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Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/5/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
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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

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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

Zemgus Girgensons was voted as Buffalo's Rookie of the Year by his teammates.

He led the team's first-year group with eight goals and 22 points in 70 contests. Girgensons also recorded 115 shots and 161 hits.
Apr 14 - 10:40 AM

Zemigus Girgensons lit the lamp twice on Tuesday night, but the rookie's heroics were all the Sabres could muster in a 4-2 loss to Detroit.

The hulking Latvian deked through multiple Red Wings defensemen for one of his markers. The 20 year old shown a splash of potential near the end of this miserable season for the Sabres. He now has eight goals on the year with 14 assists in 67 games. Both goals were set up by Cody Hodgson.
Apr 8 - 11:30 PM

Zemgus Girgensons played well in his return to the lineup on Saturday.

He missed 11 games with a lower-body injury. He helped create Cody Hodgson's 17th goal of the season with a solid forecheck, but he didn't get credit for an assist on the play. Girgensons had five shots, two hits and a plus-1 rating in 15:05 of ice time.
Mar 31 - 10:13 AM

Look for Zemgus Girgensons to return to action against Tampa Saturday night.

The young Latvian has missed the Sabres' last 11 games due to an undisclosed injury. Buffalo coach Ted Nolan intends to start Girgensons on a line between Cody Hodgson and Brian Flynn. The opportunity to play with Hodgson certainly makes Girgensons someone worth watching.
Mar 29 - 9:13 AM

Two other Buffalo Sabres are expected to miss at least another week: Zemgus Girgensons and Torrey Mitchell. They join Chris Stewart on that injury listed.

Neither is particularly fantasy relevant, although a shallow talent pool in Buffalo might have opened up a few doors.
Mar 9 - 1:20 PM

Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) won't take part in Friday's game.

Girgensons left Thursday's contest in the second period. He has six goals and 20 points in 61 games this season.
Mar 7 - 6:15 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Ennis
2Cody Hodgson
3Zemgus Girgensons
4Matt Ellis
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
4Nathan Lieuwen