FRWG Chats with Mikhail Grigorenko

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Last week, I had the opportunity to chat with Mikhail Grigorenko who is currently with the Rochester Americans. The 20-year-old Khabarovsk native spoke about his season thus far in the AHL, improving his game, and friends in the NHL.
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Sabres Decide Not to Get Griggy with It After All

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After appearing in 22 of Buffalo’s 27 games where he scored just one goal (below) with four helpers, Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko has been sent down to the Quebec Remparts. The move comes as a surprise since the Sabres elected to keep him in Buffalo after their first five games thus taking one year off his three-year entry level contract.
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Devils Acquire Andrei Loktionov from Kings

Earlier this evening, the NHL had it’s first trade of the shortened 2013 season involving a Russian player. 22-year-old Andrei Loktionov who has spent his entire career with the LA Kings was dealt to New Jersey for a 5th round pick in this years draft. Loktionov spent most of his time with the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL where he scored 29 goals in 132 games. The Voskresensk native was assigned the Devils farm team in Albany, NY and could be available for Saturday’s game against Syracuse.
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Caps Prospects Taking Different Routes to NHL

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In this past summer’s NHL entry draft, the Washington Capitals went Russian with their first two draft picks. Their first of choice of the day saw them select Evgeny Kuznetsov (1st round/26th overall) and then with their next pick they went with Stanislav Galiev (3rd round/86th overall).   The two are very different players and are taking different paths to get to the NHL to help prepare them to make the jump.

Evgeny Kuznetsov became the 7th Russian player the Capitals drafted in the first three rounds of the last seven NHL drafts and it’s easy to see why.  The left handed right winger fits into the same mold as his future Capital teammate, Alex Ovechkin.  He’s extremely gifted offensively and not afraid of physical play but can struggle when asked to play defense.  Kuznetsov has also represented Russia on the international stage as a 17 year old playing in U-18 and U-20 World Junior tournaments, including being named to the WJC all-star team in the U-18 tournament.
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Russia defeats US to meet Canada for the gold

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There was no “miracle” for the USA as they lost to Russia for the second time in the 2009 World Championships 3-2. Goals from Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Frolov, and Konstantin Gorovikov helped the Russian team overcome two deficits to make their second straight appearance in the gold medal game.

They will meet Canada, a team they defeated last year to clinch their first gold since 1993. Canada beat Sweden 3-1 to set up the rematch of the two best teams statistically. The final will be played at 2 pm on Sunday while Sweden entertains the US earlier in the day.

Here are the highlights courtesy of youtube and tsn