Mikhail Grabovski: Second-Line Centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

September 4th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
They say in order to determine a person’s future the best indicator is their past. For Mikhail Grabovski, his past is spotty at best, which begs the question, does he deserve a shot at the Toronto Maple Leafs' second line centre job?

Through 137 career games as a Maple Leaf, “Grabo” has accumulated a total of 30 goals and 83 points.

Along the way, Grabo has demonstrated an ability to create offense and a nose for the net.

Unfortunately, Grabo has also demonstrated a number of bad characteristics, including mediocre play in the defensive zone, a penchant for holding onto the puck, and a compete level that often comes in spurts.

With youngsters such as Nazem Kadri nipping at Grabovski’s heals for the No. 2 centre job, it is tough to say whether Grabovski will emerge as the No. 2 pivot.

With 164 career NHL games under his belt, Grabovski brings some much needed experience to the Leafs' lineup down the middle. With sophomore Tyler Bozak (37 career NHL games) and Kadri (one career NHL game), there is little doubt that Grabovski’s experience will be a factor when determining the Leafs' No. 2 pivot.< ...

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