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25 Mikhail Grigorenko C
Height/Weight: 6-3/211 | Birthdate: 5/16/1994 | Birthplace: Khabarovsk, Russia | Team: Buffalo Sabres | College: None | NHL Experience: 2 | Salary: $925,000 | Owned/Started%: 10/1 | Average Draft Position: 241.41
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2/26/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko To Play Friday

News: Mikhail Grigorenko (knee) is expected to return Friday, reports Matthew Coller of WGR 550.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko hasn't played since injuring his knee against Syracuse on Jan. 30. If not for the bum knee, Grigorenko would've been a likely candidate to receive a call-up to Buffalo due to injuries to Zemgus Girgensons (ankle) and Tyler Ennis (lower body). Instead, Girgensons will remain with AHL Rochester until he gets back up to speed. The talented Russian center will be fighting for a regular lineup spot next year.

2/10/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Nears Return

News: Mikhail Grigorenko (lower body) is ready to start skating, reports Rob Sanderson of FOX Sports 1280.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko is currently with the Rochester Americans of the AHL, but has been one of Buffalo's top options for minor league call-ups. As the Amerks' top center, Grigorenko should be able to provide some offense, but it's likely he'll stay in the AHL to get back into shape before the Sabres make their move. The young Russian is a marginal fantasy asset this year, but should be an NHL regular next season.

2/3/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Prospect Grigorenko To Miss Two Weeks

News: Mikhail Grigorenko (knee) is expected to miss the next two weeks, Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko suffered the injury while playing for Rochester in Friday's game against Syracuse. The young center struggled in multiples stints with he parent club this season, but has played impressively for Rochester, netting 10 goals and 20 assists over 37 games.

1/30/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Suffers Lower Body Injury

News: Mikhail Grigorenko suffered a lower body injury during Friday's game with Rochester (AHL). He'll miss Saturday's game, and be evaluated again Sunday, Amerks' play-by-play announcer Rob Sanderson reports.
Analysis: While the 20-year-old has been quiet over 12 games in Buffalo this season, he's been active with Rochester, having tallied 30 points (10 G, 20 A) through 36 contests in the AHL. For now, consider him day-to-day until the Sabres reveal the results of his evaluation Sunday.

1/10/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Gets Reassigned

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Saturday.
Analysis: The 2012 first-rounder has been largely invisible during his 12 games with the Sabres this season, registering one goal and an assist while mustering just 12 shots on goal. The Sabres view him as a vital piece of their future, but it looks like he's better served with more development time in the minors at this stage.

1/7/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Gets On Scoreboard

News: Mikhail Grigorenko potted his first goal of the year -- a power-play tally -- in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Devils.
Analysis: It's just his second point in 10 games this season, and it came on his only shot of the game. But it's a good sign for the future that Grigrenko's playing solid minutes (15:11 in this one) and getting power-play opportunities.

12/28/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Bring Back Grigorenko

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was recalled from AHL Rochester on Saturday, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The Sabres will only get a few of their injured forwards back in time for Saturday's game against the Islanders, leaving a lineup spot open for Mikhail Grigorenko. The former first-round pick has one point in his previous four games with the Sabres, but did collect three helpers in his most recent game with Rochester.

12/24/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Assign Grigorenko To AHL

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was assigned to AHL Rochester of Wednesday.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko has played in the last four games for the Sabres, notching his first career point Tuesday against the Red Wings. With the impending return of multiple Sabres' forwards Saturday against the Islanders, Grigorenko will head back to the AHL and await his next opportunity.

12/24/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

First Point Since Return For Sabres' Grigorenko

News: Mikhail Grigorenko notched his first point of the season Tuesday, collecting an assist in a 6-3 loss to the Red Wings.
Analysis: He'd gone scoreless with a modest four shots on goal in his first three games post-recall, and though he only put a single shot on net Tuesday, Mikhail Grigorenko skated more than 17 minutes and saw 53 seconds of action on the Sabres' lone power play. The book on Grigorenko has been that he's spectacularly talented, but unable to put it all together, but he's just 20 years old, so keeper-league owners shouldn't be giving up on him.

12/20/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Recall Grigorenko

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was recalled from AHL Rochester on Saturday morning, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko had just made his season debut Tuesday for the Sabres before being shuttled back to Rochester thereafter. With Buffalo still dealing with a few injuries, Grigorenko will rejoin the Sabres and most likely assume a lineup spot for their two weekend games, but it's unknown how long he'll stick with the team beyond that. The 20-year-old has registered seven goals and 19 points over 29 games in the AHL this season.

