There’s a lot about Mikhail Grigorenko we know, and quite a bit we don’t. Of the three Russians at the top of the draft, he’s the one who has the widest range of opinion. He’s a polarizing prospect.
The first time I heard the Russian anthem was 1972. I remember being blown away by its beauty, and it kind of flew in the face of everything we’d been taught about the Russians. What an inspirational song. I can imagine Russian men and women have been inspired by it and it must be a point of pride. Congratulations to the Russians, the Slovaks and the Czechs who swept the medals at the World Championship in what has been a difficult year.
- Corey Pronman: “He’s an exceptionally gifted player who can control the flow of a hockey game seemingly at will with elite puck skills, vision, offensive creativity, and overall hockey sense. He makes high level dekes seem effortless and is the kind of player who is able to slow the game down to his pace rather than try to keep up with it. His ability as a playmaker is really special as he is the classic “eyes in the back of his head” type of player who consistently makes high-level reads quickly and effectively. Grigorenko’s hand skills allow him to keep the puck away from pursuers very well and when he’s setting up in open ice, the chances of a defender being able to cleanly check him is low.”
- Red Line Report: “As talented as Grigorenko is, he simply does not work hard AT ALL when he doesn’t have the puck, even at crucial moments in a game. One shift he had about four minutes left to go in a game his team was only losing by one goal perfectly illustrated the point. After attempting an individualistic play, Grigorenko lost the puck behind the net in the attacking zone, it squirted free to a defenseman about two feet to his right, and he just stood there watching as the defender skated the puck out of trouble without even a hint of trying to track him down or even put mild pressure on him. It would have been a real eye-opener for us – if we hadn’t been seeing the exact same thing from him for three years now.”
- Grant McCagg, tsn: Strengths: Possesses the size, strength and skill teams covet in a first-line centre, protects the puck well and has great hands for a big man. Also has a smooth, powerful stride and drives to the net with force. Has a heavy shot, great vision and passing skills, elite offensive talent. Not afraid to get his nose dirty when so inclined. Weaknesses: Has to continue working on his all-around game, needs to bring more consistency, will take some shifts and games off. NHL upside: Has been compared to Viktor Kozlov in terms of his size/skill package, but also because of his inconsistency. Has the capability of being a skilled number one center at the NHL level, but will he have the desire?
DESJDARINS NHLE (per 82gp)
- Taylor Hall 17-29-46
- Nail Yakupov 18-22-40
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 11-27-38
- Mikhail Grigorenko 16-17-33
- Alex Galchenyuk 11-19-30 (16-year old numbers)
- Pronman is very strong on him, I suggest you click through above and read the entire entry.
- He’s a classic 1line center prospect and that my friends has exceptional value.
- 6.02, 195 and of course he has terrific vision as described above.
- The scouting positives are as good as it gets.
- The Red Line item above is a vicious bit of prose. Holy crap.
- Craig Button threw him in a gunny sack filled with rocks and tossed him off the bridge in his latest installment.
- The Oilers could use a classic #1 C and the resume looks very good. He played on one of the better offensive teams in the QMJHL and posted impressive numbers.
- He looks incredible in the offensive zone. Lanky center and Oh my GOD can he pass the puck with a velvet touch.
- In a year where there’s a clear #1 and all the rest, Grigorenko is the one player who gets closest to Nail and also addresses a need for the Edmonton Oilers.
MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO WILL BE ONE OF THE FIRST 3 SELECTIONS AT THE 2012 ENTRY DRAFT