Mikhail Grigorenko is back on his way to the bigs.
The Russian forward, Buffalo’s first-round pick (12th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled to the Sabres from AHL Rochester, the club announced on Tuesday.
Also headed up from the Amerks are forwards Tim Schaller and Jerry D’Amigo.
The trio has been brought up to replace Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell and Chris Stewart, all three of whom were traded at Monday’s deadline. Between those departures and the injuries to Josh Gorges, Zemgus Girgensons and Patrick Kaleta (Evander Kane too, lest we forget), Buffalo will be icing a forward group that projects to look like this:
Matt Moulson-Tyler Ennis-Brian Gionta
Marcus Foligno-Mikhail Grigorenko-Cody Hodgson
Johan Larsson-Phil Varone-Zac Dalpe
Nicolas Deslauriers-Schaller-Matt Ellis
D’Amigo would be the 13th forward, presumably.
As for Grigorenko, most eyes will likely be on him as he gets another stint with the parent club. He’s been good in Rochester this year, scoring 31 points in 38 games, but only had one goal and one assist in 12 games with the Sabres earlier this year. His last NHL game came on Jan. 9.
The Boston Bruins will be without Kevan Miller for the remainder of the season the club announced Saturday.
Miller, who sustained a right shoulder dislocation on Feb. 16 against the Calgary Flames, will undergo season-ending surgery.
The 27-year-old initially injured the shoulder during an Oct. 18 fight with Buffalo Sabres’ forward Nicolas Deslauriers and missed 13 games.
Miller appeared in 41 games this season scoring two goals and five assists to go along with a plus-20 rating and an average of 18:02 in ice time.
The Buffalo Sabres have pulled off a first for the 2014-15 campaign: 20 games into the season and they’re finally on a winning streak. The San Jose Sharks heavily outshot them tonight, but Buffalo came away with a 4-1 victory.
Michal Neuvirth deserves credit for keeping the Sabres in this game early as his team was outshot 10-3 in the first period, but he had to leave due to a lower-body injury. Jhonas Enroth stepped in for the start of the second frame and did a great job of filling the void, turning aside 17 of 18 shots to earn his second win of the campaign.
Brian Gionta scored his first goal of the season to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead at 11:54 of the second period and that proved to be the game-winner. He later helped himself to an empty-netter to seal the deal.
Nicolas Deslauriers and Brian Flynn accounted for Buffalo’s other two goals. The Sabres will try to keep their streak going on Friday against the San Jose Sharks.