Sabres Pick Grigorenko, Girgensons
PITTSBURGH, PA — The Buffalo Sabres stood pat at #12 and moved up to #14 to take two prospects in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Mikhail Grigorenko, a center, was the first of the Sabres two first round picks. The Russian scored 45 goals and 85 points in 59 games for the Quebec Ramparts this past season. Once considered a possible first overall pick, Grigorenko's stock slid amid reports that he might not give it his all every shift.
The Sabres wasted little time for the next pick, trading away the 21st and 42nd pick to the Calgary Flames. With the 14th pick, the Sabres took another center, Zegmus Girgensons.
Girgensons lead the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League in scoring with 59 points over 49 games. He is set to play for the University of Vermont next season
The Sabres still have one selection left in the second round.