Just to be clear, Grigorenko can play five games without burning an ELC year in this shortened season. If he plays in 6+ games, he'll burn a year, but anything less and he won't. Anyways, the Sabres had a scrimmage earlier tonight on their second day of camp. Grigorenko wore #25 in white in the following clips and centered Leino and Ott.
He beats Miller glove-side 0:15 in, but catches iron.
He has a breakaway 0:20 in, but Ehrhoff pressures and Miller stops his deke. He also one-times an Ott pass at the 0:42 mark, but Miller saves again.
He has a chance at the 0:07 mark, but can't get the Leino cross-crease pass out of his feet. He also tried to beat Miller blocker-side in his shootout attempt at 1:05, but was denied.
Seem pretty good right now. Ruff seems to like what he's seeing ("He didn't look like a junior player out there" re: Monday's scrimmage; he's also said he "moves well" and "looks big").
I feel fairly certain he'll at least get his 5 game try-out.
He was the best White player in the scrimmage last night. Most chances, most zone time for his line, second best hit (he topple Weber during a late forecheck behind the Sabres net). If he keeps that up, the 5-games are a lock and probably more.
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That's certainly pushing it, though I hope you're right and it not be because Ennis and Hodgson take steps back. The kid needs to prove he can play through it in the NHL before we can say he's better than two young guys who have proven themselves NHL-worthy in "middle 6" line roles.
LOL @ Leino in the shootout. Christ he's terrible.
Were you there for the whole thing? I know its the easy thing to rip on the guy, but I actually came away quite pleased with how he played. He did screw up the shootout, but outside of that he was pretty good last night. He wasn't terrible at all... Grigorenko's good play was definitely partly a result of Leino.
Regier already stated that he doesnt care about burning a year. He stated that if Grigorenko makes the Sabres a better team then he will stay up. IMO there is little question that he makes them a better team.
Coach Lindy Ruff likely won’t reveal the Sabres’ plans for first-round pick Mikhail Grigorenko until Friday, when teams must have their rosters set by 5 p.m.
Still, questions about Grigorenko’s status will be asked all week.
So, Lindy, will he receive the five-game trial available for junior players?
“It’s too early to say,” Ruff said this afternoon following practice inside the First Niagara Center. “He had a good scrimmage (Monday). He had a good practice. Obviously, you like his hands. So far, his compete inside practice drills is good. His compete (Monday) was good. So there’s a lot of things to like about what he’s done so far.”
Ruff said the 18-year-old center has “come a long ways.”
“Even from a year ago,” he said. “I think even from the start of the year until now he’s grown as a player. There are two schools of thought with that. It’s put him in play or make sure that he’s ready.”