He’s not getting the same limelight that Mikhail Grigorenko (pictured above) is getting, but don’t forget, the Buffalo Sabres selected Zemgus Girgensons in the first round of the draft as well, despite him being the Buffalo Sabres second pick. While he has an entry level deal in the NHL – he would be getting much more attention if he wan’t a “second” first round pick for a team.
With a committment to the University of Vermont of the NCAA in the fall, it appeared that the Sabres were going to come to battle this year with Grigorenko, and bring on Girgensons after school.
Girgensons has avoided going to college – and will be jumping straight into his professional career. Today the Buffalo Sabres announced that they have agreed to terms on a three year entry level deal with the sizeable pivot man.
Girgensons will no doubt be in blue and gold for training camp, and depending on the heat of the middle man battle he will most likely be starting the season in Rochester, but he should not get comfortable, because he will be towards the top of the callup pile when things get hairy.
Welcome to the Buffalo Sabres officially Zemgus!
Girgensons is from Riga, Latvia and is the highest drafted Latvian ever in the NHL draft.