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Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (20) / 5/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
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Mikhail Grigorenko generated some opportunities for himself and his linemates last Saturday in a 3-0 loss to Nashville.
"We had chances. Unfortunately we couldn't score but overall it was a good game for our line," said Grigorenko, who hit the goalpost in the match. "I beat him on the shot and I'm frustrated but at the same time I'm happy I had some chances. The first period wasn't really good but I kept working and skating and the chances started coming to me." He saw just 12:47 of ice time between Jerry D'Amigo and Cody Hodgson, so he still has plenty of work to do to ingratiate himself to coach Ted Nolan. Mar 23 - 10:56 AM

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Mikhail Grigorenko played very poorly on his return to the Sabres' lineup Friday night against New Jersey.

Grigorenko was called up earlier in the day from Rochester of the AHL for the sixth time this season to center the Sabres' third line alongside Nicolas Deslauriers and Cody Hodgson, but it did not go well for him. He was on the ice for two goals against and did not take a shot on goal during the first half of the game and saw only 8:06 of ice time in total, a game-low. Of Grigorenko Buffalo coach Ted Nolan bluntly said the following: "Right now guys are vying for jobs and seeing how they respond. He’s just got to be better." Needless to say, Grigorenko should not be on your fantasy radar at this time.
Mar 21 - 10:41 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko will center the Sabres' third line on Friday night against the New Jersey Devils.

Grigorenko will be flanked by Nicolas Deslauriers and Cody Hodgson. The former 12th overall pick in 2012 Grigorenko has yet to find his stride at the NHL level, accumulating just 10 points and 25 hits through 56 games spread over three seasons. Deslauriers however has produced 69 PIMs and 226 hits through 70 games this season. Making him a valuable commodity for any league that rewards tough guys.
Mar 20 - 6:41 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been summoned by the Buffalo Sabres.

Grigorenko got a chance to prove himself a couple weeks back, but Sabres coach Ted Nolan wasn't pleased with the results. Grigorenko has plenty of potential and is doing well at the AHL level, but he's had a lot of difficulty making the transition to the NHL.
Mar 20 - 3:47 PM

Coach Ted Nolan didn't like Mikhail Grigorenko's performance last Friday against Ottawa.

"I didn't like his play," Nolan said. "For him to play at this level, especially with that much skill, he has to bring a little bit more than what he had. You don't really want to sit back and hope for things to work. You've got to make them work like everybody else. I just felt his play on certain parts was very lackadaisical. Didn't have any energy or urgency in his game whatsoever. Hopefully, he'll catch that one day." He started on the second line, but ended up seeing less than 14 minutes of ice time. Grigorenko was returned to the minors after the match. He's playing in the final year of his entry-level deal and he's earned 10 points in 56 NHL outings in his career.
Mar 9 - 4:57 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have assigned Mikhail Grigorenko to the minors.

The 20-year-old has been up and down between the NHL and AHL lately. He has one goal and one assist in 13 NHL games this season.
Mar 7 - 12:48 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko is excited to get a chance on Buffalo's second line.

"It's a really great opportunity for me to play with those guys," said Grigorenko referring to new linemates Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno. He has produced 11 goals and 32 points in 39 games for Rochester this season, but he may remain with the Sabres for the rest of the season.
Mar 6 - 9:09 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been summoned from the minors.

He has one goal and one assist in 12 games with the Sabres this season. Grigorenko was skating on the second line at practice on Thursday. He was just returned to the minors on Wednesday after he was scratched on Tuesday.
Mar 5 - 12:10 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been returned to the minors.

He was called up as insurance just in case Tyler Ennis was unable to play Tuesday. Ennis was able to return from a groin injury, so Grigorenko sat as a healthy scratch. Grigorenko is just getting over an injury of his own, so he'll get to work that out in the AHL.
Mar 4 - 10:30 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko will be scratched on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Through Girgorenko's first 55 NHL games, he's posted four goals, 10 points, and 22 hits while averaging 11:45 of ice time per game. However, he's put up 10 goals and 31 points in 38 AHL Rochester games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 3 - 7:00 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been called up by the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo needed reinforcements after its focus on trading players for picks before the deadline. That aside though, this is a great opportunity for Grigorenko to get some more NHL ice time ahead of the 2015-16 campaign. He has 10 goals and 31 points in 38 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Mar 3 - 12:24 PM

The Buffalo Sabres haven't received much production from players they've recalled from the minors.

The Sabres have called up eight players this year: Phil Varone, Johan Larsson, Mikhail Grigorenko, Mark Pysyk, Tim Schaller, Zac Dalpe, Joel Armia and Matt Ellis. Those eight players have combined for six goals and eight points in 43 games. "You have to put your best foot forward all the time," Sabres' head coach Ted Nolan said. "It’s not a sometime thing. There’s only 720 jobs in this league, and to get one of them is very special."
Jan 18 - 11:32 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko was returned to Rochester of the AHL following the Sabres' 2-1 loss to Tampa Friday night.

Grigorenko has yet to realize his vast potential at the NHL level as he has registered only two points in 12 games this season. Eventually he may be a fantasy factor, but we seem to be a long way away from that right now.
Jan 10 - 9:42 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko scored his first goal of the season for the Sabres on Tuesday, but it wasn't nearly enough as they dropped a 4-1 decision to New Jersey.

The former first round pick has played 10 games in the NHL this season and has now recorded just two points, this being his first goal of the campaign. If it was not already obvious, he's not worth a look in your fantasy league. Chris Stewart drew the only assist on the tally.
Jan 6 - 10:00 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko started Friday night's game centering a line featuring wingers Chris Stewart and Cody Hodgson.

Although neither Stewart nor Hodgson have played well this season, they are considered two of the Sabres' top forwards, so Grigorenko is getting a good opportunity here. The young Russian took two shots on goal late in the game but didn't achieve much in Buffalo's 2-0 loss to Florida Friday. Sabres' coach Ted Nolan, who has been impressed with Grigorenko since his recall last week, is expecting more from his second-year pivot. "We need better at this level," Nolan said. "It's not a free pass. You have to compete and work at this level and you only get a certain amount of opportunities. Grigorenko was a little bit better as the game went but it's not good enough yet." Keep an eye on Grigorenko as he is highly regarded and is geting a chance for some serious ice time at the moment.
Jan 3 - 9:13 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Zemgus Girgensons
2Mikhail Grigorenko
3Phil Varone
4Johan Larsson
5Matt Ellis
6Tim Schaller
LW1Matt Moulson
2Marcus Foligno
3Nicolas Deslauriers
4Jerry D'Amigo
5Evander Kane
6Cody McCormick
RW1Tyler Ennis
2Brian Gionta
3Cody Hodgson
4Zac Dalpe
5Patrick Kaleta
D1Zach Bogosian
2Rasmus Ristolainen
3Josh Gorges
4Nikita Zadorov
5Mike Weber
6Andre Benoit
7Andrej Meszaros
8Tyson Strachan
G1Anders Lindback
2Chad Johnson
3Matt Hackett
4Andrey Makarov