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Sabres' Grigorenko leads Russia to bronze medal at world juniors

By John Vogl

The Sabres hoped Mikhail Grigorenko would go to the world juniors and excel. They hoped playing with and against guys in his age group would allow him to feel good about himself and his game.

It appears the plan worked.

Grigorenko led Russia to the bronze medal this morning in Sweden. The center scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win over Canada, a victory that deprived the Canadians of a medal for the second straight year. It's first time that's happened to The True North in more than 30 years.

Grigorenko led Russia with five goals, eight points and a plus-6 rating in seven games. The next step for Buffalo is to determine whether the 19-year-old is ready to rejoin the Sabres and get ice time.

Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov had four goals and five points for the Russians. He'll return to London of the Ontario Hockey League.


Mikhail Grigorenko | Nikita Zadorov
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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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