It took fewer than eight minutes for Mikhail Grigorenko to create a superlative scoring play for the Quebec Remparts.
The 19-year-old Buffalo Sabres prospect who was recalcitrant about leaving the Buffalo Sabres to play out his junior eligibility laced up on Saturday for his first game since helping Russia beat Canada in the world junior bronze-medal game two weeks ago in Sweden. On one of his first shifts, Grigorenko made a behind-the-back to set up Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Erne for the first goal in the Remparts' 5-3 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
One gets the sense keeping tabs on Grigorenko with the Remparts could be a whole lot of fun. He finished with three points and was named the game's first star.
With the win, the Remparts are only four points out of first overall in the Quebec league with 22 games left in the regular season. Strap in, it's going to be a fun stretch drive.
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