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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%: 11/1 | Average Draft Position: 234.11
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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

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

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.

11/26/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Like Grigorenko's Game

News: Interim head coach Ted Nolan said he likes what he's seeing from Mikhail Grigorenko so far, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: This is good news for the talented Russian teen. He's on a line with Zemgus Girgensons and Luke Adam, as Nolan said that skating with players closer to his age and ability will help Mikhail Grigorenko get more comfortable. Rather than toiling on the fourth line and sitting out games on a regular basis, Grigorenko is getting consistent playing time with quality linemates. His offensive production is still uneven, but there's more urgency in the Sabres' play recently, and he could be on the verge of another big game, like his two-goal effort against Anaheim. The Sabres playing Montreal on Wednesday, then the Leafs and Devils in a back-to-back set Friday and Saturday.

11/21/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Will Play Thursday

News: Mikhail Grigorenko will play Thursday against the Flyers, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Because Mikhail Grigorenko is just 19 years old, he was not allowed to go on a conditioning assignment to AHL Rochester. After Grigorenko reminded head coach Ted Nolan that he hasn't seen him play yet, Grigorenko will play against the Flyers. Nolan promised the talented Russian that he'll get a good look, which means Grigorenko will be placed in situations where he can be successful rather than toiling on the fourth line as he did under Ron Rolston. With an optional skate Thursday morning, Grigorenko's linemates are still to be determined.

11/20/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

NHL Rejects Sabres' Assignment Of Grigorenko

News: Mikhail Grigorenko (illness) is back with the Sabres after the NHL rejected his conditioning assignment to AHL Rochester on Tuesday, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Only players who are 20 years old can be sent down to the AHL, unless they were drafted from the European leagues. Mikhail Grigorenko, 19 years old and drafted out of the QMJHL, was ruled ineligible for AHL play by the NHL. Reports indicate that Grigorenko was ill, but details are unclear. The Russian teenager can be re-assigned back to the Quebec Remparts, but the Remparts already have the maximum of two import players and are unwilling to part with either. It's likely that Grigorenko will stay with the Sabres for the entire season, but he's not slated to play Thursday against the Flyers. The lack of playing time is hurting his conditioning and his development. Though his talent is undeniable, he's not worth of fantasy consideration until his future with the Sabres is clearer.

11/19/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Send Grigorenko On Conditioning Assignment

News: Mikhail Grigorenko has been feeling ill of late and was sent to AHL Rochester on a conditioning assignment Monday, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko has been seeing inconsistent playing time recently and has two goals and one assist on the season for the Sabres. The illness isn't considered significant, as the main motive behind the move to the AHL is for the young forward to see some regular playing time and work back to full speed to find his touch on offense.

11/15/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Scratched Friday

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was a healthy scratch for Friday's game against Toronto.
Analysis: This is noteworthy because it's the first game of the Ted Nolan Era, Part II, and the new coach has picked his initial lineup sans Mikhail Grigorenko. Nolan is known for getting the most effort out of his players, but he's also pretty intolerant over guys who can't keep up. Based on some of Grigorenko's struggles winning over the previous regime, the talented Russian may need to go all out to make a good impression on his new coach. That said, if he learns to listen to Nolan, Grigorenko is just the type of skilled player that could become productive under Nolan's preferred style of up-tempo, exciting play.

11/8/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Scores Two In Loss

News: Mikhail Grigorenko scored his first and second goals of the season in a losing effort as the Sabres fell 6-2 against the Ducks on Friday night.
Analysis: The Sabres didn't have much of a chance as the Ducks improved to 7-0-0 at home. On a night when the Sabres' top two lines couldn't generate much offense, it was Mikhail Grigorenko who scored both of the team's goals. Grigorenko displayed quick hands, scoring off his own rebound after Cody McCormick forced a turnover from behind the Ducks' net, and then showed why the Sabres made him a first-round pick by sniping a wrist shot past a sprawling Frederik Andersen for his second goal. Grigorenko played 12 minutes against the Ducks, a little more than his average, but there was plenty of ice to go around with Buffalo's top line getting benched for most of the game. However, the Sabres need goals, and if Grigorenko continues this type of production head coach Ron Rolston will have no choice but to play him.

11/8/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Will Play Against Ducks

News: Ville Leino will be a healthy scratch Friday night against the Ducks, which means Mikhail Grigorenko will draw in.
Analysis: The talented Russian teenager has just one assist in 13 games this season and gets a chance to show off his offensive ability with Leino being a healthy scratch. Mikhail Grigorenko has been in head coach Ron Rolston's doghouse and has toiled on the fourth line for much of the season due to his struggling work ethic, but he has an opportunity to stay in the lineup if he can compete every shift and create some offense for the goal-starved Sabres. Grigorenko will likely take Leino's place on the fourth line and play alongside Cody McCormick and Drew Stafford.

11/1/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Moves To Left Wing

News: After a one-game promotion to the third line, Mikhail Grigorenko, the talented Russian scorer, has been moved back to the fourth line to play on the left wing with Cody McCormick at center and Patrick Kaleta on the right wing, reports Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Sabres fans continue to bemoan head coach Ron Rolston's treatment of Mikhail Grigorenko, the 12th overall pick in 2013 who is expected to challenge Cody Hodgson as the team's number one center in the future. Grigorenko's lack of effort in practices and games has been duly noted by everyone, but scorers can't score when they're playing fourth line minutes with offensively limited players like McCormick and Kaleta. It looks like it'll be a tough season for Grigorenko. An assignment back to the QMJHL is possible, but the Sabres would end up wasting the second year of his entry-level contract. He also can't be assigned to Rochester because he was drafted out of the CHL and played less than four years of junior hockey. At this point, it really looks like Grigorenko won't be of any relevance in fantasy this year, but keep an eye on him because he's immensely talented and a player to watch for future keeper drafts. Ville Leino, dropped from the second line in favor of the returning Corey Tropp, will vie for a fourth line spot with Kaleta while Drew Stafford moves up and competes with Brian Flynn for the third line right wing spot. Final lines will be revealed prior to Saturday night's game.

10/30/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Promote Grigorenko To Third Line

News: Mikhail Grigorenko has been moved up to the third line at the Sabres' practice Tuesday morning.
Analysis: The Russian scorer was too talented to keep toiling on the fourth line and moved up a spot and now centers Zemgus Girgensons and Brian Flynn on the "kid line." This move doesn't mean Mikhail Grigorenko has head coach Ron Rolston's confidence yet, but it is a good sign. The Sabres continue to struggle as Rolston mixes up the lines to find a spark. Perhaps playing with better linemates will bring out Grigorenko's vaunted offensive game, or at least bring out enough to cover up some of his defensive errors. Swedish utility player Johan Larsson gets dropped to the fourth line to play with Cody McCormick and Drew Stafford. Proceed with caution with Grigorenko as he slowly plays himself into fantasy relevance.