Mikhail Grabovski Statistics & Scouting Report
Mikhail Grabovski Scouting Report by Gus Katsaros and Ryan Dadoun
Mikhail Grabovski fell back from his 2010-11 highs of 29 goals and 58 points in a season plagued by inconsistency. The 2004 fifth-round pick recorded 12 of his 51 points in the span of six games from Jan. 23 to Feb. 6. A subsequent five-game point streak from Feb. 28 to March 7 corresponded with the time period that saw him ink a five-year/$27.5 million deal. Until the Leafs traded for James Van Riemsdyk, he was the only Maple Leafs player signed through 2016-17. His fitness has improved, which has helped him become a confident shooter and relentless forechecker â€“ especially below the goal line. Although he was limited to 23 goals in 74 contests, Grabovski was economical with his shots and bested Phil Kessel with his 14.1 shooting percentage. The Belorussian is an agile playmaker who is willing to be feisty despite a modest frame. Heâ€™s creative, sometimes to a fault, as he will get caught overhandling the puck and occasionally gets too cute in risky areas. To his credit, he has also learned to better integrate his linemates and make the most of given space. When he doesnâ€™t have the puck, Grabovski has shown an increased commitment to defensive awareness, a byproduct of improved positioning. The 28-year-old will head to good support positions, although he is still guilty of infrequent lapses. Grabovski is well suited for second-line duties, and the Leafs will likely keep him in that role in 2012-13.
Mikhail Grabovski Statistics