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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT: #BLUEPRINT EDITION

Kris Baker from SabresProspects.com profiles Zemgus Girgensons

Friday, 09.20.2013 / 1:42 PM / Features
By Kris Baker  - SabresProspects.com
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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT: #BLUEPRINT EDITION
A three-zone force blending speed and tight checking, Zemgus Girgensons rounds out his power forward tool kit with old-fashioned desire and an ability to score. The 2012 first-rounder toiled in the AHL as an 18-year old in 2012-13, collecting 20 points (9+11) in 64 games including the playoffs. Perhaps more important than any offensive statistics, though, was his clear adjustment to the speed and physical style of the pro game. \r\n

ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS

The Present
A three-zone force blending speed and tight checking, Zemgus Girgensons rounds out his power forward tool kit with old-fashioned desire and an ability to score. The 2012 first-rounder toiled in the AHL as an 18-year old in 2012-13, collecting 20 points (9+11) in 64 games including the playoffs. Perhaps more important than any offensive statistics, though, was his clear adjustment to the speed and physical style of the pro game.

Girgensons sees the ice well, has excellent lateral movement, and takes the puck to the net with authority. But his greatest asset comes in the form of a no-quit work ethic. He fearlessly enters traffic to make a play. He supplies energy by finishing every hit. He gladly slides to block shots. It all added up to Girgensons commanding an increased role on the farm as his rookie year progressed. Continuing to lead by example while refining his high level of skill under Ron Rolston’s staff should bode well for both team and player for many years to come.

The Future
The hard-driving Girgensons is front and center as the Sabres solidify a new core up front. Whether it’s as a centerman or a winger, his talent and intensity should develop into a top-six NHL forward who can provide consistent physical play, spark his club with a much-needed goal, and hop over the boards for key defensive zone starts. Forecasting elite offensive production could be risky, but the thought is that Girgensons’ success will be fueled by effort and attitude similar to Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, making him a valuable piece to a team looking to become difficult to play against.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82