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Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 209

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Mikhail Grigorenko played between Andreas Martinsen and Jarome Iginla on Saturday against Washington.
He earned an assist on a goal by Martinsen, but the trio struggled defensively so Grigorenko finished with just 15:17 of ice time. He has been playing better of late with one goal and five assists in his last five games. Nov 23 - 11:55 AM
Source: Denver Post

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Mikhail Grigorenko scored a goal and three points in Saturday's 6-1 win over Montreal.

Grigorenko did all his damage in the first period as he opened the scoring and assisted on both of Nathan MacKinnon's goals. The 21-year-old has one goal and six points in 14 games. He'll be a good fantasy bet if he keeps getting opportunities on the top line with MacKinnon and Matt Duchene.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 15 - 11:07 AM

It looks as if Mikhail Grigorenko will start Saturday's game against Montreal where he finished Thursday's game against Boston--on the top line.

The 21-year-old winger will line up alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene. Grigorenko is obviously being rewarded for settting up Duchene with the game-winning goal against the Bruins. Perhaps the light has finally gone on. The time may be right to take a shot and pick up Grigorenko.
Nov 14 - 12:11 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko moved up to the top line Thursday after Gabriel Landeskog was ejected for an illegal check to the head on Boston's Brad Marchand.

Grigorenko set up Matt Duchene's game-winning goal in the third period to end his five-game point slump. Offense and playing time have been scarce for Grigorenko during his first season with Colorado. He has no goals and three assists in 13 games, while averaging 8:55 of action per game.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 13 - 9:51 AM

It's been a slow start to the season for Mikhail Grigorenko.

He has no goals and two assists in 11 games with the Avalanche. Even more troubling than that, Grigorenko has been credited with only five shots on goal. He has been averaging just 8:47 per contest, but he if continues to struggle then it won't be long before he takes a seat in the press box. Grigorenko has generated six goals and 16 points in 79 career NHL games.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 9 - 11:18 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko made his debut with the Avalanche Friday night against Anaheim.

The Russian forward, who was acquired in an off-season trade with Buffalo, had been a healthy scratch for the Avs' first three games. Patrick Roy was pleased with Grigorenko's performance against the Ducks in which he registered an assist on one of Colorado's three goals. "I thought he was really good," Roy said of the center. "I thought he had a really good game." That said, it remains to be seen if Grigorenko can play a larger role as he received only 6:19 of ice time Friday night. Take a wait and see approach with him for now.
Oct 17 - 1:00 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko plus defensemen Nate Guenin and Brandon Gormley will each be healthy scratches against Anaheim on Friday night.

Neither Girgorenko nor Gormley have suited up for the Avalanche through four games now, which is troubling given their real-world talent. That being said, their not exactly fantasy studs either so not much is being missed for the poolies.
Oct 16 - 8:56 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko will be scratched against the Boston Bruins

Brandon Gormley and Nate Guenin will join Grigorenko in the press box. The former Sabres 1st round pick (12th overall) has yet to dress for the Avalanche after being acquired as part of the return for sending Ryan O'Reilly to Buffalo in mid June. A fresh start seemed to be in order, however, the skilled Russian struggles have kept him out of the lineup.
Oct 14 - 9:34 PM

The Avalanche have announced that Mikhail Grigorenko, Brandon Gormley and Brad Stuart are once again scratches Saturday night for the Avs.

Grigorenko and Gormley are former first round picks with offensive potential but both of them can't seem to find their game at the NHL level. If Patrick Roy can manage to light a fire under Grigorenko's butt, he will be worth the add to your fantasy team. But as of right now, stay clear of the Avalanche forward.
Oct 10 - 9:21 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko will begin the season as Colorado's 13th forward, according to coach Patrick Roy.

The 12th overall pick of the 2012 draft was hoping for a larger opportunity with the Avalanche, but he will have to wait to make his debut. Still, Griogrenko could be someone to keep an eye when he gets his chance.
Oct 6 - 3:20 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko skated between Alex Tanguay and Nathan MacKinnon during Sunday's practice.

He didn't get much much to work with in Buffalo, but could see time with some talented players as a member of the Avalanche. However, Grigorenko will have to perform very well at training camp to land a top-six spot because Matt Duchene and Carl Soderberg are ahead of him on the depth chart.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 12:51 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko, who was acquired by Colorado from Buffalo in the Ryan O'Reilly trade, is eager to work with Patrick Roy again.

Grigorenko played for the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts during Roy's tenure as their coach. He excelled in the juniors - and has continued to do so in the minors for that matter - but he's struggled to live up to expectations in the NHL. A change of scenery might significantly help the 21-year-old, but the fact that he'll be playing for a familiar coach should also be to his benefit. "I had my best years in Quebec and it was great having Patrick as a coach," Grigorenko said. "He was great to me and taught me a lot of things on and off the ice. I can’t thank him enough for what he's done for me already, and I can't wait to have him as a coach again."
Source: Denver Post
Jul 22 - 4:51 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has signed a one-year, $675,000 contract with Colorado.

Grigorenko has managed to secure a one-way deal straight from his entry-level contract. He excelled in the minors, but had difficulty stepping up during his stints with the Sabres. Buffalo dealt him to Colorado on June 26 as part of the Ryan O'Reilly deal. Grigorenko is a former 12th overall pick and could easily tip the scales of that trade in favor of Colorado if he takes advantage of the change of scenery.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 16 - 6:54 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been sent to Colorado along with Nikita Zadorov, JT Compher and the 31st overall pick for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn.

Over the last three seasons Grigorenko has played 68 games for the Sabres, and has tallied just 14 points. Not very good for the former 12th overall pick in 2012. Still a RFA, Grigorenko was also embattled in contract negotiations with Buffalo after being unwilling to sign a two-way deal. He's coming off an ELC that dinged the cap at $925K.
Jun 26 - 7:37 PM

The Buffalo Sabres' contract negotiations with Mikhail Grigorenko appear to have stalled.

Buffalo wants to sign him to a two-way deal while Grigorenko's agent is demanding a one-way contract. Meanwhile, the threat of Grigorenko bolting to the KHL looms over the talks. "Their expectations of a contract are a little different than ours," Sabres GM Tim Murray said. "They feel he's NHL ready. We feel he needs time in the minors, whether it's 10 games, half a year. That depends on what kind of summer he has." Murray also noted that Grigorenko would have to be placed on waivers to be sent to the minors and he would likely be claimed. He was holding that up as a reason they shouldn't fear a two-way deal, but by the same token that also means that the Sabres don't stand to gain much by trying to force him to sign a two-way contract at the risk of losing him to the KHL.
Jun 19 - 9:45 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3John Mitchell
4Mikhail Grigorenko
5Ben Street
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Alex Tanguay
3Blake Comeau
4Cody McLeod
5Andreas Martinsen
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Jarome Iginla
3Jack Skille
4Dennis Everberg
5Chris Wagner
6Jesse Winchester
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Francois Beauchemin
4Nick Holden
5Brad Stuart
6Brandon Gormley
7Nate Guenin
8Zach Redmond
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra