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28 Zemgus Girgensons C
Height/Weight: 6-1/190 | Birthdate: 1/5/1994 | Birthplace: Riga, Latvia | Team: Buffalo Sabres | College: None | NHL Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 18/3 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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4/1/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Unlikely To Return This Season

News: Zemgus Girgensons (ankle) isn't likely to return to game action over the Sabres' final six games of the season, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Things have been trending in this direction for a while, as there's simply no incentive for the Sabres to rush Zemgus Girgensons back into active duty from a serious ankle injury while the team remains at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. With close to a full offseason to recover from the injury in a timely fashion, Girgensons should be back to full health well in advance of training camp.

3/5/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres Not Optimistic Girgensons Will Return

News: Coach Ted Nolan wasn't optimistic when asked Thursday about Zemgus Girgensons' (ankle) chances of returning this season. "With that type of injury, you're hoping to see him, but realistically, I'm not too sure if we will," Nolan said. "It depends on the length of the injury, how [many] games we have left. If we have two, will you risk his rustiness getting hurt again?"
Analysis: With the Sabres in full-blown tank mode, there's little incentive to bring Zemgus Girgensons back from injured reserve even if he's closing in on full health in the final weeks of the season. As such, it makes sense that the team would take it slow with his rehab to avoid the risk of potentially aggravating the injury heading into the summer. The Sabres' lone All-Star representative, Girgensons showed some encouraging production despite the dearth of talent surrounding him, compiling 15 goals and 30 points over 61 games. Assuming that he indeed ends up being shut down for the season, Girgensons should still return in 2015-16 with a top-six role in hand.

2/26/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres Move Girgensons To IR

News: Zemgus Girgensons (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Analysis: By moving Zemgus Girgensons to IR, the Sabres were open up a roster spot for one of their two forward call-ups, Zac Dalpe and Philip Varone. Girgensons is expected to be sidelined from multiple weeks with the injury, but is projected to return before the end of the season.

2/26/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Should Play Again This Season

News: Coach Ted Nolan relayed Thursday that Zemgus Girgensons (foot/ankle) should return to action by the end of the season.
Analysis: While the report suggests that Zemgus Girgensons' injury is not a minor one, it's evidently not as bad as had been feared, thus opening the door for a possible return at some point before the season concludes. At this stage though, no estimated timetable for Girgensons' return has been offered by the Sabres, so he could still be out for multiple weeks. Phil Varone and Zac Dalpe were called up from the AHL, while Brian Flynn has taken Girgensons' spot on the team's top line.

2/25/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres May Lose Girgensons For Remainder of Season

News: Zemgus Girgensons, who left Tuesday's game against Columbus after taking a shot to his right ankle, may be out for the season, the the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons left Tuesday's game after blocking a shot by James Wisniewski, and although the official diagnosis has yet to be done, head coach Ted Nolan said that he's concerned and will be crossing his fingers because it "doesn't look very good." If Girgensons ends up being out for the year, expect a call-up from Rochester, perhaps center Mikhail Grigorenko or Phil Varone.

2/24/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Scores, Leaves Game Early

News: Zemgus Girgensons' goal in the first period was his 15th goal of the season but did not finish the Sabres' 4-2 win over Columbus Tuesday after blocking a shot.
Analysis: With a goal and an assist against Columbus, it gives the Latvian all-star 30 points on the season. His 15th goal was also his third shorthanded goal, which moves him into a tie for second place in the league behind Rick Nash and Tyler Toffoli who have four apiece. Unfortunately, Zemgus Girgensons took a shot from the hard-shooting James Wisniewski and left the game and did not return. The official prognosis has not been made, but it's believed to be a long-term injury.

2/24/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Suffers Lower-Body Injury

News: Zemgus Girgensons was removed from Tuesday's win over the Blue Jackets after appearing to suffer a foot injury upon blocking a shot, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons wasn't able to put much pressure on his right skate after leaving the ice and was wheeled into the Sabres' locker room. The team didn't provide an update on his condition beyond ruling him out of the game, so he'll retain a day-to-day label for the time being. Prior to his exit, he provided a shorthanded goal and assisted on Chris Stewart's power-play tally.

2/20/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Able To Return

News: Zemgus Girgensons was able to return to Friday's game against the Rangers.
Analysis: After going to the locker room to be checked out by Buffalo's training staff, Girgenson was able to return to Friday's contest against the Rangers. Girgenson has tallied 27 points through 58 games with the Sabres this season.

