The Sabres scored big by landing Grigorenko and Girgensons at the 2012 NHL Draft.



David Gregory of NHL Central Scouting on Mikhail Grigorenko

“He’s the type of player that controls the whole pace of the game. He can play with the puck at the same pace he plays without the puck. He sees the ice and opportunities really well. He can hang onto it longer than most players … Mikhail has the patience and the ability to see opportunities and let them develop, which is a special skill.”

—3—2012 Sabres Draft

Mikhail Grigorenko

“I don’t really care about 29 teams in the league. It’s just about one team, the Sabres, and ending up proving them right.”


Mikhail Grigorenko

“All the time, I think the Buffalo Sabres jersey is, like, one of the most beautiful jerseys in the League.”


Mikhail Grigorenko

“Eleven teams didn’t draft me so too bad for them. I’m No. 1 pick for Buffalo Sabres.”



Kevin Devine, the Sabres’ director of amateur scouting on Zemgus Girgensons

“The fans of Buffalo will love this guy, He just will not quit. We talked to his coach, and his coach said he’s got the leadership qualities of Jonathan Toews, Mark Messier.”


Craig Button, TSN analyst and former NHL GM, on Zemgus Girgensons

“What (Toronto GM) Brian Burke always says is that he wants players with equal parts of testosterone, truculence and belligerence…  When he says that, he could be talking about Zemgus Girgensons.”


Jim Montgomery (Girgensons’ coach and former NHL player) on Girgensons.

“I haven’t seen anyone with the kind of work ethic that he shows in practice and in the weight room since I was around Rod Brind’amour (playing in the NHL),”


John Vogl of The Buffalo News on Zemgus Girgensons

“Girgensons is a 6-foot-2 mountain of fury in a flat-top buzzcut. The 198-pound center would rather go through defenders than around them, but he has the ability to do both.”


Kevin Devine, the Sabres’ director of amateur scouting on Zemgus Girgensons

“I think (Girgensons’ team) got beat, 14-0, by the Russians, and we were watching film on it and he was blocking shots with four minutes left in the game. I was shaking my head.”








Kevin Devine, the Sabres’ director of amateur scouting on 3rd roind pick Justin Kea.

“At 6 foot 4, 212 pounds, Kea’s coach, Greg Gilbert,thinks that he’ll be a good third-liner center in the NHL; a better-skating Paul Gaustad.”


The tattoo on Girgensons’ right arm was also quoted this weekend.

“I do it ceause I can. I can because I want to. I want to because you said I couldn’t.”



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