BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW / sabres.com ) In the NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres picked up Zemgus Girgensons and Mikhail Grigorenko.
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He led the Dubuque Fighting Saints in scoring this season registering 55 points (24-31--55) in 49 games. His six game-winning goals were tied for fourth in the United States Hockey League.
• Girgensons has committed to the University of Vermont for the fall of 2012.
• In 2010-11, he finished third overall on Dubuque with 49 points (21-28--49) in 51 games and was selected to the mid-season Western Conference All-Stars. He had eight points (3-5--8) over 11 games in the playoffs helping Dubuque capture the 2010-11 USHL Championship.
• Girgensons represented Latvia at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.
• His first introduction to the North American game was in 2008 through the Selects summer hockey program. In 2009-10, he played for Vermont’s Green Mountain Glades in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.
• He first put skates on at the age of three with his father, Aldis, who had played in Russia’s second league.
In his first season with the Quebec Remparts, he led all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rookies with 45 goals and 85 points (40-45--85) and finished third in the league with eight game-winning goals.
• Grigorenko represented Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championships, recording five points (2-3--5) in six games, helping Russia capture a silver medal. As a member of Team Russia at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships, he led his team to a bronze medal, leading the tournament with 14 assists (4-14--18) in seven games. He also represented Russia at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he scored ten points (6-4--10) in six games and was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
• In 2010-11, Grigorenko collected 35 points (17-18--35) in 43 games while playing for CSKA-2 where he competed against players as old as 22. He was selected second overall in the 2011 CHL Import Draft -- the Remparts traded up twice to secure him.
• Grigorenko first began playing hockey at age five and in the beginning he didn’t enjoy it because “he wasn’t very good”. His brother, Yuri, also played hockey, competing in Russia and Belarus from 2001 to 2006.