2/20/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Exits With Injury

News: Zemgus Girgensons left Friday's game against the Rangers with an injury, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: It appeared as though Zemgus Girgensons suffered the injury after being hit awkwardly into the boards by Dan Girardi. The severity of the injury, and whether or not Girgensons will be able to return to Friday's contest is unclear at this point in time. The team should update his status in the coming days.

2/7/2015

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF Sabres' Girgensons: Four Points In Last Five Games

Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons: Four Points In Last Five Games

News: Zemgus Girgensons scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Stars. The goal stood as the winner.
Analysis: He has four points (one goal, three assists) in his last five games. He continues to grow his game and it won't be long before he becomes one of the team's leaders -- on the scoreboard and in the dressing room. Patience, grasshopper.

1/31/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Establishes Points Streak

News: Zemgus Girgensons picked up an assist in Friday's 5-2 loss to Vancouver.
Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons now has assists in two consecutive games and four points in his past five games. He skated 23:24 against Vancouver, the most of any forward on either team. He's one of Buffalo's best players and, along with Tyler Ennis, should really be the only Buffalo players worth considering in fantasy. Girgensons has a bright future ahead of him but is held back playing on a mediocre team. He has already established a new career-high this season with 24 points.

1/21/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres Want Girgensons To Learn At All-Star Game

News: The Sabres are hoping Zemgus Girgensons can pick up a few pointers during his trip to the All-Star Game.
Analysis: Head coach Ted Nolan wants Zemgus Girgensons, the Sabres' lone representative in Columbus, to soak up the experience and see if he can pick up anything from watching guys like Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. The 21-year-old center was voted into the game by fans, who has become a national hero in his native Latvia. The Sabres' best forward all year, Girgensons has a bright future ahead of him as a potential No. 2 center who plays a strong two-way game. Girgensons could enter next season as the Sabres' top ranked player in fantasy.

1/17/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Gets Two Goals In Loss

News: Zemgus Girgensons snapped an eight-game point drought with a two-goal performance Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: He's on pace to deliver more than 20 goals his season. Consistent scoring has been a struggle for all of the Sabres and he's no different. His future is bright, but there will be short-term fantasy pain in his game.

1/13/2015

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Named To All-Star Game

News: Zemgus Girgensons was named to the 2015 All-Star Game as Buffalo's lone representative.
Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons garnered over 1.5 million votes and will join five Blackhawks players as players voted in by the fans. Outside of Buffalo, Girgensons isn't as well-known as he should be, but that should change soon. A gritty, two-way player who fought his way onto the top line after starting the season on the third line, the 2012 first-round pick is already a hero in his native Latvia, where most of the votes came from. It's an impressive feat and he figures to be one of Buffalo's top players, both this season and in the future. He has 11 goals and 20 points in 43 games this season.

12/30/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Gets Goal In Loss

News: Zemgus Girgensons potted a goal on one of his five shots in Monday's loss to the Senators, but won only seven of his 21 faceoffs.
Analysis: The 20-year-old Latvian probably isn't deserving of his league-leading All-Star vote total, but he's otherwise enjoying a credible second NHL season. Despite a lack of talent surrounding him, Zemgus Girgensons has 20 points and leads the Sabres with 11 goals over 37 games, while sporting a plus-1 rating on a team that's six games under .500.

12/11/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Has Two Points In Win

News: Zemgus Girgensons scored a goal and an assists in a 4-3 win over Calgary on Thursday.
Analysis: Buffalo's top line is clicking with Zemgus Girgensons, Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis combining for seven points on the night. The Latvian hero is getting more and more headlines as the season goes on. We've been a fan of his play for quite some time, but only now has he really been producing offensively. For leagues that count faceoffs, Girgensons also provides some added value. Still, because center is such a deep position Girgensons shouldn't be considered a key fantasy player.

12/3/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Point Streak Goes To Three For Sabres' Girgensons

News: Zemgus Girgensons potted his eighth goal of the season in Tuesday's shootout win over the Lightning.
Analysis: After the Sabres were held off the board for the game's first 56 minutes, Zemgus Girgensons sent the game to overtime by finishing off a rebound at the 3:54 mark in the third period. The second-year forward, who was surprisingly announced Tuesday as the leader in the fan voting for the NHL All-Star Game, ranks second on the Sabres with 14 points.

11/21/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Friday's Game Postponed For Sabres, Girgensons

News: Zemgus Girgensons and the Sabres had their scheduled game Friday against the Rangers postponed due to the extreme weather conditions in the Buffalo area, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Though the Sabres were able to complete Tuesday's game against the Sharks when the snowstorm wasn't at its worst, some parts of the region have now received up to six feet of snow, making travel unsafe and extremely difficult. No make-up date has been announced yet for the game, but appears the Sabres remain on track to head to Washington for Saturday's game.

