.”

Last season, Grigorenko was in that awkward developmental stage in which he was too gifted for the lower level (54 points in 33 QMJHL games for the Quebec Ramparts), but not quite there yet in the NHL.

Considering his young age, let’s hope that these growing pains don’t shake his confidence.

  1. buffhockeynutt - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Just another in a long line of Darcy Regier misses. It’s beyond explicable that he is still employed by this team.

    • anthj99 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Agreed. Unfortunately Darcy is too vain to admit that he can make any mistakes so he’ll spend the next 12 years trying to groom this dud. His skills do not translate to the NHL. Mark my words.

    • bullwinkle88 - Oct 10, 2013 at 5:05 AM

      That is nonsense. Darcy has done well, but you can’t build a serious Cup contender in a year – or even three.

      The “let’s do it quick” model didn’t work, so now it’s back to the grindstone of player development. There is a plan, but it takes time.

      And to denigrate Darcy because of draft picks is stupid and just plain wrong. Did you criticize his selection of Pysyk? How about Ristolainen? I don’t recall you complaining when Myers won the Caulder Trophy…maybe I just missed that post.

      It’s easy to cherry pick your criticisms, but they don’t hold up under real scrutiny.

      • buffhockeynutt - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Cherry pick criticisms ??? Regier’s career here is rife bad judgement and poor decisions. You name these players I’m supposed to be excited about i.e. Myers. Look at him now. Since his Calder trophy year (not, Caulder), his play totally belies any connection to that award (http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/killorn-nails-game-winner-ot). These young players may look promising in their first year or two but then become ‘Sabretized’ into stagnation. And it starts with the GM. Remember J. Leopold’s comments after getting traded last year….”I was always waiting for the Grim Reaper to walk in the locker room every day.” That’s exactly they things have been too long now. And purging this mindset starting with GM is paramount.

  2. mpops86 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    “19 years old”

  3. bagjr387 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    He needs to be in the AHL….unfortunately thats not an option for whatever reason

  4. pxland - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Buffalol

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Meh. I don’t know…..the guy hasn’t been impressive at all, save for literally a few brief moments in a few games. But he hasn’t exactly been afforded much of an opportunity at any point either. Maybe I’m wrong- but I don’t recall seeing him with Vanek or Ennis up until now. I’m not at practice, and I’m not there to see what the guy’s doing off ice to prepare- but I don’t recall ever seeing him given an opportunity to play with anyone other than a whole lot of the Buffalo’s “status quo” players. Maybe that’s off ice stuff. I’ll call the pick a bust when they fire this Lindy Ruff clone: who seems as serious about making sure Kevin Porter is constantly on the ice as Ruff was with Jochen Hecht.

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