Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Draft Profile: Mikhail Grigorenko

Our next profile will be on Russian forward Mikhail Grigorenko.

Grigorenko has a nice frame at 6'3 200 LBS and after number one pick Nail Yakupov is the most ready prospect for the NHL.

The only big questions being raised about him are his work ethic, but that seems to be the case with most Russian players.

Grigorenko has superb vision, a great hockey IQ, and great hands which explains how he was able to put up 85 points in 59 games.  He is also a mainstay on Russias junior national team and was voted player of the tournament at the World Junior, A Hockey Challenge.

Most think he will defy the typical Russian stigma of being a lazy player.  If he is successful in doing that he should have quite the NHL career.

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