Mikhail Grigorenko returned to Buffalo after winning bronze at the World Junior Championships alongside Nikita Zadorov for Russia with high hopes of sticking around. But as of today Mikhail Grigorenko joins Nikita Zadorov in the junior leagues. Zadorov of course is playing in the OHL for the London Knights while Grigorenko will be returned to Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL.
The Buffalo Sabres had two options for their young Russian; either play him somewhere in the line-up- preferably a top 2 line or send
him back to play with the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL. Clearly they chose the easiest route by sending him away once again. It’s a tough situation for both player and team with Grigorenko needing some seasoning in the AHL before full-time action in the NHL, but he is forbidden from the AHL due to age.
Even with a new GM in town, Grigorenko still drew the short straw as Ted Nolan refuses to play him and other rookies this season while the Sabres pursue the first overall pick.
The likelihood of Grigorenko getting good quality ice time with the Sabres this season has been pretty slim from the beginning and there is always the argument he hasn’t earned it. Right now the best and safest place for Grigorenko seems to be the QMJHL, while Mikhail may not like it it’s probably the best option.
I really think Grigerenko should be back in Quebec…. Was just ok at World juniors. Had flashes but not consistent #Sabres
While Grigorenko was solid at the World Juniors he wasn’t as dominate as one may have hoped. He produced at a point/goal per game rate but didn’t show consistency or the type of dominance a player in his 3rd World Junior tournament should be showing. Let alone a player ready for the NHL. If he can’t dominate and lead team Russia at the World Juniors what says he can be a contributor to the Sabres this season?
Has Mikhail Grigorenko been given a fair ride by the Buffalo Sabres since being drafted, no not all. One could say the organization has completely mismanaged the kid. By once again sending him back to the QMJHL the Buffalo Sabres have burned a 2nd year off his entry level contract and after next season Grigorenko will become a RFA. With the KHL calling who says he’ll stay?
The Buffalo Sabres made the decision to send Grigorenko back to Quebec but was that the right one? Where do you believe Mikhail Grigorenko should be playing right now; with the Sabres or in Quebec where he is currently heading?
* Please note the AHL was not option because the Sabres can’t send him there right now and giving you that option would be a copout*