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Name: Igor GrigorenkoDetroit Red Wings (#62/2001 NHL Draft)

Rating: 86
Height: 178cm/5'10"
Weight: 82kg/180.4 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1983-04-09
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
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Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis (10/13/2007)
Grigorenko's Red Wings - Togliatti Forward is Leaving for America (07/04/2007)
Igor Grigorenko: I want to play for the national team, but my club won’t let me (Detroit Red Wings) (08/23/2006)
Players to Watch: Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) and Barulin (St. Louis Blues) (10/28/2005)
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07/06/2008 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) will not return to Salavat Yulayev next season

Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) will not be back with HC Salavat Yulayev next season. The young forward struggled to find his stride with the club ever since returning from North America after failing to make an impact during the Red Wings training camp and then struggling to adjust to play in the AHL. His rights still belong to the Red Wings in the NHL, though at this point nothing indicates that he is looking to return to North America. While it is unclear where the young forward may land next season, he will likely have a number of options, as many experts still remember his strong play a couple of seasons ago. Another option may be for the Red Wings to trade his rights or invite him to camp again – though the young forward would likely have to commit to a season in North America for that to happen. Such a move would likely mean that Grigorenko would need to spend a season as a top line forward in the AHL before getting a full NHL shot.
04/06/2008 Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 0:2 (series 1:1) - Salavat strikes back

Super League -  This penalty filled contest was full of scoring chances, but Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) and Alexander Eremenko were both solid, especially the first. Varlamov stopped a couple of nice attempts, one by Vladimir Antipov (Toronto Maple Leafs) and the other by Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins), who had two shots at the puck right in front of the net. Eremenko on the other hand was a bit of a victim when he was hit in the helmet with a shot that was strong enough to unhinge his mask. Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings), who has been quiet thus far in the playoffs had a chance in the second period but failed to beat Varlamov. Lokomotiv was generally short handed more than Salavat, but the team held together well through the first two periods. In the third period Varlamov finally allowed his first goal of the final series, with Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) redirecting a nice feed from Kuteykin right between the goalie’s pads. Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) put in the second goal in the last minutes of the game when he received a feed back from Medvedev and took a hard slapshot against screened Varlamov. This was Volkov’s ninth goal of the playoffs! Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) had a strong game and continued to create great scoring chances for his team, even though he was unable to get on the score board. In the end, despite this loss, Lokomotiv leaves Ufa with one victory and has a chance to win the series if they are able to sweep Salavat at home. Salavat on the other hand leaves home ice with an important victory after the 0:3 drubbing the team received in the first round. It will be a tough road to the Championships and Ufa’s team should aim at taking at least one game in Yaroslavl to bring the finals back home for the deciding game 5.
02/07/2008 Russian Superliga update ( article)

