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25 Mikhail Grigorenko C
Height/Weight: 6-3/209 | Birthdate: 5/16/1994 | Birthplace: Khabarovsk, Russia | Team: Buffalo Sabres | College: None | NHL Experience: 2 | Salary: $925,000 | Owned/Started%: 13/1
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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.

10/13/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Back In Lineup

News: Mikhail Grigorenko will return to action Saturday in Chicago after a one-game benching for poor play, WGR550.com reports.
Analysis: The struggling prospect won't center one of the top two lines, so with zero points through four games he's best left on the bench for now in all but the deepest of leagues.

10/10/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko To See Pine

News: Mikhail Grigorenko is expected to be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets, according to John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
Analysis: Things were trending that way with the struggling Mikhail Grigorenko seeing less and less ice time lately, and coach Ron Rolston doesn't sound too thrilled with his effort on the ice or with some of his habits. There's still plenty of upside here, but for now he should remain on your bench. We'll see how he takes to sitting in the press box next time he gets a chance.

10/10/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF Sabres' Grigorenko Struggling Early

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Struggling Early

News: Mikhail Grigorenko has yet to register a point through four games and is averaging just 11:24 of ice time per game.
Analysis: The first-rounder from 2012 still holds tons of promise, but he's struggling early not just in the scoring department but in how he looks out there on the ice nearly at all times. The Sabres will likely stick by him, but he's not going to increase that ice time until he starts to show some confidence. Even though Mikhail Grigorenko is a keeper-league must, he should definitely be on your bench right now until things turn around.

9/26/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Sabres' Grigorenko Productive Wednesday

News: Mikhail Grigorenko tallied a goal and an assist in the Sabres' win over Columbus on Wednesday.
Analysis: All signs point to a more clear path to playing time for the talented young pivot this season, whose performance Wednesday including a plus-2 rating, four shots on goal and a team-high 56 percent win rate in the faceoff circle.

7/4/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Mikhail Grigorenko: Expected To Remain In NHL In 2013-14

News: Mikhail Grigorenko is slated to stick with the Sabres for the duration of the upcoming season, reports Jon Vogl of The Buffalo News.
Analysis: The young pivot is still ineligible to play in the AHL, and the Sabres clearly consider it unproductive to return him to his junior team in the QMJHL. Mikhail Grigorenko had five points in 25 games during his rookie season in Buffalo and remains an attractive option in keeper leagues.

4/26/2013

Mikhail Grigorenko, C, BUF

Mikhail Grigorenko

Grigorenko Busy in Buffalo Win

News: Grigorneko led all Buffalo players with six shots on goal in Friday's shootout win over the Islanders. He did not record a point in the loss.
Analysis: Grigrenko was expected to contribute much more offensively than he did this season. He's still a budding player and will be relied up on to be one of the team's top playmakers next season. The good news is that he won't have as high of a pricetag next season despite his ridiculously high skill level. Definitely remember his name in keeper leagues.