12/17/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabers Send Grigorenko Back To Rochester

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was sent back to Rochester of the AHL on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko played his first game for the Sabres this season in Tuesday's loss to the Jets. With the team off until Saturday, either Torrey Mitchell will be back from injury by then, or this gives Grigorenko a chance to sneak in another AHL game ahead of possibly being needed again for the weekend. Although the first-rounder has struggled in his early NHL career, he made some nice strides over the summer and almost made the team out of camp. It's good that he seems to have set himself up to be the first or second choice when the Sabres need a forward.

12/15/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Set To Recall Gregorenko

News: Mikhail Grigorenko will be recalled by the Sabres in advance of Tuesday's game in Winnipeg, Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat & Chronicle reports.
Analysis: With Torrey Mitchell exiting Monday's game with a lower-body injury, the Sabres are hurting for depth at the center spot. Mikhail Grigorenko has seven goals and 12 assists to go with 21 penalty minutes for AHL Rochester this season.

10/6/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Reassign Grigorenko

News: The Sabres reassigned Mikhail Grigorenko to AHL Rochester on Monday, Grigorenko's agent Jay Grossman reports.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko recorded two goals and an assist in 18 appearances with the Sabres last season, but he'll start this year in the AHL. The Russian center looked much better in training camp and the preseason than in previous years. Over the past two years Grigorenko has struggled, in part because the previous management regime had no idea what to do with the talented but inconsistent former first-round pick. The Sabres acquired a few veterans during the summer, which pushed Grigorenko out of the picture, but there is no doubt he will be back with the Sabres at some point this season. He will be one of Rochester's top scoring options and will likely play alongside Finnish sniper Joel Armia.

9/28/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Scores In Loss To Leafs

News: Mikhail Grigorenko scored two goals, one in regulation and one in the shootout, as the Sabres fell 3-2 to the Leafs on Sunday.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko led all forwards with 24:56 of ice time and won 48 percent of his faceoffs. The talented Russian is having a good camp and turned in a fantastic performance against Toronto, pulling off "The Forsberg" shootout move against Jonathan Bernier. Though Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons are penciled in as the team's top two centers, Grigorenko's strong play could make the coaches think twice. Grigorenko doesn't have to clear waivers to be sent down to Rochester, which is something to keep in mind as well.

9/19/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Pair Grigorenko With Armia

News: Mikhail Grigorenko will open camp on a line with Joel Armia, reports The Buffalo News.
Analysis: Though Mikhail Grigorenko and Armia represent two of Buffalo's most offensively gifted players, neither can be expected to play with the Sabres this year. Grigorenko is coming off a rough two-year stretch after playing on three separate teams and Armia is coming off a tough rookie season hampered by a wrist injury. The Sabres have more experienced players to rely on for scoring and Brendan Lemieux, the line's third player, is not expected to make the team either. However, Grigorenko and Armia should form a dynamic duo in the AHL, and if both players perform beyond expectations they will both earn call-ups at some point during the season.

4/23/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Now Full-Time AHL Player

News: Having played for four teams in each of the past two years, Mikhail Grigorenko will stay with AHL Rochester for the forseeable future, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: The embattled junior hockey star had many ups-and-downs this season. His questionable work ethic had some observers already doubting his ability to play in the NHL, despite being drafted just two years ago. Mikhail Grigorenko was assigned to the AHL earlier this year, but the move was blocked by the NHL because players drafted from the CHL are not allowed to play in the AHL until they're 20 years old. With the Amerks, Grigorenko has been a steady contributor and drawn rave reviews from head coach Chadd Cassidy. The slick Russian center is considered to be one of the world's most talented young forwards, but has gone through a lot of growing pains. It's unlikely that Grigorenko will be a full-time Sabre next year, but staying in one place for an entire season should certainly help his development. The Amerks play their first playoff game Friday against the Chicago Wolves in a best-of-five series.

3/31/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Heads To AHL

News: With his junior season with the Quebec Remparts complete, Mikhail Grigorenko is headed to AHL Rochester, the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko, who played in 18 games with the Sabres earlier this season, notching three points, racked up 39 points in 23 games during his stint with Quebec. The 19-year-old forward will now try to help Rochester secure a playoff spot as the team's regular season slate winds down.

