Buffalo Sabres Prospect Tracker: Grigorenko Still Hot, Amerks Begin Play

By Matt Clouden
Brendan Mikkelson – US PRESSWIRE

Everyone that called Buffalo Sabres first-round pick Mikhail Grigorenko lazy may be biting their tongue after his first ten games back in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

In those ten games, Grigorenko has scored an astounding 22 points, including nine goals. That is good enough for second in the QMJHL in scoring, trailing the leader Jean-Sebastien Dea by two points, but having played in one fewer game. To put this in perspective, a player widely considered to be one of the, if not the, best prospects in the games, the Florida Panthers’ Jonathan Huberdeau, has 16 points in 11 games.

Grigorenko’s Quebec Remparts have improved to an impressive 9-1-0 on the season, good for first place in the TELUS East Division.


With the loss of Corey Tropp likely for the season with a torn ACL, the Rochester Americans are turning to the former University of Maine standout Bryan Flynn to fill the hole that he’s left.

Flynn finished his Univ. of Maine career with 156 points in 153 games, including 48 points in 40 games last season in a talent-rich Hockey East. Flynn was undrafted and signed with the Sabres after his senior season ended last year. The Amerks will hope that he can find his offensive upside and contribute in a substantial way.

Flynn can also add a leadership dimension to a team that is relying on its young talent. Flynn sported the “C” last year for the Black Bears and, at the “old” age of 24, he can use that experience to be a major voice in the room.


Some quick hits:

Zemgus Girgensons scored his first professional point Tuesday, notching an assist on a Kevin Porter goal in the Amerks’ 3-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators.

Jake McCabe did not register a point, but registered four shots on net in the University of Wisconsin’s weekend series with Northern Michigan. The Badgers lost both games.

Marcus Foligno scored in each of the Amerks’ first two games, and has three points through their first three games.

Cody Hodgson has been steady for the Amerks, registering three assists in the first three games.


The Amerks’ next game is tomorrow against the Grand Rapids Griffins, the affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, at Blue Cross Arena. Puck drop is at 7:05.

Mikhail Grigorenko’s Quebec Remparts play two games this weekend, Friday against the Victoriaville Tigres and Sunday against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. 



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