Grigorenko signed a three-year contract with CSKA of the KHL on Friday, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
This may be the last we see of the 12th overall pick from 2012, who busted out in Buffalo and never did much with a second chance in Colorado either. His best season saw him put up 27 points in 74 games with the Avs two campaigns ago, disappointing output for a player of his skill set.
Grigorenko wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Avalanche and thus is set to become an unrestricted free agent Saturday, The Denver Post reports.
Things haven't exactly gone swimmingly in Grigorenko's first two seasons in Denver, but he was at least able to top the 20-point plateau both times (50 points combined in 149 contests) for one of the league's worst teams. Given his pedigree as the 12th overall pick in 2012 and youth, the 23-year-old Russian will likely have several organizations interested in his services come July 1.
Grigorenko is a pending unrestricted free agent, which makes him available to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft on June 21, theScore reports.
Since he hasn't been re-signed by the Avalanche, Grigorenko will be available to Vegas. Should the league's 31st team wish to select him, it has three days of exclusive negotiating rights before he becomes a full UFA on July 1. The fact that the struggling Avalanche didn't protect the 23-year-old isn't all that surprising based on his output (50 points in 149 games with the team), but is noteworthy based on his pedigree as the 12th overall draft selection by Buffalo in 2012.
Grigorenko scored his 10th goal of the season Tuesday against Chicago.
It's hard to see where Grigorenko has improved this season even though it's the first time he's reached double-digit goals. He's a very talented player who needs a lot of work in many other aspects of the game, but like everyone else on the Avalanche, the Russian's struggled for most of the season. Until he figures out how to compete on a nightly basis and wins a bigger role, Grigorenko's fantasy value will remain minimal.
Grigorenko netted a pair of goals in Sunday's loss to Chicago.
They were just the first points in eight games for Grigorenko, who has struggled to produce in a bottom-six role this season. He's only 22 years of age and his nine goals are a career high, so we wouldn't be too worried about him overall, especially given the team's struggles this season. Grigorenko showed Sunday what he's capable of, but with Colorado out of the playoffs and not playing meaningful hockey, it's hard to see him being of much value down the stretch.
Grigorenko hasn't done much lately offensively, contributing just a single point in his last 12 contests.
It's not like he hasn't received decent opportunities to get on the scoresheet, either, as the 1:47 of average power-play time during that span will attest. Despite the role with the man advantage, Grigorenko is currently toiling on the fourth line, and the fact that the Avs are easily the worst team in the league makes his assignment on the depth chart that much more oppressive to his fantasy value. Through 56 games this year, the 2012 first-rounder has recorded 18 points -- six of which have been goals, which actually ties his career high.
Grigorenko has one goal and four assists over his last eight games.
Now up to 17 points in what's been a horrendous season for pretty much everyone in an Avalanche sweater, Grigorenko is now on an 82-game pace of 31 points. That'd be a new career high for the Russian after he tallied 27 in his Denver debut in 2015-16, and it's worth noting that he's already recorded as many power-play points (four) as last year, so there are some small signs of development here from the 22-year-old.
Grigorenko has 12 points in 36 games this year, including three assists on the power play.
Despite Colorado's struggles this season, the second-year Av is producing at essentially the same rate (0.33 points per game) as last year (27 points, 0.36 points per game), which is a great sign for his development. Grigorenko, a first round selection in 2012 by Buffalo, has also averaged a career-high 2:03 of power-play time and needs just one more point with the man advantage to match his best mark of four, set in 2015-16. He's only relevant in the very deepest of fantasy settings based on his limited production, but he's a player worth watching based on his pedigree and the aforementioned fact he's been able to rise above a terrible campaign by the Avalanche as a whole this year.
Grigorenko scored a goal in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Canucks on Saturday.
After failing to record the lamp in his first 15 games of the season, Grigorenko has now found twine twice in the last four contests. He normally averages under 13 minutes of ice time per game but received 16:34 against the visiting Canucks, so perhaps the 2012 12th overall pick is awaking from his slumber at the quarter-point of the campaign.
Grigorenko has five points in 14 games while averaging 13:56 of ice time this season.
The fifth-year NHLer is producing at essentially the identical pace to last year, when he recorded 27 points in 74 contests in his first go-round with Colorado. At this stage in his career, the 6-foot-3 center hasn't come anywhere close to performing at the level expected of a 12th overall pick (2012 by Buffalo). That said, Grigorenko is still just 22 years old and it would be unwise to write him off at such a young age, so those in deeper leagues should remember to check in on him periodically.