Super League -  With an impressive total of thirty-seven victories in forty-nine games played, Salavat Yulajev Ufa is the first team in the standings, with 110 points. But not only the Bashkirian team is the leader, they also have the best attack in Russia, numbers in hands, with 166 markers good for almost 3,50 goals per game. For comparison’s sake the worse attacks, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Amur Khabarovsk, score just more than two. Such results were expected, as Mikhalev’s team has made the loudest transfer market since the lock-out season, securing players of the calibre of Oleg Tverdovsky (Carolina Hurricanes), Aleksandr Perezhogin, Kirill Koltsov Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings), spending a huge amount of money. ( article by Alessandro Rosso) READ MORE
10/23/2007 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) has two-week window to work his way onto Wings' roster
10/04/2007 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) needs to go to Grand Rapids ( article)
10/02/2007 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) has been demoted to the AHL
09/01/2007 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) leaves for Detroit
07/08/2007 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) will not attend Detroit’s rookie camp
07/04/2007 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings)'s Red Wings - Togliatti Forward is Leaving for America (player interview)
01/24/2007 Round 44 - Grigorenko regains scoring touch
01/16/2007 Round 41 - Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) heating up
01/11/2007 Round 39 - Kaigorodov leads Metallurg to victory
10/28/2006 Alexei Shkotov (St. Louis Blues) put on waivers by HC Khimik
08/28/2006 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings): I want to play for the national team, but my club won’t let me (Soviet Sport interview)
06/26/2006 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) going to arbitration court
05/12/2006 Grigorenko (Detroit) not going anywhere
05/11/2006 Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) and Semin (Washington Capitals) sick
10/08/2005 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) back in full force
08/25/2005 Igor Grigorenko's (Detroit Red Wings) 2004-05 Russian Super League Season Scouting Evaluation
08/08/2005 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) 2004-05 Russian Super League Season Scouting Evaluation
05/30/2005 Dynamo (Moscow) retains Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) and Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens) in case of a lockout
05/29/2005 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) returns to his old coach
03/14/2005 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) going back to Lada (Togliatti)
02/12/2005 Igor Grigorenko’s (Detroit Red Wings) stock shooting up
12/23/2004 Finally Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) scores!!!
11/25/2004 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) suffers a concussion
11/20/2004 Round 27 Game Notes
10/27/2004 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings #62/2001) joins new Super League club
09/26/2004 Premium Content: 2003-04 Season Reports for Konstantin Pushkarev (Los Angeles Kings #44/2003), and Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings #62/2001)
07/18/2004 Lada’s Head Coach: Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) on track in Togliatti
05/25/2004 Alexander Buturlin (Montreal Canadiens) may be on the move out of Togliatti
03/23/2004 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) is getting ready for the semifinals - Interview w/player
01/28/2004 Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) will not play for Lada this season
12/23/2003 Detroit Red Wings prospect Igor Grigorenko skates for Lada 2
Scouting Evaluations:
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis
Igor Grigorenko's (Detroit Red Wings) 2004-05 Russian Super League Season Scouting Evaluation
Talent Analysis:
Igor Grigorenko is small sized mobile winger. He is a solid puck handler and a great skater. A quality that Igor constantly practices is taking passes at high speeds, which requires both of those skills. According to one observer for Togliatti, his skating reminds that of another product of the Togliatti hockey school and former Detroit Red Wings prospect Yuri Butsayev. Igor is not a large forward and mainly uses his speed and maneuverability to skate around the defensemen along the boards. This maneuver succeeds on a European sized rink, but would cause him some serious problems on a smaller North American surface. Igor, however, will likely adapt fine to the smaller surfaces because, despite his smaller size, when contact is necessary, he does not stray away from physical play. On certain occasions, he has been actually known to show his nasty edge and provoke his opponents - drawing a penalty or picking a fight with someone. Unlike many European forwards, Igor does not hesitate to shoot the puck at the net. At the 2002 U20 WJC he lead Team Russia with 18 shots. His shot, however, could use more power and precision
Back In Russia:
2004-05: Igor Grigorenko enjoyed a first full season after recovering from the injuries he suffered in a car accident over two years ago. Early in the season the young forward struggled to regain his old form, lacking the speed and aggressiveness he once had. Despite the coach’s patience, Grigorenko’s struggles led to his demotion to the fourth line and a subsequent shipment out of Togliatti in mid-November. Despite the heartbreak that accompanied his departure from the team that he used to lead, his arrival in Ufa to play for Salavat Yulayev was a great step towards a revival of the young forward’s career. Considering Salavat’s precarious situation at the bottom of the Super League rankings, little expectations were placed on Grigorenko’s shoulders. He was also once again reunited with his former U20 national team head coach Rafael Ishmatov. While the two may not have enjoyed the greatest relationship, they respected each other and Ishmatov knew what Grigorenko was capable of and was prepared to be patient with the Detroit Red Wings prospect. Ishmatov did not have to wait long and towards the end of December Grigorenko regained his old scoring touch. Lada attempted to regain Grigorenko’s services in late February after the young forward established himself as Salavat’s top sniper. The club’s management was refuted by Ishmatov, as Lada loaned Grigorenko for the remainder of the season - not just until February. Thus, Grigorenko did not skate in the playoffs, but did finish the 2004-05 season injury free and in a stable environment, both factors imperative for his development. 2003-04: Igor Grigorenko suffered a serious injury in a car accident during the off-season and did not play a single game in the Super League’s regular season. In late December the talented center made an attempt to come back to action after a six month absence. He skated several games for Lada’s junior farm club before succumbing to leg pain, for which he underwent another surgery. After the final surgery, the prognosis was quite grim: the doctor’s did not expect Grigorenko to skate again until mid summer
NHL Outlook:
Igor Grigorenko was ranked 25th amongst the European skaters by the CSB. This was quite a jump from the 74th ranking he received at the midseason mark. The Detroit Red Wings selected the forward with their first pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft with the 62nd overall pick. If he continues his progress, Igor will be a 2nd line winger in the NHL, with a significant scoring upside of approximately 20-30 goals. He has established himself as one of top scorers with Lada Togliatti towards the end of the season in the Super League and should stay around for another season to solidify the gains he has made in his development. It will also be in Igor's best interests to remain in the Super League to once again represent his country with the Russian National Team
Summer 2007 Update: After another strong season in Russia, Grigorenko will likely come over to North America and be in Detroit's lineup in October.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) KHL (Reg.)36 2 8 10 10 6
2006-07 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)2 2 1 3 2 0
2006-07 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)48 14 12 26 69 0
2005-06 Team Russia IIHF World Championships (Intl.)6 1 2 3 8 +1
2005-06 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 1 0 1 4 -
2005-06 Severstal (Cherpovets) Super League (Playoffs)4 1 1 2 8 1
2005-06 Severstal (Cherpovets) Super League (Reg.)50 13 20 33 26 6
2004-05 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) Super League (Reg.)30 11 7 18 22 +8
2004-05 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)11 0 0 0 6 0
2003-04 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Playoffs)2 0 1 1 0 -
2003-04 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Playoffs)2 0 1 1 0 -
2003-04 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Reg.)6 2 2 4 0 -
2003-04 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 0 -
2002-03 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)10 1 6 7 10 -
2002-03 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)47 19 11 30 82 15
2002-03 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (EuroTour)3 2 0 2 4 1
2002-03 Team Russia Karjala Cup (EuroTour)3 0 1 1 0 2
2002-03 U20 Team Russia U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 6 4 10 4 10
2002-03 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour)4 3 0 3 4 3
2002-03 Team Russia WC IIHF (Intl.)7 2 1 3 16 3
2001-02 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)41 6 9 15 58 -
2001-02 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 3 0 3 4 2
2001-02 U20 Team Russia U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)7 1 2 3 4 1
2001-02 Team Russia 82 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 5 1 6 18 -
2000-01 CSK VVS Upper League (Reg.)39 10 10 20 88 -
2000-01 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)5 1 0 1 4 -
2000-01 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 6 4 10 8 11
1999-00 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)38 17 18 35 36 -
1999-00 Team Volga Junior League (Juniors)5 4 2 6 4 -
1998-99 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)19 3 3 6 2 -
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