The biggest question surrounding the Buffalo Sabres since they started this shortened season was whether or not Mikhail Grigorenko would stay with the team or be sent back to juniors. Blowing this decision would have had a huge impact on his future with this organization. So why was it the right move to keep him in Buffalo?
The Sabres' game against the Washington Capitals was the rookie's biggest litmus test so far.
He played over 17 minutes and was paired for most of the game with Marcus Foligno. Grigorenko also saw some time on the PP.
His performance in that game may not have been the overriding factor in the decision to keep him in Buffalo, but it certainly helped his case.
Even GM Darcy Regier admitted as much to WGR 550 when asked how much of a role the game versus the Caps played.
Let's take a look at the four biggest reasons, ranked in order of importance, that the Sabres chose to keep the 18-year-old Russian up with the big club.