Posted July 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Sabres signed their top draft choice on Wednesday, forward Mikhail Grigorenko, to a three-year, entry-level contract. Grigorenko was selected No. 12 overall, and was the third-ranked North American skater and top North American center on NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. A native of Khabarovsk, Russia, Grigorenko is Buffalo's highest forward selection since Thomas Vanek was the No. 5 overall choice in 2003. In 2011-12, Grigorenko had 40 goals and 85 points in his first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season. ''We're thrilled and excited to have him under contract for the next three years,'' Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. ''And we are thrilled and excited to have his skill level and his ability as a player in our organization.'' Grigorenko led all first-year players in the QMJHL in goals and points, and was second in regular-season assists (45). ''Now, I can really feel that I am 100 percent a part of this...
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