With the 2014 World Junior Championships wrapped up and all three Buffalo Sabres prospects coming home with medals, there is a lot to look forward to when it comes to the Buffalo Sabres future.
One could argue that the Buffalo Sabres have one of the most exciting and most promising bag of prospects around. The rest of the league can laugh at the Sabres now, but it’s just a matter of time before the Sabres have all the skills to be competitive once again. Anyways, we can dream about the future later, now it’s time to get back to the present.
All three Buffalo Sabres prospects playing in the World Junior Championship had impressive showings throughout the tournament and one even skated away with a gold medal.
Rasmus Ristolainen played for Finland and not only did he win the gold medal, he himself scored the game winning goal in overtime of the gold medal game. Not a bad moment for Ristolainen eh? The goal could be chalked up as Finland’s golden goal and it was scored by the Buffalo Sabres very own Rasmus Ristolainen, hopefully his poise in overtime of the gold medal game will one day transfer into poise in the NHL. Ristolainen played in 5 games for Finland netting 3 goals while racking up 8 penalty minutes and winning the award for best defenceman throughout the tournament.
Next we’ll move to Nikita Zadorov who skated home with a bronze medal as a member of team Russia. Zadorov finished the tournament with 4 goals and 5 assists and was named to the tournament’s all star team. Zadorov had one of the best showings during the tournament, showing the Sabres what he’s capable of doing. Seeing Zadorov play this well is good to see.
Finally we have the mysterious Mikhail Grigorenko who alongside Nikita Zadorov brought home a bronze medal with team Russia. Grigorenko won his second bronze medal and his third medal at the tournament this year and for the most part he did a solid job performing throughout. He racked up 5 goals and 8 points throughout the tournament on way to being named one of Russia’s top 3 players.
All three players looked very solid playing against players their own age, but which player were you most impressed with? Did you get to see any of the games?