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Reports: Grigorenko on Sabres' opening roster

Friday, 01.18.2013 / 1:03 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Multiple media reports are indicating the Buffalo Sabres will break camp with 18-year-old Mikhail Grigorenko on their roster.

Grigorenko was the No. 12 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft after compiling 40 goals and 85 points last season in 59 games for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

John Vogl of the Buffalo News tweeted Friday that Sabres general manager Darcy Regier announced Grigorenko would be on the final roster. Colleague Mark Harrington added that Regier said it would be a "coach's decision" as to whether he is in the lineup against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN).

Forwards Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick will begin the season on injured reserve, it was also reported.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery