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The Sabres moved up in the 2012 draft to ensure they were able to select Zemgus Girgensons with the 14th pick overall, making him the second center selected by the Sabres in three picks.
Unlike the center taken before him (Mikhail Grigorenko), Girgensons plays a much more physical game. He loves going to the gritty areas of the ice and has the size, strength and skating ability to come out victorious in those battles most times.
Currently, Girgensons is the youngest player in the AHL, and coach Ron Rolston has been impressed with his play. While not appearing on the scoresheet as much as Sabres fans may like, Girgensons is receiving invaluable experience early in his professional career that will only help him in the years to come.
Also, the Sabres aren't looking for Girgensons to contribute 100 points per year. He has the ability to become the prototypical stopper with his ability to shut down the opposing team's top players, something the Sabres have not had since the departure of Chris Drury (no, Paul Gaustad was not one of those players).
Girgensons will likely play in the AHL for the remainder of the season, NHL season or not. After that, a switch from center to wing to crack the Sabres' lineup may be necessary in the short-term, but Girgensons is likely slotted as the Sabres' long-term third-line center.