BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – With Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko accepting his assignment to his junior team, some of the Sabres weighed in on the decision after practice today.
Interim Head Coach Ted Nolan said it was the best decision for both the team and Grigorenko right now.
“The tail can’t wag the dog, the dog wags the tail,” said Nolan. “We feel, as an organization, it’s best for him to develop in junior hockey. That’s not taking anything away from him… in order to play at this level, we just need a little bit more.”
Some of Grigorenko’s teammates were quick to note the potential they see with the 19-year old former first-round pick, but they agreed he needs more seasoning.
“Everyone knows Mikhail’s going to be a great hockey player,” said forward Cody Hodgson. “We want to see him do really well and be back here.”