In the early going of the 2011-12 season, center Mikhail Grigorenko was considered by some to be the top prospect available for the 2012 NHL Draft. By season's end, however, the talented Russian was dropping in the rankings, finally being chosen with the 12th selection overall by the Buffalo Sabres.
Grigorenko's drop was primarily attributed to some lackluster play in the season's second half, which may have been attributable to a bout of mononucleosis that was diagnosed in April. Rumors were also suggesting that Grigorenko, who played this past season for the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts, might instead play in the KHL next season.
But the Sabres may be the beneficiary of the innuendo that dropped Grigorenko out of the top 10 as he is potentially the most talented player in this year's draft. He has the size that many teams are looking for in a center to go along with great hands and skill that make him a constant threat in the offensive zone.
Grigorenko talked to the media about being selected by the Sabres, as well as his fall out of the draft's top 10.