Archives for June 2012

Girgenson with Article 14. Buffalo Dial ”Sabres”

‘Girgenson become the most highly selected Latvian player in NHL draft history. So far this honor belonged to the guard Sandis Ozolins, the 1991st On draft Article 30. number selected in the second round in San Jose ‘Sharks’.’

Girgenson NHL draft chooses Buffalo ”Sabres”

‘Original draft 14th number belonged to Calgary “Flames” unit, but the Buffalo “Sabres” it exchanged for the same draft of the 21st and 42. numbers. “Sabres’ first round without a common Girgenson 12th number selected in the center of Russian Mikhail Grigorenko, which means that in future the two hockey players will be up against tough competitors on the site contains.’

Girgenson with Article 14. Buffalo draft number ”Sabres”

‘Girgenson opportunities for debit NHL the next season of “Sabre” being reserved for talks, stressing that a Latvian autumn intends to pursue a career at the University of Vermont.’

Latvian hockey talent Girgenson NHL 1st round draft by the Buffalo Sabres selected 14.numuru

‘”I am very glad that I have chosen the Buffalo Sabres. Thanks to all the people who allowed this to happen,” his Twitter account after the draft ceremonies announced Girgenson.’

Sabres take Russian center Grigorenko at 12 spot

‘The addition of Grigorenko is the highlight of the Sabres’ night. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is ready to jump to the NHL at age 18. He dominated for Quebec of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording 40 goals and 85 points in 59 games. NHL Central Scouting had him ranked as the third-best player in the draft.’

Impressive Grigorenko falls to Sabres

‘Pegged by many as a top-5 pick much of the season, the enigmatic Russian who speaks excellent English and became a junior star in French-speaking Canada preferred to look at his situation in the best possible light Friday night. He was No. 12 overall in the NHL Draft but was the top choice of the Buffalo Sabres, a team in need of a big upgrade at center.’

Girgensons brings intensity

‘“The fans of Buffalo will love this guy,” Kevin Devine, the Sabres’ director of amateur scouting, said in Consol Energy Center. “He just will not quit. We talked to his coach, and his coach said he’s got the leadership qualities of Jonathan Toews, Mark Messier.”’

Buffalo Sabres grab 2 centers in first round of draft

‘There is a chance Grigorenko (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) could make a bid for an NHL roster spot in training camp but Girgensons (6-1, 201) will still need development time somewhere, either in the AHL, juniors or college.’

Sabres grab two European centers in first round

‘“It’s a good night,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. “The center position is a very important position. … To be able to acquire two centers – two different-type centers – is good.”’

Girgensons, Jankowski and Matheson all taken in 1st round of NHL Draft

‘Girgensons supplanted Landon Wilson as the highest selected player in Fighting Saints history.’

Sneddon confident Girgensons will be a Catamount

‘So the question becomes whether Girgensons will attend UVM as a freshman or if Buffalo wants and convinces him to sign, possibly to play in the American Hockey League next year.’

”I am very happy for him”

””I’m sure would have liked Grigo out before the 12th, but he finds himself in an excellent organization, where he can enjoy a very good coaching and where their new owner has the team at heart. I am very happy for him.”‘

Grigorenko in Buffalo

‘Since January, the great center of 6 ft. 3 inches has seen his star fade from week to week. Recruiters saw him again as a candidate for the top 10, while others predicted his selection as late as the 20th position.’

Sabres stock up on centers in NHL draft

”’It certainly was a focus of ours to try and cover off the center position in this draft,” Regier said. ”In Grigorenko’s case, his skill level and play-making ability is exceptional. In Girgensons’ case, he’s a very good playmaker and has a physical component to his game. So I think they complement each other.”’

Sabres Select Mikhail Grigorenko 12th Overall

‘”I have a few months to work, and I’ll improve my weaknesses. I think I’ll be ready to play in the NHL next year.”‘