Today in our second Draft Profile we look to the QMJHL to find our second feature player, Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts. This weeks Draft Profile has been delayed until today because I just about passed out yesterday with exhaustion. Anyways, you don’t care about that. What you really care about is learning about some of the top players available in this year’s NHL draft. Take the jump to hear about one of the top North American forwards available, Mikhail Grigorenko.
Grigorenko was born in Khabarovsk, Russia in 1994. Before the Remparts, Grigorenko had much success in Russia. In 2010 as a member of CSKA-Krasnaja Armija Moskva Grigorenko scored 17 goals and 18 assists (35 points) in 43 games. He was selected 8th overall in the 2011 KHL Draft, however he elected to head to the CHL instead. He was selected 2nd overall in the CHL Import draft by Quebec.
So far this season, Grigorenko has scored 28 goals and 37 assists (65 points) in 43 games. He stands at 6’2” 183 lbs., so he has some height but isn’t huge. As a Center, he will be highly sought after in the draft. He has great offensive upside and is known for having great hands.
Grigorenko has played in two international tournaments for Russia, experiencing great success on both occasions. In 2010 Grigorenko was a member of the Russian Under-18 team. In seven games he was at a point per, with 4 goals and 14 assists. Last year he participated in the World Junior Championships, where he had 2 goals and 3 assists for the Silver medal winning Russian team.
Grigorenko currently sits second in the Central Scouting rankings of North American players, only behind Nail Yabukov. He is also the top Center on the North American side. I know any team would be drooling for a Center with incredible offensive upside, and the Sabres more than most. If the Sabres are close to the bottom at seasons end, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mikhail in a Sabres uniform. Coming up next in the Draft Profiles series is Filip Forsberg of the Leksands IF in the Allsvenskan League. As always, thanks for reading!