Avalanche signs former Remparts forward Grigorenko
The Colorado Avalanche signed former Quebec Remparts forward Mikhail Grigorenko to a one-year contract, the team announced on Thursday.
Grigorenko, 21, played three seasons with the Remparts, scoring 85 goals and 178 points in 115 games. The native of Khabarovsk, Russia was Quebec’s second overall pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft.
The six-foot-three, 201-pound frame was a 12th overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 2012. In the 2012-13 season, Grigorenko played 25 games with the Sabres, scoring a goal and five points before being sent back to junior. The following season, Grigorenko made the Sabres and appeared in 18 games, scoring two goals and three points before being assigned to Buffalo’s AHL affiliate Rochester Americans. He picked up four assists in nine games before being sent back to junior. In 23 games with Quebec, he scored 15 goals and 39 points.
Grigorenko also represented his native Russia three times at the World Junior Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively, winning two silver medals and one bronze medal.
In the 2014-15 season, Grigorenko split the season between Buffalo and Rochester. In 25 games with the Sabres, he scored three goals and six points. In 43 games with Rochester, he scored 14 goals and 36 points.
Grigorenko was acquired by the Avalanche on June 26, 2015 along with Nikita Zadorov, J.T. Compher and the 31st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft for Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly.