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.