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04-11-2013, 04:30 PM
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As a Buffalo fan that has been following Grigorenko very closely since before the 2012 draft, I gotta admit I'm worried. Reasons why:

-Buffalo Sabres writer hearing "He's not the hardest worker"
-His skating needs a LOT of work
-95 percent of the time he looked lost on the ice in the NHL
-For being 6'3 200 pounds, he doesn't use his size to his advantage at all - I didn't see him fight for a puck once in the NHL.
-Had a 3 game pointless streak in the playoffs recently, it was broken with their last game, but shouldn't he be dominating at that level?

I understand he didn't play with great linemates. I understand he was the youngest player in the NHL. Those are circumstances that he can't control. He had a couple of flashes this year, but they were far too few for my liking. I'm not saying I'm a professional scout or anything, but I've considered it a hobby of mine for a little while now. I like to think I have some degree of success when predicting a players future in the NHL. Right now, as much as it kills me to say, I do not believe Grigorenko will ever be a 1st or even 2nd line NHL center. Unless there is a major turn around in his game, I'm predicting his career as a 35-40 point 3rd line center.

There are some things that are just not coachable. The hardest part about figuring out if a prospect is going to be successful or not is figuring out if the problems in a player's game can be coached or can become better with some training. It is my belief right now that the problems in Grigorenko's game will not become better with coaching or training.

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