Mikhail Grigorenko

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Mikhail Grigorenko
Mikhail Grigorenko 2013-10-05.JPG
With the Sabres in 2013
Born (1994-05-16) May 16, 1994 (age 20)
Khabarovsk, Russia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2012
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2010–present

Mikhail Olegovich Grigorenko (Russian: Михаил Олегович Григоренко; born May 16, 1994) is a Russian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Born and raised in Russia, Grigorenko moved to North America in 2011 and joined the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. After one season in Quebec he was selected twelfth overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by Buffalo. He made his NHL debut with the Sabres in 2013. Grigorenko was also selected by CSKA Moscow in the first round (8th overall) of the 2011 KHL Junior Draft.[1] Grigorenko represented Russia at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament where Russia finished second.

Playing career[edit]

Mikhail Grigorenko (25) in the center celebrating a goal with Quebec Remparts' teammates
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2014 Malmo
Bronze 2013 Ufa
Silver 2012 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championships
Bronze 2011 Germany


In June 2011, Grigorenko was selected second overall in the CHL Import Draft by the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.[2] NHL Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, the owner, general manager and head coach of the Remparts, liked Grigorenko so much that he traded up in the Import Draft in order to select him.[3]

Grigorenko played in 59 games during the 2011–12 season, his first in North America, and recorded 40 goals and 45 assists for 85 points. He led all rookie players in the QMJHL in goals and points, and was second for assists. He also finished fifth overall in goals scored and was tied for eighth overall for points while playing the fewest games of any player who was in the top ten in points.[3]

On March 20, 2012, Grigorenko was nominated as the top professional prospect to play in the QMJHL during the 2011–12 season.[4]

The 2012–13 NHL lockout meant that Grigorenko started the season back with the Remparts, where he played 32 games and recorded 50 points during the season prior to the lockout ending in January. At the time he was leading the Remparts and fifth in the QMJHL with 29 goals, and his 50 points were second on the team.[5]


When the lockout ended in January, he was invited to the Sabres training camp, where he made the roster for the start of the season.[6] After playing five games with the Sabres, the team decided to keep Grigorenko for the remainder of the season rather than send him back to the Remparts; had they done so it would not have counted as a year on his entry-level contract.[7] On January 29, 2013 Grigorenko scored his first career NHL goal against James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs.[8]

After 22 games with the Sabres, where he recorded one goal and four assists, Grigorenko was reassigned to the Remparts on March 15, 2013.[9] Grigorenko went on to lead the Remparts in playoff scoring with 14 points in 11 games, before being recalled by the Sabres on April 16, 2013. [10]

After starting the 2013-14 season with the Sabres, the team sent Grigorenko back to juniors on January 11, 2014. He reported to the Remparts several days later after initially refusing to do so.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Grigorenko was born in Khabarovsk, located in the Russian Far East near the border of China. His older brother, Yuri, also played hockey, and spent five seasons in the minor leagues of both Russia and Belarus.[3]

In 2011, after being selected by the Remparts in the CHL Import Draft, Grigorenko moved to Quebec City with his mother and Yuri.[3] While he initially didn't understand English, Grigorenko took classes five days a week with a Russian teacher and by the end of the season he was able to conduct interviews in English without the aid of a translator.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Krasnaya Armiya MHL 43 17 18 35 22 10 1 4 5 4
2011–12 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 59 40 45 85 12 11 3 7 10 4
2012–13 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 33 30 24 54 8 11 5 9 14 0
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 25 1 4 5 0
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 2 1 3 2
2013–14 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 23 15 24 39 6 5 1 8 9 6
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 9 0 4 4 0 5 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 43 3 5 8 2


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Russia U17 4th 6 4 6 10 10
2011 Russia WJC18 7 4 14 18 18
2012 Russia WJC 6 2 3 5 0
2013 Russia WJC 7 2 4 6 2
2014 Russia WJC 7 5 3 8 0
Junior totals 33 17 30 47 30


  1. ^ Eliteprospects.com: 2011 KHL Draft
  2. ^ CHL Import Draft Results
  3. ^ a b c d e Kimmelman, Adam (2012-03-19). "Seamless transition to North America for Grigorenko". NHL.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  4. ^ Draft prospect Grigorenko up for QMJHL most valuable player award - Winnipeg Free Press
  5. ^ NHL.com (2013-01-07). "Roy says Grigorenko will attend Sabres camp". NHL.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  6. ^ Battaglino, Mike (2013-01-18). "Grigorenko, Kovalev make opening-night rosters". NHL.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  7. ^ Zwolinski, Mark (2013-01-29). "Buffalo Sabres keep teenager Mikhail Grigorenko". Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  8. ^ Ryndak, Christ (2013-01-29). "Leafs beat clock and Sabres, 4-3". NHL.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  9. ^ NHL.com (2013-03-15). "Sabres return top pick Grigorenko to junior team". NHL.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  10. ^ "Sabres recall Mikhail Grigorenko". The Globe and Mail. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  11. ^ Peters, Chris (2014-01-11). "Sabres send Mikhail Grigorenko back to junior for second straight year". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joel Armia
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Zemgus Girgensons
Preceded by
Nail Yakupov
Winner of the CHL Rookie of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Valentin Zykov