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Mikhail Grigorenko C
Height/Weight: 6-3/211 | Birthdate: 5/16/1994 | Birthplace: Khabarovsk, Russia | Team: Colorado Avalanche | College: None | NHL Experience: 2 | Salary: $925,000 | Owned/Started%: 8/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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6/26/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Grigorenko Shipped To Colorado On Friday

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was traded to Colorado on Friday along with Nikita Zadorov, J.T. Compher, and the 31st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: This is interesting. Mikhail Grigorenko, who is a restricted free agent, has threatened to bolt to the KHL if he doesn't receive a one-way contract. The Sabres were refusing to give him one and as a result, he was shipped to Colorado. It remains to been seen if Colorado will be willing to meet his demands. Grigorenko was a huge prospect when he was drafted in the first round in 2012, but he has struggled massively during the 25 games that he has played in the NHL. The KHL offer that Grigorenko has in hand is almost certainly more lucrative than the one the Avalanche are going to offer him, so it's entirely possible that he still bolts back to Russia.

6/18/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Contract Talks Stall Between Sabres, Grigorenko

News: Mikhail Grigorenko and the Sabres have not made any progress in regards to a contract extension, reports The Buffalo News.
Analysis: The Sabres want to re-sign Mikhail Grigorenko to a two-way contract, but the 68-game NHL veteran prefers a one-way deal. The KHL is a very realistic option at this point, especially with the Sabres ushering in Sam Reinhart and potentially Jack Eichel, should they draft the Boston U product at the 2015 NHL Draft. It seems as though Grigorenko will only return if he gets a big role with the big club, and that seems unlikely at this point. His fantasy value is zilch for next season if he bolts for Russia.

6/14/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko May Sign With KHL

News: Mikhail Grigorenko could be mulling a move to the KHL, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Analysis: The Sabres fumbled this one. A first-round pick in 2012, Mikhail Grigorenko was rushed into the NHL, and because he played 25 games in his rookie season, will become a restricted free agent at just 21 years old this summer. Over the past three seasons he's played sparingly for the Sabres, appearing just 68 contests and registering 14 points. It's believed that Grigorenko is looking for a one-way extension, something that the Sabres aren't willing to give. The Sabres will quality Grigorenko and retain his rights, but the KHL is offering a more lucrative offer, and perhaps a bigger role on one of their teams. The talented Russian center's future with the organization and the team is in doubt, as the team already has Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart in the fold, and will likely draft another center in Jack Eichel at the 2015 NHL Draft. Grigorenko is seen as a very high-risk, high-reward player for the 2015-16 season, but that will be a moot point if he does indeed bolt to the KHL.

4/13/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Officially Demote Grigorenko

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was assigned to AHL Rochester on Monday.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko finishes his third stint with the Sabres with six points in 25 games. Over the past three seasons, Grigorenko has appeared in just 68 NHL games and scored only 14 points, but due to eligibility rules, he'll become a restricted free agent this summer at just 20 years old. The Sabres are looking to add Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the draft and already have Sam Reinhart in the mix, which casts some doubt about Grigorenko's future with the club. He's got tremendous upside, but hasn't exactly seen eye to eye with the organization at times, though a strong finish with Rochester should pump up his stock a little. It's unlikely the Sabres will relinquish his rights when he still possesses so much potential, but nothing's for certain until Grigorenko puts pen to paper. The former 12th overall pick has 33 points in 40 games with Rochester this season.

4/12/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres To Reassign Grigorenko

News: Mikhail Grigorenko is in line to head to AHL Rochester, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 AM reports.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko is thus on track to finish out the campaign in the minors, getting in some more action before Rochester's season comes to a close. Grigorenko, who recorded three goals and six points in 25 games for the Sabres, has notched 33 points in 40 AHL contests to date.

3/24/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Notches Assist Against Dallas

News: Mikhail Grigorenko snapped a five-game pointless streak with an assist in Monday's 4-3 loss to Dallas.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko played 19 shifts and 16:07, four more minutes than Saturday's game against Nashville and nearly double Friday's game against the Devils. Despite the assist, the talented Russian scorer won just 27 percent of his faceoffs and didn't register a single shot on goal, so there's a lot of room for improvement. Skating on the second line with Brian Gionta, who had two goals Monday, Grigorenko has an opportunity to score with the Sabres playing the Coyotes twice and the Leafs and Avs once each over the next four games. It's a good bet that Grigorenko will collect a few more points over the next few games, but his inconsistency presents a huge risk.

3/20/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Bring Up Grigorenko From AHL Rochester

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was recalled from AHL Rochester on Friday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: With the Sabres sending Tim Schaller back to Rochester in a corresponding move, it appears likely that Mikhail Grigorenko will enter the lineup right away Friday against the Devils as the team's third-line center. The 2012 first-rounder has largely failed to make an impact during his previous stints with the big club earlier this season, accruing two points and 13 shots on goal across 13 games. The Sabres remain high on his future potential, but don't expect Grigorenko to pay any immediate dividends while the team plays out the string on another dreadful season.

3/12/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Vows To

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was heavily criticized by head coach Ted Nolan during his latest call-up and realizes he has to improve his consistency and play, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.
Analysis: The talented Russian center has taken in the criticism, but also felt that his play wasn't "that bad." A former first-round pick, Mikhail Grigorenko has been called up five times this season, but has failed to snag a roster spot each time. Currently in the AHL, Grigorenko has vowed to finish the season on a strong note in the hopes of staying with the team. If another Sabres player goes down with an injury, Grigorenko may get another chance, but it's clear he's not ready to be a full-time NHL player. His fantasy upside remains high, but it won't be realized this season.

3/10/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Patience With Grigorenko Running Thin

News: The Sabres have been displeased with Mikhail Grigorenko's play this year, casting his future with the team in doubt, reports The Buffalo News.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko was demoted to the AHL following a poor game Friday against the Senators, with Nolan criticizing him for "lackadaisical" play and expressed genuine shock at how a player with so much talent can squander golden opportunities to play in the NHL. Truth be told, Grigorenko's path to the NHL has been turbulent, and the Russian center has yet to remain with one team for an entire season. Grigorenko's fantasy value this season is now shot, since it doesn't sound like the Sabres will be calling him up anytime soon barring an injury or suspension.

3/9/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Grigorenko In Sabres' Doghouse Again

News: Head coach Ted Nolan said Mikhail Grigorenko's recent performances have been "lackadaisical," and had other choice words at Monday's practice, reports Paul Hamilton of WGR 550.
Analysis: Nolan didn't mince any words in his critique of the embattled young star, noting that Mikhail Grigorenko lacks "energy or urgency in his game whatsoever" and that he "didn't like his play." The Sabres are frustrated that such a talented player like Grigorenko can play so dispassionately, especially with the amount of skill he brings. Nolan indicated that there were internal discussions about keeping Grigorenko around, but he hasn't played well enough to warrant a roster spot. Grigorenko was an emergency call-up for Zac Dalpe (personal) but was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Saturday. If Johan Larsson and Phil Varone perform well, Grigorenko may not get another look until next season. He's not worth adding in fantasy leagues until he gets consistent playing time, but he is a high-risk, high-reward player for the next few years.

3/7/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Send Grigorenko Back To AHL

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Saturday.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko was only recalled by the Sabres on an emergency basis, after Zac Dalpe temporarily left the team to attend to a personal matter. With Dalpe now back in the fold, Grigorenko will be required to head back to the minors, but expect the 20-year-old to get another look with the parent club before the season draws to a close.

3/6/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Giving Grigorenko Extended Look

News: Mikhail Grigorenko may stay as the Sabres' No. 2 center for the rest of the season, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko scored just two points in a previous 12-game stint with the Sabres, but with the team short on veteran bodies, coach Ted Nolan will be counting on the talented Russian to shoulder the offensive load. Grigorenko's upside is tremendous but he lacks inconsistency and plays on a poor team. The points will trickle in, but the peripherals won't look very good. Grigorenko is also just returning from a knee injury, so a wait-and-see approach is best for now.

3/5/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Recall Grigorenko For Scoring Role

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was called up from AHL Rochester on Thursday and is expected to step in as the team's No. 2 center, reports Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Mikhail Grigorenko did not dress during his last call-up but was rewarded with an opportunity after scoring a goal against Utica in the AHL. With the Sabres short on options at center, Grigorenko will be tasked to provide a scoring role as the team's No. 2 center behind Phil Varone. Grigorenko and Varone were leading scorers for AHL Rochester and should see most of the team's offensive opportunities going forward. The talented Russian forward is inconsistent and it's advised to stay away from him until he starts producing. Head coach Ted Nolan has put Grigorenko on a short leash in the past. Whether that has changed now remains to be seen.

3/4/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Demote Grigorenko

News: Mikhail Grigorenko was re-assigned to AHL Rochester, reports Kevin Oklobzija of The Democrat and Chronicle.
Analysis: Well, that was short. Mikhail Grigorenko's stint with the Sabres lasted just one game, and he didn't even play, sitting out as a healthy scratch Tuesday against Tampa Bay. With top center Zemgus Girgensons (fractured ankle) out of the lineup, Grigorenko was in position to take the spot, but head coach Ted Nolan opted for Phil Varone instead. Grigorenko may move between the NHL and AHL a few more times this season.

3/3/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres To Sit Grigorenko On Tuesday

News: Mikhail Grigorenko, recalled from AHL Rochester earlier in the day, will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game at Tampa Bay, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The Sabres had to call up three forwards Tuesday in the wake of the team's Monday sell-off, but the other two will get a chance to play in this one while Mikhail Grigorenko waits his turn. That will likely come soon for the talented center - who's had his ups and downs with the organization in his young career - as the team has little to play for other than to start lining things up for next season.

3/3/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres Recall Grigorenko

News: The Sabres recalled Mikhail Grigorenko from AHL Rochester on Tuesday.
Analysis: With forwards Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn having been dealt by the team at the NHL trade deadline, the Sabres have recalled the trio of Mikhail Grigorenko, Tim Schaller and Jerry D'Amigo. Grigorenko has recorded just two points in 12 games with the big club to date this season, but if the ice time is there for him down the stretch, the 20-year-old could carve out some deep-league fantasy utility. The Sabres are without top center Zemgus Girgensons and had been using Mitchell in that spot, but now that both are unavailable, Grigorenko will likely slide into the role of a top-six forward. His has tremendous upside given his talent, but the Sabres are a weak squad that won't score very often.

2/26/2015

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, COL

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, COL

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, COL

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, COL

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, COL

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, COL

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, COL

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, COL

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, COL

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.