After notching power-play assists in the season's first two games, Grigorenko couldn't extend the streak in a 3-0 shutout loss to Washington on Tuesday.
He also saw more action at center, taking faceoffs for the first time this season. Grigorenko is still seeing fairly limited minutes, but he's enjoying steady power-play time on the second unit. We're still waiting for 2012's No. 12 pick to live up to his pedigree, as last year's 27 points represent his high-water mark to this point. The talent is there and he's seeing a decent amount of offensive opportunities, so he should at least be able to build on last season's production, but a full-on breakout may be too much to ask.
Grigorenko scored two goals in Colorado's 3-1 victory over Los Angeles on Friday.
The No. 12 overall pick in the 2012 draft took a leap forward in the 2015-16 campaign by producing career-high point totals (27) and seems primed for another step in the right direction. The 22-year-old center signed a one-year contract with the Avalanche over the offseason and is likely out to prove he deserves to be locked up long term.
Grigorenko signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Avalanche on Wednesday, Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports reports.
Grigorenko was solid in a limited role with Colorado last season, notching 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) while averaging 13:16 of ice time over 74 games. The 22-year-old forward will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the Avalanche in 2016-17, and should be similarly productive barring injury.
Grigorenko was extended a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on Monday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
In his first season with the Avalanche, Grigorenko posted career-highs across the board with six goals and 21 assists over 74 games. By receiving the qualifying offer, the 22-year-old is clearly in the Avs' plans for the future, as they'll have the chance to match any contract offers he receives during the free agency period. In just his second season with the Avs and fifth campaign overall, Grigorenko should see a similar role next season.
Grigorenko tallied a goal on his only shot in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Blues.
Grigorenko put an end to an eight-game scoreless streak with Tuesday's goal. Despite not finding the back of the net in that span, he did tally 10 shots on goal and eight blocked shots. The 21-year-old now has 25 points in his first full season in the league.
Grigorenko ended a 12-game goal drought and added a power-play assist in Monday's 3-1 win against the Coyotes.
The 21-year-old center hasn't been very impressive in his first full year in the NHL, but flashed some of that skill that warranted a first-round selection back in 2012. During a mad scramble in front, Grigorenko was able to find the loose buck and roof a backhander past Louis Domingue for his fifth goal of the season.
Grigorenko (illness) will suit up Wednesday against the Kings.
Grigorenko was scratched from Tuesday's game due to an illness, but he was able to get back on the ice just one night later. Grigorenko lit the lamp in his last game Saturday to snap a five-game scoreless streak.
On Friday, Grigorenko practiced on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene, and Avs coach Patrick Roy said he'll appear in that same spot if Gabriel Landeskog (back) is deemed unfit to play Saturday night against the Predators, Terry Frei of The Denver Post reports.
Let us take you back to last month, when Landeskog was suspended and Grigorenko was asked to center that same top line. Oh, what's that? You remember? Yeah, that's when the Russian spark plug ignited the offense by winning all of his faceoffs and producing a goal and two assists against the Habs, one of the top teams in the league. Grigorenko has one goal and nine helpers through 25 games this season, and he's the type that can catch fire on short notice. Consider keeping a hawk's eye on Landeskog's status ahead of puck drop Saturday night because Grigorenko becomes quite intriguing if the former ends up missing the contest.
On Saturday night against Montreal, Grigorenko will be on the top line with Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon.
Grigorenko gets at least a temporary line promotion with Gabriel Landeskog suspended two games for taking a match penalty in Thursday night's contest against Boston. Of course, in that game, Grigorenko had a sneak preview of what life will be like on that top line, as he had a primary assist on a game-winning goal by Duchene in the third period. Grigorenko only has 81 games worth of NHL experience, but he is a sharp shooter and could be a sneaky option in fantasy leagues while playing alongside two of the team's top skaters.
Grigorenko signed a one-year deal with the Avalanche on Thursday.Grigorenko played in 25 games with the Sabres last season, notching a total of six points (three goals, three assists) in those contests. He fared much better in the AHL, racking up 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 43 games with AHL Rochester in 2014-15. He will compete for a roster spot with the big club in training camp.
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