The Remparts did not play in the Memorial Cup last season. They lost to Halifax in the second round of the Q playoffs. After leading 3 games to 1, I might add. And Grigorenko did not play well, but he was hurt.
It is very unlikely that the Remparts will make it to the Memorial Cup this year. If they do they will have to, probably, win a playoff series against the Mooseheads this coming Q playoff. I don't need to remind anyone of the season the Mooseheads are finishing up. The Q playoffs start on Friday (March 22nd) and if the regular season is any indication the Mooseheads should have a field day.
Sorry, Jack, if I sound like a dick. Still pissed at this stupid move.
Sorry, meant the Q playoffs, not memorial cup. We get so little junior coverage here I forget how the whole thing works. But my understand was that Quebec's early exit last year came as a disappointment. Maybe the expectations are not as high this year, but to be fair, I'm guessing not many other junior teams are getting a shot in the arm from a kid returning with a couple months of NHL experience & conditioning. It will be interesting to see how he performs in a kid's league now that he has hopefully been learning some things and practicing day in, day out with an NHL team. My only worry would be whether or not he can find chemistry with his new/old linemates after having not been there for so long.
And hey, if they get swept in the first round, oh well, Grigorenko will be back here sooner rather than later. But if Grigorenko leads them to what, judging by your post, would be a pretty significant upset, and perhaps takes them even further, it can only be good for his confidence.
Like I said, I still don't entirely
agree with the move, but I can see the positives in having him play high-intensity win-or-die playoff games in juniors instead of essentially meaningless games here with Buffalo, especially given the amount of ice time he receives. It's basically a conditioning stint, or at least that's the spin I'm putting on it to hold me over.