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Calgary Flames first round pick forced to change league because of school issue


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Josh Tupper
July 5, 2024  (12:09)
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Matvei Gridin
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Calgary Flames prospect Matvei Gridin forced to change teams after failing to make the grade standard.

Matvei Gridin, the Calgary Flames' first-round pick in the 2024 draft, will no longer be attending the University of Michigan as planned. Gridin's grades were not sufficient for him to play for the University of Michigan's hockey team, so he will instead play in the QMJHL next season. Gridin was drafted first overall by Val-d'Or Foreurs in the 2024 Canadian Hockey League import draft, but his rights are expected to be traded to Rimouski Oceanic. Gridin is a talented player who excelled in the USHL, leading the league in scoring with 83 points in 60 games ¹ ².
While this change may come as a surprise to some, it is important to note that academic issues are a common challenge for many student-athletes ¹. Despite this setback, Gridin's hockey career is still on track, and he is expected to thrive in the QMJHL ¹. The Calgary Flames organization is likely to be monitoring Gridin's progress closely, and this change may not be seen as a significant issue for them ¹.

Gridin's situation highlights the challenges that many young athletes face in balancing their academic and athletic responsibilities ¹. While it can be difficult to navigate these demands, many athletes are able to succeed in both areas with hard work and determination ¹. In Gridin's case, his hockey talent and dedication have earned him a spot in the QMJHL, and he is expected to continue to develop his skills in the league.
In the end, while Gridin's change in plans may be a setback for him personally, it is not expected to have a significant impact on his hockey career. He is still considered a top prospect, and his talent and potential are likely to take him far in the hockey world.
It's obviously not a great sign that Gridin's grades were what held him back from going to the University of Michigan. The reason could be a language barrier, Gridin spent the entirety of his life in Russia, only coming to the USA two years ago after being selected in the USHL draft. He also may not be the smartest crayon in the box.
If Gridin is moved to Rimouski, it will guarantee him a shot at the Memorial Cup, as the team is hosting the event this year.
Source: Blade of Steel
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