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Mikhail Grigorenko | Center

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (20) / 5/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
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Mikhail Grigorenko was recalled from Rochester of the AHL and will be in the Buffalo lineup Saturday night against Colorado.
He was demoted Wednesday but was needed back in Buffalo as both Cody McCormick and Torrey Mitchell will be out until after Christmas. Dec 20 - 9:29 AM

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Mikhail Grigorenko went back to AHL Rochester on Wednesday.

He played in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Syracuse. Grigorenko had three shots and no points in the match. He could be back with the Sabres this weekend.
Dec 18 - 10:20 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko will be in Buffalo's lineup on Tuesday.

It's Grigorenko's first NHL game since Nov. 27, 2013. He was called up after Torrey Mitchell suffered a lower-body injury. "I was really excited, really happy," Grigorenko said. "Last night we were having a booster club dinner in Rochester and (Amerks coach) Chadd Cassidy grabbed me to say I had to be at the airport by 10:30 to go to Winnipeg. I've never been that happy about anything. I was really excited. I'm still really excited and really happy to be here again." Grigorenko has struggled to adjust to the NHL, but he has plenty of potential so he'll be worth keeping an eye on during his latest stint with the Sabres.
Dec 16 - 5:03 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been called up by Buffalo.

The Sabres made the move on Monday night after losing Torrey Mitchell to a lower-body injury. Grigorenko is slated to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Winnipeg. He has produced seven goals and 19 points in 27 games with Rochester.
Dec 16 - 8:23 AM

Buffalo prospect Mikhail Grigorenko scored the winning goal in Rochester's 6-1 victory over Adirondack in AHL play Friday night.

He had a strong camp and many were surprised he did not make the Sabres but was instead assigned to the AHL. Keep an eye on Grigorenko's progress. If the Sabres decide after nine games that Sam Reinhart can't make the transition to the NHL, Grigorenko will be back in Buffalo. He remains a top shelf talent as evidenced by his very impressive training camp and his quick start to the AHL campaign.
Oct 11 - 9:13 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been sent down to the minors, according to agent Jay Grossman.

He was arguably one of the team's top forwards at camp, so his demotion is a bit surprising. With Grigorenko off to the AHL, the Sabres might be keeping 2014 first-round pick Sam Reinhart on their roster for a nine-game trial. If he's returned to junior then it could open the door for Grigorenko to rejoin the team.
Oct 6 - 11:05 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko scored a goal in Buffalo’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night.

Grigorenko’s goal was his first of the preseason. He also added four shots on goal. The 20-year-old center was given ample opportunity to produce tonight, as he played 24:24 with 3:20 of that coming on the power play. Grigorenko also added a goal in the shootout. If the Sabres’ are serious about giving the young Russian some quality minutes this season, he may be an intriguing sleeper pick. Nicolas Deslauriers scored the other goal for Buffalo.
Sep 28 - 10:07 PM

Buffalo coach Ted Nolan has liked what he's seen from Mikhail Grigorenko during training camp so far.

"The first practice I saw was by far the best I've ever seen him skate and pay attention in practice," said Nolan. "He played a pretty good game and today he was pretty good in practice. He's got some good skill sets that a lot of people would die for, so we've just got to get it out of him." Grigorenko has put on about 10 pounds and he played well in the Sabres' 1-0 preseason loss to Washington. If he isn't able to earn a spot with the big club then he'll be playing in AHL Rochester this season.
Sep 23 - 7:11 AM

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

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

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