1/12/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Accepts Assigment, Finally

News: Mikhail Grigorenko, who initially refused his recent assignment to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, decided late Sunday night that he will accept Buffalo's decision and will return to juniors, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko really wanted to stay in the NHL after having a successful World Juniors tournament for Russia (13 points), but the blunt truth is that his effort and all-around game aren't quite at an NHL level yet and he had little choice here but to accept the Sabres' decision, even though he's probably still upset about it.

1/12/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Refuses Assignment To Juniors

News: Mikhail Grigorenko's agent confirmed Saturday that the center won't report to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL after the Sabres reassigned him to the club earlier in the day, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: It looks like there's a little bit of friction between the promising 19-year-old and the team brass, with interim coach Ted Nolan stating that the center was a "little bit upset" with the demotion but that the new assignment was "non-negotiable." The relationship is certainly reparable between the two sides, so perhaps with a meeting between both parties, a more modest compromise can be reached. In any case, it would seem unlikely that the Sabres back down and allow Mikhail Grigorenko to return to the big club, after he's provided just three points in 18 games this season.

1/11/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Assign Grigorenko Back To QMJHL

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was not on the ice for the Sabres' morning skate on Saturday and will be sent back down to juniors, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Despite leading Russia to gold with eight points in seven games at the World Junior Championships, Mikhail Grigorenko was still criticized for effortless play. He was reportedly unhappy about the re-assignment, and felt that his strong showing in the tournament showed how much further his game has developed. Because he is returning to the Quebec Remparts after the QMJHL trade deadline, the team will be allowed to go over the usual maximum limit of two import players.

1/9/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Rejoins Team

News: Mikhail Grigorenko has been recalled by the Sabres, but won't play Thursday against the Panthers, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: It's still unclear whether the Sabres intend to keep Mikhail Grigorenko with the parent club for good, but they'll keep him on hand as a healthy scratch Thursday with Ville Leino looking like he could return to the lineup. Grigorenko has just three points over 18 games with the Sabres this season, and interim coach Ted Nolan recently suggested that the young forward would benefit from more time at the junior level.

1/6/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Grigorenko's Future With Sabres In Doubt

News: Despite leading Russia to a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships, it's unlikely that Mikhail Grigorenko will finish the year in the NHL, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko scored five goals and eight points in seven games to lead Russian scorers, but still can't escape criticisms of lazy, indifferent play. Interim head coach Ted Nolan still doesn't think Grigorenko is ready for the NHL, and "leaning" towards an assignment back to the QMJHL. The Sabres will discuss Grigorenko's future and make their decision then. If he is returned to the QMJHL, it will end a tumultuous season for the talented Russian scorer. He will be in the final year of his entry-level contract next year with just 43 games of NHL experience.

1/4/2014

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Named One Of Russia's Best

News: Russia was eliminated Saturday by Sweden in a 2-1 loss, and Mikhail Grigorenko was named one of Russia's three top players in the tournament.
Analysis: The boost in production and confidence is just what Mikhail Grigorenko needed after struggling all season in Buffalo. He scored four goals and seven points in six games, playing on a line with top scorers Anton Slepyshev and Pavel Buchnevich. The Sabres are banged up at the moment, including first line center Cody Hodgson. The hope is that Grigorenko can ride some of that momentum back into the NHL and help the offensively starved Sabres score some goals.

12/5/2013

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Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Loaned To Russia For WJC

News: The Sabres have loaned Mikhail Grigorenko to the Russian men's national junior hockey team.
Analysis: The Sabres were considering a couple options with Mikhail Grigorenko, but settled on sending him back to Russia for the World Junior Championships. It creates room for Cody McCormick (upper body), who's set to return Thursday following a two-week absence. Grigorenko has averaged less than 12 minutes of ice time in his 18 games this season.

12/4/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Considering Options With Grigorenko

News: Cody McCormick will return to the lineup Thursday and the Sabres will need to make room for him, which means Mikhail Grigorenko could be returned to the QMJHL, reports The Buffalo News.
Analysis: Previously, the Sabres tried to alleviate their roster logjam by attempting to send Mikhail Grigorenko to the AHL, but their request was denied by the NHL because the former first-round pick is still a teenager. There's the possibility of loaning Grigorenko to the Russian national team for the World Juniors, but no one has approached him about the opportunity. The Sabres could also send him back to the Q, but the Remparts don't seem to have space for him. If the Sabres want to keep Grigorenko with the big club, one of Brian Flynn, Jamie McBain or Brayden McNabb could be reassigned to Rochester. A decision will come before Thursday's game.