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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%: 22/10 | Average Draft Position: 228.15
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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

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF

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.

9/19/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF

Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Centers Second Line

News: One of Buffalo's best players last year, Zemgus Girgensons is penciled in as the team's second-line center, reports The Buffalo News.
Analysis: Head coach Ted Nolan and the rest of the Sabres staff love Zemgus Girgensons. An excellent two-way player with great wheels, Girgensons was one of Buffalo's more consistent players and was the standout forward for Latvia at the Sochi Olympics. Delivering on their promise to give Girgensons a bigger role, the Sabres are experimenting with him in an offensive role, playing alongside playmaker Cody Hodgson on the left wing and former Habs captain Brian Gionta on the right wing. Girgensons is scratching the surface of his offensive ability after scoring just eight goals in 70 games last year. He's often overlooked because Hodgson and Tyler Ennis are more well-known names in fantasy, but it's possible Girgensons provides better value than both of them this season with faceoff wins and hits, if your league counts them.

5/15/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Leads Latvia Past USA

News: Zemgus Girgensons' strong play at the World Championship continues as he scored his first goal of the tournament and led Latvia to a 6-5 win over USA on Thursday, reports the Detroit Free Press.
Analysis: A true leader in the making and a potential Selke Trophy winner in the future, Zemgus Girgensons continues to impress. The 20-year-old scored the go-ahead goal after a 4-4 deadlock to give Latvia the edge. The goal didn't come easy, either, as Girgensons had to fend off a backchecking defender but still managed to get the puck past Tim Thomas as he was being hauled down. Girgensons was awarded with an 'A' at the end of the season with the Sabres due to his strong work ethic and he continues to fine-tune his game. He's penciled in as the Sabres' number two center next season.

5/10/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF

Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Leads Latvia To Win At Worlds

News: Though Zemgus Girgensons didn't register a point, he was instrumental in Latvia's 3-2 win over Finland on Saturday at the World Championships.
Analysis: At 20 years old, Zemgus Girgensons is already considered one of Latvia's top forwards for his strong two-way play and excellent work ethic. He was a constant presence around the net and made life difficult for Finnish goalie Pekka Rinne. Kristaps Sotnieks' third period goal tied the game up at 2-2 and wouldn't have been possible without Girgensons screening Rinne. Latvia will face Germany on Sunday and Girgensons will be expected to play a big role once again.

4/14/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Scores Eight In Rookie Year

News: Zemgus Girgensons finished his rookie season with eight goals and 22 points in 70 games played.
Analysis: The Latvian center has come a long way since getting drafted out of the USHL just two years ago. Though his numbers aren't sexy, there are plenty of positives for Zemgus Girgensons. First, he was a major force for the Latvian national team in the Olympics, which held its own against a dominant Canadian team in the quarterfinal. His strong two-way play and consistent work ethic also earned him head coach Ted Nolan's trust, which translated in Buffalo, where he quickly became one of the team's most trusted players. His emergence as one of the team's top centers allowed Nolan to move Cody Hodgson to the left wing, which means Girgensons is penciled in as the No. 2 center next season. It's certainly a lot of responsibility, but Girgensons has shown that he plays with the savvy of a five-year veteran, so he should welcome the challenge.

4/8/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Girgensons Scores Two For Sabres

News: Zemgus Girgensons scored both Buffalo goals in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Detroit.
Analysis: The tallies were his first points since returning from a lower-body injury; in fact, he hadn't found the scoresheet since Feb. 28. Still, his 18:11 of ice time in this one -- tops among Sabres forwards -- is worth making note of. Zemgus Girgensons was described as the team's best forward after the game and will be the team's number two center behind Tyler Ennis going forward, since Cody Hodgson has moved to left wing.

3/29/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Returns After 11-Game Absence

News: Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) dressed for Buffalo's loss Saturday night. It was his first game since missing 11 with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: He fired five shots on net, laid two hits and had one takeaway. Get him back into your lineup if he's a regular roll.

3/29/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons To Return Saturday

News: Coach Ted Nolan said Giregensons (lower body) will make his return to the lineup on Saturday.
Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons has been out since March 6 with the lower-body injury. The Sabres in general have been dealing with a lot of injuries of late, so Girgensons' presence in the lineup should provide a nice boost.

