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IGOR GRIGORENKO
Igor Grigorenko
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 5’11” / 183 lbs.
Birthdate: April 09, 1983
Hometown: Togliatti, Russia
Acquired: Selected in Round 2 (No. 62 overall) in 2001 draft
Team: Samara (Russian Second Level)
CSS Ranking: No. 25 among European skaters
Departed: 2008 (became free agent)

STORIES

HISTORY AND HIGHLIGHTS
The Red Wings had an outright steal when they nabbed Grigorenko with a second-round pick (62nd overall) in 2001 … Blossomed into a top-line sniper with Lada Togliatti in the Russian Super League in 2002-03 as he matured physically to the 200-pound range … Virtually willed Russia to a gold medal at the 2003 world junior championship, earning championship-game MVP, tournament all-star and top forward honors … Looked ready for NHL duty when he played on a line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk at the 2003 world championship, producing a goal and two assists in seven games … Ranked the NHL’s 13th-best prospect by The Hockey News in 2003 … On the verge of signing with the Red Wings, Grigorenko suffered a broken left femur and two fractures in his left tibia in a May 16 car accident … Suffered a life-threatening fat embolism in his lung while in the hospital but recovered … Began his comeback in December of 2003, appearing in six games at Russia’s third level before having surgery to lessen pain in his toes and having a steel rod removed from his femur … Stated midway through 2004-05 he was at “65 percent” away from his pre-accident form … Got back into the Russian Super League in 2004-05 and actually posted a career-best 34 points in 2005-06 with Cherepovets and worked his way back onto Team Russia for the 2006 world championship … Described by the Red Wings as being at “85 percent” of his pre-accident form in 2006 … Injuries from the car accident reportedly robbed Grigorenko of his ability to properly train on his left leg, which hindered his skating explosiveness and reduced his top speed by a few gears, while making it difficult to get in top condition … Signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings for 2007-08, hoping he might crack the NHL, but wasn’t in good enough shape, tipping the scales at more than 210 pounds, and couldn’t keep up with the pace of the game … Spent five games in the AHL with Grand Rapids on a salary of about $70,000, but exercised an out-clause in his contract to return to the Russian Super League for a $1-million tax-free salary with Salavat Yulaev Ufa … A prospect who leaves the hockey world wondering what might have been, if not for a terrible car accident.

RWC SCOUTING EXCERPTS
A stocky, speedy bull with prototypical Russian 1-on-1 skills … Outstanding competitiveness and intensity … Willing to go through defenders to get to the net but capable of going around them with his skill, making him difficult to stop … Great finisher and playmaker … Sometimes undisciplined.

RWC SCOUT QUOTES
“He’s the prototypical, highly skilled European player that just needs to gain strength. We liked his offensive skills, but we also liked the fact he competes and isn’t afraid get his nose in there.” — Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill (2001) … “I think my first report said, ‘Good high-skilled player with speed, possible first-rounder.’ The next report said, ‘Will go in the first round.’ I never dreamed we’d get him.” — Red Wings scout Hakan Andersson (2001) … “He (said) he is going to be better than he was before (the car accident). That’s his comment, so that’s great. But who knows.” — Red Wings scout Joe McDonnell (2004) … “He’s playing well, but his skating is a step behind. His hands are working fine and he’s still really strong on his feet, but he used to have a real quick step out of the corner and that extra speed to break away from people. He hasn’t gotten that back yet … He’s a very motivated, driven guy. That’s what, up until the accident, separated him from others. And he still has that in him. That’s what we think is going to get him over this hump. He has a lot of years ahead of him.” — Nill (2004) … “He’s starting to get his step back, which is important for him. We’re thinking he’s 85 per cent of what he was.” — Nill (2005) … “His whole thing will be his skating. We’ve heard his hands have come back, he’s got great hockey sense, but now, it’s if his skating can come back to the level that it was.” — Nill (2006) … “He now knows what the NHL is all about. I think if he gets in better shape and gets a quick step … he’s got hands, he’s got hockey sense. But he’s got to give himself a chance to play to his strengths. If you can’t get to the puck … ” — Red Wings GM Ken Holland (2007) … “I think it’s time to move on.” — Holland (2008).

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 1998-1999 Lada Togliatti-2 Russia3 19 3 3 6 2 |          
 1999-2000 Lada Togliatti-2 Russia3 38 17 17 34 36 |          
 2000-2001 CSK VVS Samara Russia2 39 10 10 20 88 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 6 6 4 10 8 |          
 2001-2002 Lada Togliatti Russia 42 8 9 17 58 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
  Russia U20 WJC-20 7 1 2 3 4 |          
 2002-2003 Lada Togliatti Russia 47 19 11 30 82 | Playoffs 10 1 6 7 10 
  Russia U20 WJC-20 6 6 4 10 4 |          
  Russia EHT 10 5 1 6 8 |          
  Russia WC 7 2 1 3 16 |          
 2003-2004 Lada Togliatti Russia 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Lada Togliatti-2 Russia3 8 2 3 5 0 |          
 2004-2005 Lada Togliatti Russia 11 0 1 1 6 |          
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa Russia 30 11 7 18 22 |          
 2005-2006 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 50 13 20 33 26 | Playoffs 4 1 1 2
  Russia EHT 4 1 0 1 6 |          
  Russia WC 7 1 2 3 8 |          
 2006-2007 Lada Togliatti Russia 49 14 13 27 71 | Playoffs 2 2 1 3
 2007-2008 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 5 0 0 0 4 |          
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa Russia 27 4 6 10 24 | Playoffs 5 0 1 1
 2008-2009 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 36 2 8 10 10 | Playoffs 1 0 1 1
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa-2 Russia3 1 1 0 1 0 |          
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa Champions HL 5 1 2 3 2 |          
 2009-2010 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 55 22 14 36 40 | Playoffs 15 5 4 9
 2010-2011 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 44 24 16 40 30 | Playoffs 21 9 6 15
  Russia EHT 3 1 1 2 27 |          
 2011-2012 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 44 19 15 34 29 | Playoffs 6 1 0 1
 2012-2013 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 12 1 4 5 18 |          
  CSKA Moskva KHL 28 4 2 6 20 | Playoffs 9 2 0 2
 2013-2014 CSKA Moskva KHL 54 13 14 27 60 | Playoffs 4 1 1 2
  CSKA Moskva Spengler Cup 4 2 1 3 4 |          
 2014-2015 CSKA Moskva KHL 30 14 13 27 22 |          

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