As my colleague Tim Redinger wrote the other day, Mikhail Grigorenko is not being given much of a chance to succeed with the Buffalo Sabres. For starters, he has endured healthy scratches galore, something that ex-coach Lindy Ruff referred to as part of the growth process for young players. Through games 20, Grigorenko has played in 16, which is the same number that fellow rookie Mikael Granlund has played for the Minnesota Wild. I’m not a fan of the healthy scratch for learning purposes – but I’m not a coach, so I’ll shut up.
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