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01-05-2013, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Habs4TheCup View Post
So Grigorenko >>>>> Galchenyuk? Here are some points to ponder.
-Grigorenko played slightly better than Galchenyuk yet Gally had more points. Imagine if Gally would have played well.
There are so many things wrong with this I don't know where to start. You do realize how ******** this sounds. Grigorenko outplayed Galchenyuk but if Galchenyuk would have played better he would have outplayed Grigorenko. First you are assuming that Galchenyuk wasn't at his best which you can never prove, sure he has looked better in the OHL, but this tournament is much better competition, maybe his game won't translate, maybe Galchenyuk doesn't do well under pressure. Second you are assuming that Grigorenko couldn't have played better which is wrong.
Originally Posted by Habs4TheCup View Post
-Galchenyuk had 3rd line minutes and played with Barber and Kuraly. Grigo was on the 1st/2nd line with Slepyshev and Kucherov.
Galchenyuk was on the third line because he played like a third line player on the US team. Do you really think he deserved more minutes? He was given similar minutes to Grigorenko against Canada / Russia and didn't do enough with them to encourage Housley to continue playing him more, and rightfully so. Galchenyuk's minutes were a product of his play, plain and simple.
Originally Posted by Habs4TheCup View Post
-How many points would Grigo have gotten on Gally's line? Maybe 3? And Gally on Russia's 1st line? At least 10.
Once again I don't understand how you have come to this conclusion.
Originally Posted by Habs4TheCup View Post
-Galchenyuk was never used in his natural position.
You act as though Galchenyuk hasn't played any wing before (hint: he has, and quite a bit of it in Sarnia.)
Originally Posted by Habs4TheCup View Post
So Sabres fans, keep telling yourself that Grigo is better. Maybe if you dream about it enough, it will come true.
Grigo was the better player this tournament plain and simple, if you want to talk about Galchenyuk more, he has his own thread.

That being said back to the topic of this thread Grigorenko. He showed real flashes of dominance, even beyond that periods of dominance, if this kid puts it all together he is going to put up a ton of points in the NHL, the skill is definitely there. However, I still see some of the concerns that were raised on draft day, his play can be uninspired and lethargic at times, he will disappear for stretches. When this happens he seemed to turn the puck over quite often. He also didn't seem to put up as many points as his play would suggest he should have, at the end off the day the puck ending up in the back of the net is what matters, in such a short tournament it would be reasonable to suggest that his line didn't have good puck luck.

I hope like it doesn't sound like I am being too critical of Grigorenko, the positives have been mentioned enough in this thread that I have mostly ignored them. I guess I just always have tempered expectations for any prospect. People called him the steal of the draft at 12 the day of the day and it is still holding true imo.

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