Top draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko apparently won't play for the Buffalo Sabres this season even if there actually is a season.
A newspaper in Quebec reported the Sabres have decided to keep Grigorenko with his junior team, the Quebec Remparts, for the duration of 2012-13. He'd been considered a contender for one of the Sabres' center spots this season, but the club apparently decided to give him a full season of seasoning there instead of forcing him through what would be an abbreviated training camp and compressed season, assuming the lockout ends.
The 18-year-old Russian was the first of two first-rounders Buffalo took in the 2012 draft. He signed an entry-level deal this past summer but was optioned to juniors rather than Rochester when the lockout began.
Grigorenko has 29 goals and 21 assists in 30 games, good for eighth in scoring in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He's also competing for Russia in the World Junior Championships going on now in Russia.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL