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For a kid who didn't speak English as of last summer, he's got a pretty solid grasp of the language in the last 10 months. It shows his dedication.

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For a kid who didn't speak English as of last summer, he's got a pretty solid grasp of the language in the last 10 months. It shows his dedication.
Eh, he learned functional English in less than a year, played through bad ankles and mono . . . . probably lazy . . . because he's Russian.


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Eh, he learned functional English in less than a year, played through bad ankles and mono . . . . probably lazy . . . because he's Russian.

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For a kid who didn't speak English as of last summer, he's got a pretty solid grasp of the language in the last 10 months. It shows his dedication.
Seriously, it's already better than guys like Malkin and Semin (who didn't do an English interview until last summer).
Remarkable that ten months ago he needed a translator when he arrived in Québec City.

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06-22-2012, 10:45 PM
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Seriously, it's already better than guys like Malkin and Semin (who didn't do an English interview until last summer).
Remarkable that ten months ago he needed a translator when he arrived in Québec City.
Here's hoping that 11 other teams didn't do their due diligence, and Grigorenko is Buffalo's Couturier.

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I watched the draft at my buddies. When Forsberg began to fall, I was excited only because I knew that meant Faksa was falling. Devine's comments about the Russians had me thinking they were shying away from Grigorenko completely.

When 12 rolled around and I knew they had Faksa in their pocket, I was actually shocked (not in a bad way at all) that they took Grigorenko. I was ecstatic.

He's going to play in this league next year. Frankly, I want him playing next to Pominville for the entire season. It'd do Grigorenko good playing next to a consummate professional such as Jason.

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06-22-2012, 10:50 PM
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Here's hoping that 11 other teams didn't do their due diligence, and Grigorenko is Buffalo's Couturier.
Sounds like that may be the case, as the scouting staff did their due diligence and found nothing to be scared of.

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I watched the draft at my buddies. When Forsberg began to fall, I was excited only because I knew that meant Faksa was falling. Devine's comments about the Russians had me thinking they were shying away from Grigorenko completely.

When 12 rolled around and I knew they had Faksa in their pocket, I was actually shocked (not in a bad way at all) that they took Grigorenko. I was ecstatic.

He's going to play in this league next year. Frankly, I want him playing next to Pominville for the entire season. It'd do Grigorenko good playing next to a consummate professional such as Jason.

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I don't think he should play in the league full time next season.
Maybe a tryout, but not the whole season.

I want him to win a Q championship next year (really hard for me to say when I love the Mooseheads so much).

Now we need Anthony Duclair next year, Grig's linemate in QC.

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I watched the draft at my buddies. When Forsberg began to fall, I was excited only because I knew that meant Faksa was falling. Devine's comments about the Russians had me thinking they were shying away from Grigorenko completely.

When 12 rolled around and I knew they had Faksa in their pocket, I was actually shocked (not in a bad way at all) that they took Grigorenko. I was ecstatic.

He's going to play in this league next year. Frankly, I want him playing next to Pominville for the entire season. It'd do Grigorenko good playing next to a consummate professional such as Jason.

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I was at HS Graduation at Kleinhan's. When i got the notice that Buffalo selected M. Grigorenko I went "holy ****" I hope he plays next year maybe not full time but enough to get a good taste.. I can see this guy now!

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Sounds like that may be the case, as the scouting staff did their due diligence and found nothing to be scared of.

I don't think he should play in the league full time next season.
Maybe a tryout, but not the whole season.

I want him to win a Q championship next year (really hard for me to say when I love the Mooseheads so much).

Now we need Anthony Duclair next year, Grig's linemate in QC.
JFB, you've seen him a ton more than I have (and I actually watched a nice amount of his games online this year), so I've got to ask, where do you think his game has to improve/why do you think he shouldn't play in the NHL full-time next year?

Physically, he's there. He's got a great hockey IQ. Does it just come down to the N.A. game and playing on one team?

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JFB, you've seen him a ton more than I have (and I actually watched a nice amount of his games online this year), so I've got to ask, where do you think his game has to improve/why do you think he shouldn't play in the NHL full-time next year?

Physically, he's there. He's got a great hockey IQ. Does it just come down to the N.A. game and playing on one team?
I'd like to see him add some more strength and I'm not sure if he'll be fully recovered from mono yet.
Plus, he made great strides under Roy and I'd like to see him get pushed to even greater heights.

When he came over here, he was a one dimensional offensive player.
Roy made him into a two-way center without sacrificing the offense.

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06-22-2012, 11:07 PM
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btw, this kid has a wingspan of 77.75 inches.
That's six and a half feet.

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For a kid who didn't speak English as of last summer, he's got a pretty solid grasp of the language in the last 10 months. It shows his dedication.
Perhaps more than that it shows his natural intelligence -- something that shone through to me in watching his interviews ... and that's THROUGH that very same English. While intelligence doesn't necessarily lead to hockey IQ, I think it's always something to value in a person and is good to have in a group of people.


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So stoked. SO STOKED.

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WGR interview: http://podcast.wgr550.com/wgr2/3531103.mp3

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06-22-2012, 11:27 PM
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Guys, we found Miller's successor:


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He has good taste, too.

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06-22-2012, 11:32 PM
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I still remember the last practice with Briere/Drury. They threw Drury in net and shelled him to have some fun.

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Kid gives a great interview. And his english is phenomenal for learning it as short a time ago as he did.

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Also, I think I said it really early on this year, but his stick is like an extension of his body.
Everything he does with it looks so natural and easy.

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I can definitely see him making the team.... Trying to temper my expectations, but man oh man am I excited for him....

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TV story from March on Grigorenko from Top Prospects in Kelowna

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I can definitely see him making the team.... Trying to temper my expectations, but man oh man am I excited for him....
Great to see in Preseason. I'll probably get some cheap preseason tix to watch the guy

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I can't believe we got this guy at #12.

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Kid was compared to Yakupov, had an injury and mono, and suddenly scouts say his work ethic etc. sucks?

K, NHL, we'll take him at #12, and this (IMO) could turn out to be the best 1st round Buffalo's had in the last 20 years.

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