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Buffalo Sabres’ Mikhail Grigorenko to Report to Juniors After All

January 13th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
Buffalo Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko is dong as he's told after all and will report back to juniors this week.
 
The 19-year-old Russian had originally balked upon getting the news the Sabres were returning him to the Quebec Remparts. He's said Saturday he would take time to consider his hockey future instead.
 
'023-001 // Moe's Hot Players Grigorenko, Ehrhoff and Ennis (10/8/2013)' photo (c) 2013, grilled cheese - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
 
That consideration didn't take long. The Sabres confirmed Sunday that he would report to Quebec, where he gained a reputation as a flashy scorer before the Sabres drafted him in the first round in 2012.
 
The Sabres may have stunted his development some by elevating him to the NHL last season. They ended up returning him to juniors after 25 games, and he played 18 more this season before being benched and loaned to Russia for the IIHF World Junior Championship. He's seen mostly fourth-line minutes on those occasions he played.
"Junior hockey's a good place to develop," said Sabres coach Ted Nolan, who spent years coaching in Canada's junior ranks.
Because Grigorenko is young enough to still have junior eligibility, he can't play for the Rochester Americans per AHL rules.
Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, Mikhail Grigorenko, NHL, Quebec Remparts, Rochester Americans, Russia, Ted Nolan

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