The Buffalo Sabres announced on Wednesday that rookie forward Mikhail Grigorenko has been deemed ineligible to participate at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament. The decision is based on the fact that Grigorenko played “too many” games with the Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres mishandled Grigorenko last season. Not only did they keep him in the NHL too long, they burned a year off his entry-level contract and now he’s no longer eligible for the prospect tournament. Grigorenko stuck with the Sabres right out of training camp and appeared in 25 games racking up just 5 points. The tournament was going to be an opportunity for the Sabres organization to view the offseason growth of Mikhail Grigorenko who is expected to spend a full season in Buffalo this year. Sabres fans will have to wait until training camp opens next week to get their first glimpse at Grigorenko and how the Sabres will use the young centre. It’s projected that he will centre the second line, behind Cody Hodgson.
With Grigorenko off the roster, other key prospects to watch include; Joel Armia, Zemgus Girgensons, Mark Pysyk, Chad Ruhwedel and the Sabres first overall pick on 2013 Rasmus Ristolainen. The Buffalo Sabres’ prospects are the defending champions of the Prospect Tournament after they defeated the New York Rangers prospects last season. The tournament kicks off on Thursday and the Sabres play their first game at 4pm.