The time is now for Mikhail Grigorenko and the Buffalo Sabres. Shortly after announcing that Adam Pardy, Kevin Porter, and Nick Tarnasky were reassigned to the Rochester Americans – GM Darcy Regier said officially that the team would give their number one and highly touted draft pick his five game shot at making the roster on a permanent basis.
We should see the young star on opening afternoon Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Buffalo Sabres fans will also get to see the Russian pivot man against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, and Washington Capitals.
If he makes it to January 29th against the Maple Leafs – the Buffalo Sabres would have burned up the first year of his entry level contract and could not send the young star back to the Quebec Ramparts.
Unfortunately for the fans – only two of the games that will feature Grigs in his tryout take place on home soil – so most of his tryout with the team will be seen by the blue and gold faithful on television.
If he has the ability to transfer his offensive production to the NHL game, the Buffalo Sabres could have another Calder Trophy finalist on their hands – the second inside of five years, with Tyley Myers winning it in 2010.
There’s an ineresting factoid – the Buffalo Sabres have a player win the Calder Memorial with the frequency that the NHL under Gary Bettman lockout the fans (too soon, no, ok, moving on).
Clearing waivers and rejoining the Rochester Americans today were Adam Pardy, Kevin Porter, and Nick Tarnasky. pardy came over in the Ott/Roy trade – and used his limited time at camp to convince the Buffalo Sabres to keep him on the roster, but the log jam at the blue line prevented him from staying.
Porter snuck through waivers and his leadership in Rochester will continue. Tarnasky is the last of a dying breed in the NHL – and his tough guy mantra can be used to help the younger prospects learn the dirtier aspects of the game.
Will Grigorenko stay in Buffalo past five games?