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Mikhail Grigorenko Back in Buffalo

As the Buffalo Sabres took to the ice for practice on Tuesday morning a familiar face joined them. Rookie Mikhail Grigorenko was back on the ice with his Sabres teammates after being recalled from the QMJHL.

Grigorenko had been sent down to the QMJHL to rejoin the Quebec Remparts for their playoff run. The Remparts were knocked out in the second round of the QMJHL playoffs by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies after losing the series 4-1.

Through the Remparts 11 games Grigorenko had 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points. But his play was not consistent and drew criticism from head coach Patrick Roy.

After being held point-less for the first three games of the series, Roy made it known he was not impressed with the Grigorenko’s play.

“He won’t have any points the way he’s been playing. He has to be ready and he’d better rebound.” ~ Patrick Roy

While the Remparts playoff run wasn’t as deep as many were hoping it would be, Grigorenko will have gained some valuable playoff experience. Had he stayed in Buffalo he wouldn’t have had that opportunity.

After 22 games with the Sabres in which Grigorenko put up just 5 points, the Sabres decided it would be best to send him back to the

QMJHL to participate in the playoffs and shape his game.

With the Remparts eliminated from the playoffs Grigorenko was eligible to return to either the Buffalo Sabres or the Rochester Americans. On Tuesday the team made it clear that Grigorenko would finish the regular season with the Sabres.

Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston confirmed after the morning skate that Grigorenko will be sticking with the Sabres. He will travel to Boston with the team but will not be in the lineup. However after that he is expected to play in the last 5 games.

The Sabres are eager to see what his time in the QMJHL and under coach Roy has taught the rookie and see how his game has evolved. Regier was informed that Grigorenko’s work ethic and attitude had drastically improved.

The rookie will get his second go-around in the NHL after all and will get an opportunity to finish off the year with the team he started the 2013 season with. With no real pressure or expectations on the Buffalo Sabres, head coach Ron Rolston will be free to use Grigorenko as much or as little as he see’s fit.

Grigorenko may still end up in Rochester to join the Amerks as they begin their playoff season and challenge for the Calder Cup. But for now Mikhail Grigorenko is back in blue and gold once again.



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  • PaulR

    I would like to see Larsson play – let’s see what we got for Pominville.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Yup I’m looking forward to seeing both him and Hackett next year in Blue and Gold

  • Andrew

    No point in benching him tomorrow.

    Ruhwedel came out of nowhere and played immediately.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Only difference between the two is position. Sabres needed someone to step up and fill the role of Myers. They had a need on the blue line so Ruhwedel stepped right in. Grigorenko is a forward and there isn’t as much of a need up front. It is a good sign the Sabres sent Luke Adam down as it means Grigorenko will get more ice time

  • Timothy Redinger

    I already don’t like how Rolston is using the words “earned” when it comes to giving Grigorenko ice time, its almost like putting the writing on the wall early that he will be playing with Jochen Hecht and John Scott to earn ice time. Let the kid play.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Fully agree either let the kid play and learn from real hockey players or let him go down to the AHL so he can actually go on a meaningful run. Don’t make him ride the pine. He has nothing to earn and everything to learn.