The Buffalo Sabres needed size of the center, and they addressed that by grabbing Grigorenko. Not the best center available in the draft, as Radek Faksa was still available and he would have been my choice, or the questionable Grigorenko, especially given the KHL flight risk.
A testament to Grigorenko, Patrick Roy traded up to get him in the Import Draft to get him in a Ramparts uniform.
At one time Grigorenko was in the running to be one of the best prospects in the draft, sliding from there to outside of the top ten. A musch riskier pick than Faksa, who was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Dallas Stars.