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Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/5/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
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Zemgus Girgensons notched a goal and an assist in Thursday's win against the Calgary Flames.
He produced the game-tying goal in the third period and then earned a helper on Matt Moulson's winning marker shortly after to give the Sabres a 4-3 triumph. Girgensons leads the team with nine goals and he ranks second with 16 points in 29 games. He's currently playing on the top line with Tyler Ennis and Moulson. Dec 12 - 9:15 AM

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Zemgus Girgensons is still crushing the competition in the NHL all-star voting race.

Girgensons has 803,805 votes while the second place Patrick Kane has 375,758. His native Latvia can be thanked for the lopsided result as 82% of his votes have come from that country.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 9 - 2:48 PM

Zemgus Girgensons scored an important goal for the Sabres Tuesday as they defeated the Lightning by a score of 2-1 in a shootout.

Girgensons's goal with less than four minutes to play in the third period tied the score at 1-1 and allowed the Sabres to prevail in a shootout. He has now scored eight times on the season and oozes potential for bigger things. Tyler Myers and Josh Gorges picked up helpers on the lone goal.
Dec 2 - 11:48 PM

Zemgus Girgensons is the runaway leader in the NHL all-star voting through two weeks.

Girgensons is the only player in the NHL from Latvia and apparently that's where a lot of his votes are coming from. He now has 399,356 votes, which easily tops the next highest player, P.K. Subban, who has 240,362. Sidney Crosby is second among forwards with 218,672. Girgensons has seven goals and 13 points in 24 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 2 - 5:54 PM

Zemgus Girgensons leads all NHL forwards in all-star voting.

Yes, you read that correctly. Girgensons is a good player but he shouldn't have more votes than Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Steven Stamkos. Many believe that his home country of Latvia have stuffed the ballot box throughout the voting process. "I've seen the votes. I've seen it. There's not a lot I have to do with it. It's not me voting," Girgensons said. "It's the fans back home. We got some crazy hockey fans back home." The 20-year-old trails on Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban in overall votes.
Nov 30 - 12:05 PM

Zemgus Girgensons has meshed very nicely on the Sabres' top line with Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis.

In the Sabres' last seven games (since the line was put together) Girgensons, Moulson and Ennis have combined for nine goals and 22 points. Not too shabby for a Buffalo team that was struggling for offense earlier in the season. It goes without saying that if any of these three players are available on your wire, they should be considered as viable acquisition targets.
Nov 29 - 9:06 AM

Zemgus Girgensons has been a big part of Buffalo's offensive picture early into the 2014-15 campaign.

He's been playing with Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson lately, which has helped his role as an offensive threat take shape. "It's just a case of getting the chances," Girgensons said Monday. "Playing with Moulson and Ennis has opened up a lot of ice and given us a lot of opportunities to score. There's a time where you can catch the other team off their guard, a little bit flat-footed. You can really get some good opportunities that way and that's what I've been doing." Girgensons has four goals in his last four games and seven points in his past seven outings. He's tied with Ennis for the club lead with six markers and he sits third on the team with 10 points in 19 matches. The 20-year-old forward has also amassed 44 hits this year.
Nov 18 - 8:40 AM

Zemgus Girgensons had a goal and an assist but the Sabres were thrashed 6-3 by the Wild on Thursday night.

Girgensons, the 20-year-old Latvian, is proving to be a decent player in the NHL. His fantasy value, however, will be hampered as long as the Sabres are at the bottom of the league and getting dominated every night. The forward has eight points through 18 games this season.
Nov 13 - 11:41 PM

Zemgus Girgensons scored the lone goal for the Sabres on Saturday night in their 6-1 loss to the Penguins.

The 20-year-old first-round pick from the 2012 draft certainly has the ability to be a very good NHL player. Unfortunately, the situation he finds himself in is not conducive to that. Girgensons has three goals and six points this season. Josh Gorges and Brian Gionta had the helpers.
Nov 8 - 9:39 PM

Zemgus Girgensons notched a goal for the Sabres, who were dominated by the Blackhawks in a 6-2 loss Saturday night.

The 20-year-old has goals in two straight games. The 2012 first-round pick probably needs more time to develop, preferably in the AHL or at least in a sheltered role in the NHL. He might not get that with the Sabres, who are likely to finish as one of the league’s worst teams. Tyler Ennis had the other goal. Drew Stafford picked up two assists.
Oct 12 - 12:40 AM

Zemgus Girgensons doesn't lack for sheer talent, and it was on display Thursday night.

The sophomore gathered the puck off his left wall at center ice and in one fluid motion evaded Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell to gain the offensive zone, and then ripped one top shelf over Sergei Bobrovsky a few strides later to tie the game at one midway through. You are encouraged to go find a replay.
Oct 10 - 12:12 AM

Zemgus Girgensons has noticed a significant change in Buffalo's locker room entering the 2014-15 campaign.

"Now it's a lot more fun. Guys are talking more. It just feels way different," said the 20-year-old forward. "There's definitely a lot of new guys and fun guys. It's nice to be in the locker room. It's louder, a little bit more energy than last year, of course. I hope we can keep that going. It's been a fun week, so I'm looking forward to the next days coming up." The off-season acquisitions of Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges have helped. Girgensons is projected to be a leader of the future for the club after he took on some responsibilities for the team last season.
Sep 25 - 9:58 AM

Zemgus Girgensons registered two goals and 29 penalty minutes in six games for Latvia at the World Hockey Championship.

He was suspended for one game for spearing Russia's Alexander Burmistrov in the groin following a faceoff. Girgensons and Latvian coach Ted Nolan will be back together in Buffalo next season. Latvia won't advance to the quarterfinal round at the tournament, so Girgensons can start preparing for the 2014-15 campaign.
May 20 - 1:15 PM

Zemgus Girgensons is still looking for his first point of the 2014 World Hockey Championship after three games.

His Latvian squad upset Finland in their tournament opener and they defeated Kazakhstan, which has them tied for second place in Group B during the preliminary round. "Our confidence level as a team has grown and is carrying over here," Girgensons told John Sanful of IIHF.com. "We don't focus on other teams and what they are doing. We have a game plan and need to stick to it. We are successful when we make other teams adjust to us." He has seven shots and he's averaged 17:28 of ice time per contest, which is second most among the team's forwards.
May 14 - 6:26 AM

Zemgus Girgensons got to wear an "A" on his jersey for Buffalo's season finale.

"It was just an amazing experience to wear the 'A' at age 20. I was pretty shocked," he said. "It was pretty amazing to wear it for just one game. It didn't matter if it was the last game. I still wore it, and I loved it." Coach Ted Nolan loves Girgensons' work ethic and he could be a part of Buffalo's young leadership group moving forward.
Apr 21 - 10:31 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Ennis
2Cody Hodgson
3Zemgus Girgensons
4Matt Ellis
5Johan Larsson
LW1Matt Moulson
2Marcus Foligno
3Brian Flynn
4Cody McCormick
5Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Drew Stafford
2Chris Stewart
3Brian Gionta
4Torrey Mitchell
5Patrick Kaleta
D1Tyler Myers
2Rasmus Ristolainen
3Josh Gorges
4Andrej Meszaros
5Mike Weber
6Andre Benoit
7Nikita Zadorov
8Tyson Strachan
G1Jhonas Enroth
2Michal Neuvirth
3Matthew Hackett