The Buffalo Sabres will be bringing top draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko to training camp, according to Patrick Roy, the player's coach and general manager with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Roy told the French-language sports network RDS that he had spoken to Sabres general manager Darcy Regier and was informed that Grigorenko would be attending training camp for its entirety.
"I spoke to Darcy Regier [Sunday] morning, and he was very clear," Roy said Sunday evening during his regular appearance on the RDS panel show L'Antichambre. "He wants to bring him to Buffalo for the entirety of training camp. Afterward, they will see if [Grigorenko] can make the team or not. But I'm still hoping he will back with the Remparts to finish the season. For us, his loss would obviously be devastating, because we count on him a lot."
Grigorenko, who had two goals and four assists to help Russia win the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, is expected to arrive back in Quebec City from Ufa, Russia on Monday. He is leads the Remparts and is fifth in the QMJHL with 29 goals in 30 games, and his 50 points are second on the team.
He was selected by the Sabres with the 12th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft.