Yesterday Ted Nolan and Pat LaFontaine made the decision to carry forward on the year without many of the Buffalo Sabres young prospects and to many the move was a good one. Why keep top prospects stuck in the press box when they can be playing big minutes elsewhere?
So yesterday Rasmus Ristolainen, Johan Larsson and Mikhail Grigorenko were sent to the Rochester Americans, while Nikita Zadorov was sent to the OHL’s London Knights. Grigorenko was sent to the AHL on a two-week conditioning stint and will have to either joining the Buffalo Sabres or head back to the QMJHL at the end of the 14 days.
When the veteran’s on the Sabres squad were asked about the moves they were surprisingly happy. They stated that they had to earn
their spot on the Buffalo Sabres while non of the rookies had done that as of yet, there was no compete or honour to be a member of the Sabres. The young guys showed up to camp and were immediately given a spot despite slumps *cough* Mikhail Grigorenko *cough*.
Nolan believes the older veteran players give him a better chance to win right now over a roster littered with inexperienced rookies and he’s probably right. Give the rookies another year playing junior or AHL and then see what they can do next season when they’ve matured and grown. You know how menacing Zadorov is going to be on the blueline once he bulks up? You can’t throw the kids in with the Sharks and expect them to swim without knowing how. They’ve all been reassigned to help better their career and make them stronger players in the future.
So the question today for all of y’all is which reassignment move was the best? Which prospect will benefit the most from their reassignment? Will it be Nikita Zadorov who will play 30 minutes a night and challenge for a Memorial Cup? Mikhail Grigorenko who will be competing in the AHL (which is where he needs to be)? What about Johan Larson and Rasmus Ristolainen who will playing big minutes down in the AHL?
Place your vote and then sound off in the comments below!