Sabres’ Grigorenko deemed ineligible for prospect tourney


One of the brightest stars slated to participate in this year’s Traverse City prospects tournament has been ruled out.

Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko, the 12th overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has been deemed ineligible to participate in Detroit’s 2013 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Mich.

According to Buffalo’s public relations staff, Grigorenko is being held out because he participated in too many NHL games during the 2012-13 season.

The 19-year-old Russian made the Sabres out of training camp and appeared in 25 games last year, scoring five points. He also appeared in 33 games for QMJHL Quebec and two playoff games for AHL Rochester.

The Red Wings’ annual rookie tourney will run from Sept. 5-9 at Center ICE Arena in Traverse City. Detroit, Dallas, Minnesota, St. Louis, Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus and the New York Rangers are slated to participate.