There was a lot of talk amongst the faithful in Sabres Nation that Mikhail Grigorenko would be a flight risk if drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, preferring to play in his native Russia by signing a deal with the KHL.
He assured the team that his place was in North America – and wearing a blue and gold sweater.
After a brief five game tryout, the organization decided that the kid would do better to develop in the National Hockey League, as opposed to continue to tear about the QMJHL as apart of the favored Quebec Ramparts .
We didn’t see much out of the young center in those five games, but he wasn’t a liability and was no where near many of the problems troubling the Buffalo Sabres in one of their worst starts in history.
It seemed as though once the tryout was over, the eighteen year old pivot man has become the subject of much ire amongst managers and coaches, and has spent more time watching the NHL game as opposed to playing the NHL game.
You burned the first year of Grigorenko’s entry level deal by keeping in the compressed shortened season, why are we waisting the kids talents by him either not playing or tethering him to third or fourth line duties?
Saturday they had him playing with Patrick Kaleta – that is not going to help the kids offensive development, Kaleta and Grigorenko play totally different games.
New head coach Ron Rolston wants the kid to earn his ice time and the right to a regular shift. If your not going to use him, if he is not NHL ready – why wouldn’t you send him back to Patrick Roy and the Quebec Ramparts? Oh yeah, that whole waiver thing. Grigorenko would be snatched up in a heart beat and utilized on a team that needs his offensive skills. (Correction – as it was pointed out by a reader, Grigorenko doesn’t have to clear waivers, he has not played the required number of games on his entry level deal.)
What about this team has you questioning the kids ability to play? Everyone else on the roster is making mistakes that an 18 year old is expected to make while we lose games let and right – whats the harm in moving him to the second line, or even the first line for the ice time. He can’t learn the game from watching other players fail. Give him the chance to prove it.
Nothing like messing with the kids head, your in, your out, your a first round draft pick, earn it – play don’t play.
How would you use Mikhail Grigorenko going forward?