Mikhail Grigorenko




Mikhail Grigorenko, RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 191

Born: 1994-05-16

Hometown: Khabarovsk, Russia

Drafted: 2012 by Buffalo Sabres, 12th overall







July 2016 – Grigorenko has signed a one year deal to stay with the Avs and avoid arbitration, garnering a significant raise from his previous deal. Considering his success in the top-six at the end of last season, all signs point to him getting the chance to build on it. His 27 points last season should be the minimum expectation going forward given the rotisserie of linemates and spots in the lineup he had last year; a breakout season could be upcoming if he maintains a stable position alongside one of Colorado's top centermen. Hayden Soboleski 


October 2015 – Grigorenko has made the Avalanche roster for the 2015-16 season, but has been a scratched 13th forward in every game so far. Injuries or poor play by teammates will eventually get him into the lineup, but he will have to produce when that happens to hold on to whatever spot he can get. His potential is still high if he gets a chance in the very talented top-six as his skill level was evident in training camp and preseason (and most of his career so far). Hayden Soboleski


July 2015 – Grigorenko finished a lackluster 2014-15 campaign with six points (three goals, three assists) in 25 games with the Sabres. Given his limited number of appearances (25), ice time (15 minutes/games) and powerplay time (1 minute/game), Grigorenko’s skill didn’t get a chance to shine often under coach Ted Nolan, who “didn’t like his play” and thought his game “didn’t have any energy or urgency”. Under a new coaching staff with an established positive relationship (Roy coached Mikhail in the QMJHL for two years with great success), expect more opportunities for Grigorenko’s talents to be utilized next year, where he could be a contributing member of the Avalanche’s top-nine forwards. Hayden Soboleski


June 2015 – As part of the package that brought Ryan O'Rielly to the Buffalo Sabres, Mikhail Grigorenko, along with JT Compher and Nikita Zadorov, was shipped to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange. There have been circling rumours that Girgorenko has been considering returning to Russia to play in the KHL after struggling to earn a role with Buffalo over the past few seasons. Stay tuned for updates. Brendan Ross


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