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01-13-2013, 11:52 PM
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Sullivan: Grigorenko deserves to go pro

But there was no mistaking him on the ice. The gifted ones always catch your eye. This is an extreme parallel, but as Grigorenko glided along the ice, it reminded me of the first time I saw Mario Lemieux, a big man who skated so effortlessly he barely seemed to be trying.

He looks big out there, Lindy Ruff said after the Sabres finally opened practice at the First Niagara Center.
The Hecht signing could mean that Grigorenko is ticketed for another year in juniors. That would be typical of an organization that becomes infatuated with its own players and is often too slow to elevate promising young players to the parent team.

Grigorenko is too good to spend another year in juniors, playing against boys. No doubt, his game needs polish. He has to mature. But if the Sabres want him to learn how to compete against men, they should allow him to learn alongside them at the NHL level.

Let the guys on the big club nurture and school him. The best way to adapt to the physical challenges of the NHL is to do it against NHL competition.

If Im with them every practice, I can learn so much stuff on the ice and off the ice, too, Grigorenko said.

He might help them win, too.

The NHL is evolving. Teenagers can have an impact these days. Four of the top eight selections in the 2011 draft played a full season in the NHL.
Do you agree? Should we take a chance and keep him? Are we a bit behind the curve in terms of letting teenagers play?

Or should we send him back, let him have a full, fresh rookie year next year?

Either way, five game tryout is nonsense. Whatever the decision ends up being, the five games wouldn't be a good barometer.

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