Zemgus GirgensonsCouple of things of note in the CHL today as far as player movement goes. The major story is that Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo's No. 14 pick in last month's NHL Entry Draft from the USHL's Dubuque Fighting Saints, has signed an entry-level contract with the Sabres.
The likely scenario is that Girgensons, who is now ineligible to play with the University of Vermont Catamounts, will go play with Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester. But Kelowna, who own his Canadian Hockey League rights after drafting him 45th overall in the 2011 CHL import draft, may be able to pitch for Girgensons to join them this upcoming season.
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"It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Zemgus Girgensons will not enroll at UVM in September and instead sign an NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres," UVM head coach Kevin Sneddon said Friday through a news release.
"Throughout the recruiting process, Zemgus has been very loyal to UVM, turning down offers to play Major Junior Hockey as well as Russia's premier professional league, the KHL, in order to maintain his goal of playing for the Catamounts," Sneddon said.
"We have stated often that if we are going to lose Zemgus, we hope it's to the NHL team that selects him in the draft. Buffalo feels confident that Zemgus can play for them this year as well as with the Rochester Americans of the AHL," Sneddon said. "We support Zemgus and wish him the best of luck as he begins his professional career with Buffalo. [Burlington Free Press]