By John Vogl
Mikhail Grigorenko, one of the biggest names scheduled to participate in the Traverse City prospect tournament this week, will not suit up for the Sabres after being ruled ineligible.
"Grigorenko was deemed to be ineligible for the tournament because of the number of NHL games he appeared on the Sabres’ roster in the 2012-13 season," the team announced in a release this afternoon.
The center, selected 12th overall in the 2012 draft, skated in 25 games for the Sabres during his rookie year. He had a goal and four assists while shuttling between Buffalo and his junior team in Quebec.
General Manager Darcy Regier has already said the 19-year-old will spend all of this season in Buffalo, and the tournament would have given the organization a good chance to view his offseason growth.
The only other prospects traveling to Traverse City who have played for the Sabres are defensemen Mark Pysyk (19 games) and Chad Ruhwedel (seven).