11/17/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF Girgensons Remains On Sabres' Top Line

Zemgus Girgensons

Girgensons Remains On Sabres' Top Line

News: Playing alongside right winer Tyler Ennis and left winger Matt Moulson, Zemgus Girgensons will be the Sabres' permanent No. 1 center for the foreseeable future, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: We've been Zemgus Girgensons fans for a very long time and now it's paying off. As creative as Ennis is, he's undersized at center and prefers the wing anyway, and Girgensons has the requisite size and two-way smarts to cover for him and Moulson. The trio has scored 14 points in three games playing as a unit and is head coach Ted Nolan's favorite and most reliable line. It's almost a lock that Girgensons will score 20 goals now and leagues counting face offs will have that bonus too. The Latvian forward is worth keeping an eye on.

11/15/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF Sabres' Girgensons: Another Two-Point Game

Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons: Another Two-Point Game

News: Zemgus Girgensons scored twice in Buffalo's 6-2 win over Toronto on Saturday night. He has picked up two points in each of his last two games.
Analysis: Don't look now, but Zemgus Girgensons has six points, including four goals, in his last five games and seven in his last seven. He had put up just three points in his first 12 games of the season. He's working hard, but the Sabres are awful, so don't expect him to maintain this kind of pace this season. Maybe in a few years, but certainly not now.

11/13/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Girgensons Contributes Two Points For Sabres

News: Zemgus Girgensons assisted on the Sabres' first goal and scored the second, helping to chase Darcy Kuemper from the net, in Thursday's loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: Although Zemgus Girgensons only has eight points in 18 games this season, four of them have come in the last four, so he's at least warming up a bit. While his offense remains sparing, he gains some extra value in formats that count hits, as he's racked up 44 of those so far.

11/8/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF Sabres' Girgensons: Three Points In Last Four

Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons: Three Points In Last Four

News: Zemgus Girgensons scored the Sabres' only goal in a 6-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.
Analysis: He has a point in each of his last two games and three (one goal, two assists) in his last four. He's still struggling with his faceoff percentage overall, but he looked great in the circle Saturday (10 for 13). We're not prepared to say this is an official hot streak, but he's warming up and that means he's worth monitoring. The Sabres' system is loaded with talented prospects and Zemgus Girgensons doesn't possess the most high-end skill, but he'll get his ice time under head coach Ted Nolan, who also coaches Girgensons on the Latvian national team. On a team that struggles to score, Girgensons is one of the team's most reliable and consistent players, so he might the only Sabre forward worth taking a shot on right now.

10/11/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Scores In Consecutive Games

News: Zemgus Girgensons scored in his second straight game in a 6-2 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Analysis: At this rate, head coach Ted Nolan will have to play Zemgus Girgensons much more than his current average of 15 minutes. One game after being promoted to the second line, Girgensons was Johnny-on-the-stop off an Andrej Meszaros rebound in the first period to put the Sabres on the board. The Sabres allowed 40-plus shots for the second straight game and good fantasy players generally don't come from bad teams, but Girgensons is a name to keep for the future.

10/10/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Promoted

News: Zemgus Girgensons has moved up to the second line to play with Cody Hodgson and Brian Gionta, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Head coach Ted Nolan said Zemgus Girgensons was their best player in their season opener against Columbus, scoring the lone goal in a 3-1 loss. This is good news for Girgensons and fantasy owners who are keeping an eye on the Latvian Olympian. The Sabres believe he has more offense to offer despite being billed as a two-way player and he'll get the chance to shine with Hodgson and Gionta. Girgensons takes Sam Reinhart's spot, as Reinhart will be dropped to the third line with Marcus Foligno and Chris Stewart. Girgensons played a little over 15 minutes in the season opener but with an expanded role and strong performances, he could creep close to 17 or 18 minutes a game. The Sabres are taking a wait-and-see approach with their young players, but there's no doubt Girgensons is already one of their best players.

10/9/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Girgensons Scores Sabres' Lone Tally In Loss

News: Zemgus Girgensons scored the Sabres' only goal in a 3-1 loss to Columbus on Thursday, and named the second star of the game.
Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons mustered two shots on net and won eight of 15 faceoffs despite playing just 15:19. The Sabres believe Grigensons has more to offer offensively and will be putting him in scoring situations a lot more, so they're off to a good start. But the Sabres tested Sergei Bobrovsky just 22 times and had trouble generating offense against a stout Columbus defense, so goals may be hard to come by again this year. Girgensons is a player to watch for the future but has limited fantasy value.