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Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (20) / 5/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200

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It's been a tough go for Mikhail Grigorenko ever since the Sabres rushed their prized 12th overall selection from 2012 into the NHL right away, but the Russian prospect will look to put past struggles behind him and play a full season with the Sabres in 2014-15.
The 20 year-old has lasted just 43 games in two seasons with the big club, and since his rookie contract kicked in during his first season, he is already in the final year of his contract. Grigorenko’s skill and potential are still sky high, but time is ticking for this prospect to start producing. The Sabres have the option of sending him to Rochester in the AHL if he needs more time to develop. Aug 16 - 11:07 AM

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Mikhail Grigorenko must feel like a pinball, as he's now headed to the AHL's Rochester Americans as expected.

He's played for four teams now: the QMJHL's Quebec Ramparts, the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, Team Russia at the 2014 IIHF World Juniors and now the Americans. Not exactly an easy development year for the Sabres prospect.
Mar 30 - 6:25 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko will probably suit up for Rochester of the AHL now that his season in the QMJHL is over.

"Tim and I will discuss that but my full concentration is trying to figure out who's going to play for us right here with the injuries after injuries after injuries," coach Ted Nolan said. There's a chance that he could end up in Buffalo as well.
Mar 29 - 2:08 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko is sizzling for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

He has registered 10 points in the Remparts' last three games giving him 33 points in 19 games since being demoted in January. Don't forget about Grigorenko next season. He's supremely talented and he is still just 19 years old.
Mar 8 - 8:04 AM

After failing to report, Mikhail Grigorenko played his first game with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL Saturday night and was outstanding.

He scored the winning goal with 7:30 left in the game and registered two assists in Quebec's 5-3 victory over Rouyn-Noranda. Grigorenko was selected as the game's first star. Well, that's how you make an impression in your first game back. He will play the rest of the season with the Remparts and stands a good chance of being a fantasy factor in the NHL in 2014-15.
Jan 19 - 9:07 AM

The Buffalo Sabres cited the upcoming Olympic break as one of the reasons Mikhail Grigorenko was sent to the QMJHL.

Had Grigorenko stayed in Buffalo, he wouldn't have been able to play during the Olympics. As it is, he's barely been used by the Sabres in 2013-14. "A player at 19 years of age needs to develop," Sabres president Pat LaFontaine said. "He needs to be playing. You also want to put a player in a position to succeed. Maybe he's played a few years already there and done very well, but he hasn't won a Memorial Cup yet."
Jan 14 - 2:50 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has had a change of heart and will report to the QMJHL.

Grigorenko was sent down to junior hockey by the Sabres on Saturday and at first he refused to go but now will report to the Quebec Remparts. He had two goals and three points with Buffalo in 18 games this season but will get plenty of playing time back in the Q.
Jan 13 - 9:29 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko apologized for not reporting to the QMJHL and asked for patience while he tries to determine what his next move should be.

Grigorenko said that in a Facebook message that he later deleted. The Sabres, who have barely used Grigorenko in 2013-14, sent him to the junior league on Saturday. He doesn't have a lot of options available to him right now. The Sabres haven't really been using him, he's not eligible to play in the AHL, and Buffalo would probably like to avoid him heading to the KHL.
Jan 12 - 9:21 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko's agent, Jay Grossman, has reportedly confirmed to the Olean Times Herald that Grigorenko won't be reporting to the QMJHL.

Le Soleil's Kathleen Lavoie first reported that there were indications that Grigorenko would refuse his reassignment to the Quebec Remparts because he didn't agree with the Sabres' decision to send him back to major junior. Grossman and Grigorenko want to speak with the team further before they say anything more on the subject.
Jan 11 - 5:23 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been returned to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.

He started the lockout-shortened season with the Sabres, but was sent back to major junior as well. Grigorenko skated in 18 games with Buffalo this campaign, while averaging just 11:25 of ice time. He generated two goals, one assist and 20 shots.
Jan 11 - 2:07 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko won't play Thursday.

He joined the Sabres for their optional skate following his return from the World Junior Championships. Buffalo is still deciding if Grigorenko will stay with the team or finish the season in the QMJHL.
Jan 9 - 1:06 PM

Buffalo has a decision to make with Mikhail Grigorenko, who is set to rejoin the Sabres following his loan to Russia's World Junior squad.

He led the team in scoring during the tournament with five goals and eight points in seven games en route to a bronze medal. Griogenko can either continue to play with the Sabres or head back to the QMJHL.
Jan 6 - 9:57 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko produced a goal and two assists in Russia's dominant 11-0 victory over Norway in World Junior Championship action on Thursday.

The Sabres gave him permission to play in the tournament because he wasn't seeing much action in the NHL. Fellow Buffalo prospect Nikita Zadorov and Edmonton draft pick Anton Slepyshev potted two goals apiece for Russia in the contest. The Russians will face Switzerland on Saturday.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko, who will play in the 2014 World Junior Championships, didn't travel with the Sabres to Montreal for Saturday's game.

Grigorenko is leaving for Europe on Sunday. The Sabres haven't been giving him much playing time, so this tournament will offer him with a temporary escape from that. Afterwards, Buffalo will have to decide if it wants to keep Grigorenko in the NHL or ship him to the QMJHL where he'll get top-line minutes.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 09:17:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have confirmed that Mikhail Grigorenko will be loaned to Team Russia for the 2014 World Junior Championships.

Grigorenko isn't getting much playing time in Buffalo this season, so the decision was an easy one to make. In 18 games he has averaged 11:25 of ice time and he's produced just two goals and one assist. He should be a key member of Russia's junior team.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 11:58:00 AM

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C1Tyler Ennis
2Zemgus Girgensons
3Mikhail Grigorenko
4Johan Larsson
5Matt Ellis
LW1Matt Moulson
2Marcus Foligno
3Brian Flynn
4Cody McCormick
5Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Cody Hodgson
2Drew Stafford
3Brian Gionta
4Chris Stewart
5Patrick Kaleta
6Torrey Mitchell
D1Tyler Myers
2Rasmus Ristolainen
3Josh Gorges
4Andrej Meszaros
5Mike Weber
6Andre Benoit
7Mark Pysyk
8Chad Ruhwedel
9Jake McCabe
G1Jhonas Enroth
2Michal Neuvirth