Sabres sign top pick Grigorenko

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM EDT

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Sabres sign top pick Grigorenko

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW.com/Sabres) Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the team has signed forward Mikhail Grigorenko to a three-year, entry-level contract.


Grigorenko (6’3”, 200 lbs., 5/16/94) was selected by the Sabres with the 12th overall pick in the first-round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was the third-ranked North American skater and top North American center on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. The native of Khabarovsk, Russia is Buffalo’s highest forward selection since they took Thomas Vanek with the fifth overall pick in 2003.


In 2011-12, Grigorenko scored 85 points (40+45) while picking up just 12 penalty minutes for the Quebec Remparts in his first QMJHL season. He led all first-year players in the league in goals and points, and was second in regular-season assists. Despite only playing in 59 games, Grigorenko’s 40 goals and 85 points tied him for fifth and eighth place, respectively, among all players in the league.



"First I was really excited when they draft me. Next step is to sign a contract. Now I sign. Next step is to make the team in play in the NHL", said Grigerenko on Wednesday. GM Darcy Regier says he'll get every opportunity to earn a spot on the Sabres roster "With respect to any player that we put under an NHL contract it is our belief that they will and have the ability to play in the NHL at some point", said Regier. "In Mikhail's case it will be driven by him. Driven by training camp and exhibition games".

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