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Mikhail Grigorenko Heading to Rochester


It appears Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko is on the move again, this time he’s finally heading to Rochester. With Grigorenko’s QMJHL season done after a playoff elimination, Grigorenko will now join the Rochester Americans as they finish off their season and challenge for the playoffs.

By joining the Amerks, Grigorenko will have played for four teams this season since lacing it up for the Buffalo Sabres to

begin the season. He bounced back and forth between the Buffalo Sabres ice and their press box for the majority of the season before a dominate World Junior performance for Russia. Following the World Juniors he was assigned to the Quebec Remparts where he would play the rest of their season.

Grigorenko suited up for 23 games with the Remparts and recorded 39 points during that span. Grigorenko put points up in 19 of his 23 games with the Remparts and finished the season on a tear with 16 points in the last 7 games. In the playoffs with the Remparts Mikhail Grigorenko notched one goal and 8 assists on route to a first round elimination.

Grigorenko laced up for 18 games with the blue and gold this season recording three points and will now finally get to play where he needs to, in the AHL. The Sabres tried to send Grigorenko down to the AHL on a conditioning stint, but the move was blocked by the NHL. It’s believed that a little time in the AHL with the Amerks is just what Grigorenko needs before he is ready to take that step and join the Buffalo Sabres.

Mikhail Grigorenko will turn 20 in May which means he will eligible next season to play in the AHL with his junior career finished. It’s been a crazy season for Grigorenko, now he needs to play hard and help the Amerks battle for a much needed playoff spot. He’s got the skill, now he just needs the work ethic and dedication to play in the NHL.

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  • Mike Flynn

    Hopefully comes in and can have some impact with the amercs

    • Goomzy

      Me to. Grigo will be fine. Regier screwed him up playing him to early. IMO should have let him sit for a year like Girgs. Look how he turned out. UI think Grigo will help the Amerks

  • lee Munn

    I am glad for Roch.. Now we got to sign Locke, Carrier, McCabe & Kea. Plus invite Baptise for play(he will go back next year , but It would not hurt to sign now). They have to get moving now or both Buffalo & Rochester will both be Golfing early.

  • Dano

    I am really surprised his rights werent moved in a trade deal before the deadline.

    • wolfdoctor

      I agree. I think Sabres management desperately wants to part ways with Grigo. Maybe he will be a draft day trade — something like Buffalo’s 2nd round pick and Grigo for a mid 1st round pick (range 8-15).

      • lee Munn

        Boy you 2 have completely given up on this “KID”. He is still 19yrs old.
        Look at Nyquist 1st year@22yrs had 1 goal… 2nd Year@23yrs had 3 goals… Then BOOM!

        Remember this was Darcy’s fault on keeping him up, or else you all would say I cant wait for him to come… Let him have a Year with Roch just like Armia… (Drafted 1 year earlier & you haven’t given up on him.)

        • Dano

          Yes, I sold the ‘ little shit ‘ off after he pulled his ‘ Im not reporting ‘ and agent crap to a brand new GM. Does that show his ‘ hockey intelligence ‘ in the correct picture?

          The kid was supposed to go in the top 5 and fell how far? Themes of ‘ lazy ‘ and not willing to put in effort were about. Grigo made those themes come true, not the scouts. Ive watched him play.. Ill take Stafford or Leino over Grigo.

          Nolan is the coach . Hes ( Grigo ) is on a very short leash IMO as Nolan plays the boys whom put in effort. They EARN their minutes, first round draft picks arent given any special privy.

        • wolfdoctor

          I haven’t given up on him as much as I think the Sabres have. I just think that neither Murray nor Nolan are too fond of him. I’ll be shocked if he is still here 2 years from now.

      • Dano

        Detroit or Washington could use him and he would fit well in their system.