News | 6/22/2012 11:27:18 PM | BUFFALO SABRES
The Buffalo Sabres have selected centers Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec - QMJHL) and Zemgus Girgensons (Dubuque - USHL) with their picks in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The Sabres chose Grigorenko (6’3”, 200 lbs., 5/16/94), the third-ranked North American skater and top North American center on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, with the 12th overall pick.
At 12th overall, the native of Khabarovsk, Russia is Buffalo’s highest forward selection since they took Thomas Vanek with the fifth overall pick in 2003. In 2011-12, Grigorenko scored 85 points (40+45) while picking up just 12 penalty minutes for the Quebec Remparts in his first QMJHL season.
Buffalo selected Girgensons (6’2”, 198 lbs., 1/5/94) with the 14th overall pick in the draft. The Riga, Latvia native has 104 points (45+59) in 100 games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL and has committed to the University of Vermont for the 2012-13 season.
The Sabres acquired the 14th overall selection from Calgary in exchange for the 21st overall pick in the draft, acquired from Calgary during last year’s draft, and the 42nd overall pick.