playing him on a 4th line is one thing, but playing him with guys like scott and mccormick is whole 'nother thing. and it makes no sense -- at all.
i take a different view. grigorenko (who of course can't go to the ahl) is playing with 4th liners, who likely can't do the things that are needed to showcase his skill set. and if the past is prelude, other teams' 4th liners, who are lunch bucket guys who play with heart and soul, routinely out-hustle and out-compete grigorenko.
Isn't that what they are trying to get Grigorenko to do?
I see it is Grigs being sent to the AHL without the demotion.
Grigs has brought this on himself; if this is a rebuilding year, and Grigs is not competing or hustling, and though it maybe painful, Grigs has to learn some how.
The Sabres top six should be carrying the offensive load, not a developing 19yr old.
I am sure some one will respond that it is such a waste to put such a talented guy on the fourth line.
O.k. where is the talent, it certainly not on the score board, and God knows he has been given a chance on the 1st and second lines.
RR is right, the kid is not competing at the level he should.
All the skill in the world is useless if you don't compete, and what about the observation that "other teams' 4th liners, who are lunch bucket guys who play with heart and soul, routinely out-hustle and out-compete grigorenko.
I look at it like this, the difference between the Sabres and many of the teams in the league is that heart and soul, compete and hustle runs through lines one through four on most teams and the only thing that separates the fourth line heart and soul guy from a first line heart and soul guy is that the first liner has a greater skill set.
Personally I think guys like Crosby, Malkin, Sadin's, etc. hustle and compete and hustle at a much higher level then most fourth liners.
If Scott and McCormick can establish a consistent fore-check and hold the puck long enough to dish it off to Grigs, then Grigs should be able to work his magic.
The whole idea that Grigs being put on the fourth line IMO is over blown, and really doesn't carry a lot of weight.
Until Grigs figures out how to play the way Enniss, Stafford, and Foligno did the other night, then he is certainly destined for the AHL at the first available opportunity.
Edited by hockeyhound, 17 October 2013 - 12:29 PM.