January 27, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) makes a save against Buffalo Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko (25) in the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Mikhail Grigorenko Plays Against Toronto Maple Leafs

He has’t gotten his first NHL goal yet, nor has he registered a point – but those first will come this year in an NHL uniform as the Buffalo Sabres have confirmed that 18 year old prospect Mikhail Grigorenko has passed his five game tryout, and will remain with the Buffalo Sabres through the rest of this season.

Burning the first year of his professional contract on a shortened season could seem silly, but the Buffalo Sabres need to win now, and the organization made a solid choice in keeping the kid in Buffalo.

While his ice time was restricted and he played with players not in tune with his way of playing the game, Grigorenko was not a liability to the team and was not one of the reasons why they lost any of the three games that he was on the ice for.

Yes – he is part of the bigger problem of the failing offense, but given the right linemates and more chances, he will start to put the puck in the net.

Grigorenko will be on the ice tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs – and the boost from the big club in keeping him should motivate him to go to the net.

Timid time is over, the kid needs to go balls to the wall and take some chances now.  He is here to stay, so screwing up shouldn’t be an excuse to play timid.

Congrats Grigorenko on making the NHL – and thank you Darcy and Lindy – for making a decision on the team that the fans wanted.

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