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07-13-2012, 01:12 PM
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Sabres sign Zemgus Girgensons

http://blogs.burlingtonfreepress.com...er-catamounts/

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The University of Vermont mens hockey team sustained an enormous loss Friday when incoming recruit Zemgus Girgensons decided to sign with the Buffalo Sabres.
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Girgensons expressed his gratitude for Sneddon and UVM, saying, I would like to thank Coach Sneddon and his staff for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to play for UVM. This was a very difficult decision for me to say the least.

I always felt that the NCAA was the best way for me to develop on and off the ice. After attending the Buffalo Sabres camp, and learning their plans for me, I feel I am ready to begin my professional career, Girgensons said. I will always be thankful for what the coaching staff has done for me as well as the current players. I love UVM, the community, and the fans. I will always be a Cat, and will always cheer for UVM.
He is eligible to play in the AHL because he was drafted out of the USHL and not the CHL.

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How many 18/19 year olds were there in the AHL last year? it's pretty rare isn't it.

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How many 18/19 year olds were there in the AHL last year? it's pretty rare isn't it.
Yep, it's rare and players succeeding after being forced into that situation are even more rare.

This is an awful decision from the Sabres unless he's going to Kelowna.

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Who owns his CHL rights? He's probably better served playing a year in the CHL before making the jump.. I mean, the USHL to AHL is pretty steep.

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How many 18/19 year olds were there in the AHL last year? it's pretty rare isn't it.
The guy's head is in the right place, he's no average 18/19 year old both physically and mentally. I would have preferred he went to Vermont, but IMO he can handle the rigors of the AHL. Throw him on the top line with good talent and see how he does. Ruff and Regier think this is the right choice, his coach at UVM thinks it's the right choice, scouts before the draft said he is AHL ready at the very least. I think they know better than a couple of HF posters.

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Oh man, I hope this means he's Kelowna bound. I could do with seeing some Girgensons live this year!

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I would imagine he'd be pretty disappointed if he signed a pro contract only to not make the pros and rule out any chance of playing for Vermont at the same time.

Add in his distaste for the Rockets...

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Didn't Voinyov do this? he's the only one that springs to mind.

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I would imagine he'd be pretty disappointed if he signed a pro contract only to not make the pros and rule out any chance of playing for Vermont at the same time.

Add in his distaste for the Rockets...
I don't know if there's really a distaste for Kelowna but rather a distaste for them seemingly attempting to poach him from Dubuque during last season.

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I don't know if there's really a distaste for Kelowna but rather a distaste for them seemingly attempting to poach him from Dubuque during last season.
Either way, he's not going to play for the Rockets. If he does go to the WHL next year, Kelowna is going to have to trade his rights.

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Either way, he's not going to play for the Rockets. If he does go to the WHL next year, Kelowna is going to have to trade his rights.
Has this actually been reported somewhere or are you just assuming it?

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Has this actually been reported somewhere or are you just assuming it?
He's not going to play for them. There are many articles stating how he felt like they disrespected him.

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/juniorhoc...rhockey,wp3171

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I don't know if there's really a distaste for Kelowna but rather a distaste for them seemingly attempting to poach him from Dubuque during last season.
That's basically what I meant. I remember reading about him goofing on them on Twitter or some such. Point is, he seems to really want to play for Vermont and this closes that door. To give that up to go to a particular place he doesn't want to be, well, it would appear he feels he's a lock for the Amerks.

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He's not going to play for them. There are many articles stating how he felt like they disrespected him.

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/juniorhoc...rhockey,wp3171
Notice the date that was published (November 1st, 2011).
That was when Kelowna was stating that he'd be on their team by the time he got back from the WJC, which he'd obviously be offended by.

Show me something post draft that closes the door on Kelowna and I'll give up hoping that they'll develop him correctly, but until then..

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Seems silly to not even let him play one season there.

I wish nothing but the best for him (mostly because Latvians have the best names in the world), but I don't understand this at all.

If Kelowna trades his rights and he's willing to play elsewhere in the CHL then my concerns are lifted.

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He will be the Sabres 3rd line center next year. We really have nothing to lose, not like were going to contend for the cup or anything next year. We are 2-3 years away from truly contending.

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Is he still eligible for Hogwarts next season? I wonder if he'll get into Slitherin or Griffindor?

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He will be the Sabres 3rd line center next year. We really have nothing to lose, not like were going to contend for the cup or anything next year. We are 2-3 years away from truly contending.
Yeah, except for Girgensons as a legitimate top prospect when we rush him into the NHL and destroy him.

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when will he be in the nhl?

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Ron Rolston's entire career has been as a youth coach, so i think that's why the Sabres are okay with sending him to Rochester. That, and the fact that everything that has been said about him he's not a typical 18 year old maturity wise.

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Didn't Voinyov do this? he's the only one that springs to mind.
He did jump to the AHL right after being drafted but he already had 67 games in the Russian top league (nowdays KHL) under his belt. So obviously he had experience playing with men and the Kings management thought that he can handle it.

Girgensons does have the size but still i would assume (and hope) that they plays in Kelowna for 1 season.

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