The plot has certainly thickened around the young Mikhail Grigorenko in the last 48 hours. From a conditioning stint with the Rochester Americans to the NHL denying that conditioning stint and Grigorenko working his way back to Buffalo. The Buffalo Sabres and Ted Nolan seem to be at a loss regarding the young, Russian centre.
They know he needs ice time to further develop his game but he’s not quite ready for a full-time gig in the NHL but is past the point
where time in the QMJHL will help any. What he needs- and can’t have unfortunately for the Sabres- is some solid time in the AHL where he can prove to himself that he can compete and get back into shape.
Once Grigorenko had been returned to Buffalo he had a meeting with Nolan, and the meeting didn’t sound too optimistic. He seemed down- and it’s hard to blame the kid- He said that he needed to play and get the ice time and the AHL would have been the perfect place. He went on to say that Nolan didn’t tell him he isn’t ready for the NHL but he doesn’t know how he will be used going forward.
The Buffalo Sabres need to figure out what their plans are for Grigorenko going forward and put him in the best situation to achieve those goals. Are they going to continue to play him on the 4th line, let him sit in the press box or send him back to the Remparts? A decision has to be made before they push him over the edge and he bolts to the KHL where he will be treated better. The Sabres need to stop screwing up Mikhail Grigorenko’s career, if they’re not going to use him either trade him or send him down to the QMJHL. Just get him ice time!
So in today’s poll we’re asking y’all what you would do with Mikhail Grigorenko or at least what the Sabres should do with him. Do they play him, bench him, send him to the QMJHL or does he bolt to the KHL? Vote in the poll below and then sound-off in the comments your thoughts, opinions and predictions for the future of Mikhail Grigorneko and the Buffalo Sabres.