NHL.com‘s EJ Hradek gives his Top 5 individuals who impressed at this year’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Among them is Russian prospect and soon to be Quebec City Rampart Mikhail Grigorenko.
Mikhail Gregorenko, C, Russia: Another big pivot (6-2, 185), Gregorenko jumped onto the scouts’ radar during last year’s Hlinka tournament. He can make things happen in the offensive zone with strong puck skills, while still getting back to take care of his defensive chores.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League fans will get to see Gregorenko during the upcoming season. He’s committed to play for the Quebec City Ramparts during the upcoming season. He figures to have some knowledge of his new coach, Patrick Roy. It will be interesting how he handles the adjustment to life in North America. I expect he’d be a top-five pick.