Toronto Maple Leafs: Is the Mikhail Grabovski Line the Best 2nd Unit in the NHL?

January 9th, 2011 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Prior to the Toronto Maple Leafs' tilt against the Atlanta Thrashers Friday night I was a guest of Louis Pisano on “Get The Puck Out” which airs on, where, amongst other things, Lou and I debated the validity of Toronto’s second line of Mikhail Grabovski, Clarke MacArthur and Nikolai Kulemin being the NHL’s best second unit.

Low and behold, Grabovski, Kulemin and MacArthur went out and scored a combined six goals and 10 points against the Thrashers, helping the Maple Leafs pound a very good Atlanta squad by a final score of 9-3.

MacArthur and Grabovski are first and second in scoring for the Maple Leafs this season, with 33 and 32 points, respectively. Kulemin is close behind with 29 points, which gives the Maple Leafs second unit a combined 94 points on the season.

There may very well be a second line or two that has more offensive output than the Maple Leafs trio, but none of those lines were as unexpected as the Maple Leafs trio of Grabovski, MacArthur and Kulemin, especially by Leaf fans.

Rewind back to last summer. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was preparing to re-sign Nikolai K ...

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