3/17/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Girgensons Not Traveling With Sabres

News: Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) will not travel with the Sabres when they begin their five-game road trip Tuesday in Calgary, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons has been out since Mar. 6 with the injury and evidently hasn't made too much progress in his recovery since that time. The Sabres will be without several key players during their westward swing with Chris Stewart, Alexander Sulzer, Tyler Myers and Jhonas Enroth all set to remain in Buffalo.

3/9/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF

Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Out At Least A Week

News: Zemgus Girgensons (lower-body) will be out for at least a week, according to interim coach Ted Nolan.
Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons suffered the injury during Thursday's game against the Lightning and never made it back onto the ice for the third period. The Sabres are still just calling it a lower-body injury with few specifics, but Nolan doesn't anticipate him returning too soon.

3/7/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF

Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons To Sit Friday

News: Zemgus Girgensons (lower body), who was hurt in Thursday's win over Tampa Bay, will not play Friday, reports Paul Hamilton from WGR 550.
Analysis: The win over Tampa was costly as the Sabres lost Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart for Friday's game. The Latvian center was having a good second half of the season, though his production may not show. Cory Conacher and Zenon Konopka are expected to be in the lineup.

3/6/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF

Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Doubtful For Friday

News: Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Panthers, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Sabres coach Ted Nolan described Zemgus Girgensons as "very doubtful," indicating that the 20-year-old forward is a near-lock to miss Friday's game. Hopefully, the Sabres will have an update available either Friday or over the weekend.

3/6/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF

Zemgus Girgensons

Buffalo's Girgensons Leaves Thursday's Game

News: Zemgus Girgensons will not return for the third period of Thursday's game due to a lower body injury, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons boasts six goals and 14 assists during his rookie season, so the Sabres will hope his post-game evaluation doesn't reveal anything serious.

2/27/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF

Zemgus Girgensons

Two Points For Sabres' Girgensons

News: Zemgus Girgensons had a goal and assist in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Bruins.
Analysis: Fresh off a strong showing with Latvia in the Olympics, Zemgus Girgensons got the Sabres off to a quick start in this one, potting the game's first goal less than four minutes into the first period. He would later assist on Matt Moulson's equalizer with 53 seconds left in the third period, extending the game to overtime.

2/18/2014

Zemgus Girgensons, C, BUF

Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Helps Latvia Upset Switzerland

News: Zemgus Girgensons collected an assist as Latvia upset Switzerland, 3-1, to advance to the quarter-finals for a date against Canada on Wednesday.
Analysis: Playing at the highest level of international competition, Zemgus Girgensons played 18 minutes and collected an assist as one of Latvia's top forwards. Coached by Ted Nolan, who is also Girgensons' coach in Buffalo, the 20-year-old center has been impressive, taking key draws and creating offense -- two things that the Sabres hope to see will continue once NHL play resumes. Hopefully, Latvia' strong showing will give Girgensons a big boost in condience, who is one of Buffalo's top prospects.

2/4/2014

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Moves Back To Center

News: After an internal conversation, the Sabres will move Zemgus Girgensons back to center, reports Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550.
Analysis: Nolan, who previously coached Zemgus Girgensons with the Latvian national team, originally played him at center, but moved him to the wing after it was suggested. It's good that the Sabres have now reached a consensus on how to develop the 20-year-old prospect, who has been one of Buffalo's better players this year. Girgensons gives Buffalo more depth down the middle, lessening the pressure on Cody Hodgson and allowing Tyler Ennis to move to the wing. Girgensons doesn't provide much fantasy value on offense, but with the right wingers he can be a good producer. At this moment, the big boost will be his faceoff win totals.

12/11/2013

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Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres' Girgensons Okay After Head Shot

News: Zemgus Girgensons took an unpenalized head shot from Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen on Tuesday, but isn't expected to miss any time.
Analysis: Cowen will have a hearing Wednesday for his hit, which occurred two minutes into the third period. Zemgus Girgensons suffered a concussion last January in the AHL when he took a hit from Richard Panik, but he has not been reported to suffer from any concussion-like symptoms. The Sabres play Ottawa again Thursday to finish off a home-and-home series.

12/9/2013

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Zemgus Girgensons

Girgensons Moves To Buffalo's Top Line

News: Interim head coach Ted Nolan has been pleased with Zemgus Girgensons' play all year and will move him to the top line.
Analysis: The Latvian teenager scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Montreal and will be rewarded for his hard work. Zemgus Girgensons will play right wing alongside Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis, who moves back to center. This is a fantastic opportunity for Girgensons to produce a little more offensively. He's a strong two-way player who rarely takes shifts off and has the ability to create some space for his linemates.