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Islander Prophet 01-25-2013 10:48 AM

Emergence of Michael Grabner
 
I know its still early in the season, but what a performance he is putting on this year!

After a great rookie season and a terrible second season, it seems he has elevated his game to a whole new level. He plays with energy every shift and seems like he wants to win more than ever. If this keeps up, we could have ourselves quite a team this year!

:handclap:

Strummergas 01-25-2013 10:52 AM

As a self-admitted "late starter", Grabner looks real good to start this season. Maybe playing in Europe since the fall allowed him to get himself going without floundering hear on the Isles? Either that or with a couple of seasons under his belt now, Grabner has refined his game to be more effective from the get-go. Well, either way keep it up Grabs!

19NYSports91 01-25-2013 10:55 AM

And I wanted to trade him for a defenseman. He looks like a different player so far, hopefully he can keep it up.

CREW99AW 01-25-2013 10:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Streit Power (Post 58309771)
I know its still early in the season, but what a performance he is putting on this year!

After a great rookie season and a terrible second season, it seems he has elevated his game to a whole new level. He plays with energy every shift and seems like he wants to win more than ever. If this keeps up, we could have ourselves quite a team this year!

:handclap:



I'm glad for Grabs. Maybe he can end the 'one trick pony' label, that so many have rushed to pin on him.;)

Homeland Security 01-25-2013 11:07 AM

He looks good so far. Hopefully he keeps it going.

VirginiaMtlExpat 01-25-2013 11:17 AM

Couldn't help but notice in the stats column, and picked him up in my fantasy team. I could see him displacing Okposo on the top line. The problem is he's so valuable to the PK, that it's unlikely for him to be an integral part of the PP.

Yammer 01-25-2013 11:33 AM

Always liked the kid, had a bit of a Pavel Bure vibe with the blazing acceleration. Wish it had worked out for him in Vancity but glad he's having success over there.

19NYSports91 01-25-2013 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by VirginiaMtlExpat (Post 58311567)
Couldn't help but notice in the stats column, and picked him up in my fantasy team. I could see him displacing Okposo on the top line. The problem is he's so valuable to the PK, that it's unlikely for him to be an integral part of the PP.

I don't see that happening, Grabner is at LW not RW. I could see boyes being on the top line though.

A Pointed Stick 01-25-2013 11:41 AM

So, sophomore slump, and now back to being a real threat?

Dan-o16 01-25-2013 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by 19NYSports91 (Post 58312917)
I don't see that happening, Grabner is at LW not RW. I could see boyes being on the top line though.

I agree. Besides, the first line plays a completely different style than Fransie's line. The top line goes in deep and cycle whereas Fransie's line plays more of a trap-counterattack style. Grabner makes much more sense on Fransie's line.

Cheers,

Dan-o

Bunk Moreland 01-25-2013 11:58 AM

He's a notorious late started so maybe playing in Austria helped him get off to this hot start.. He's been solid on the PK also.

Metnut 01-25-2013 12:03 PM

Last time Graber played awesome we went on a big time second half winning streak. Having Grab and JT has a dual scoring threat makes us dangerous.

13th Floor 01-25-2013 01:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Metnut (Post 58314159)
Last time Graber played awesome we went on a big time second half winning streak. Having Grab and JT has a dual scoring threat makes us dangerous.

...makes us competitive*

SLAPSHOT723 01-25-2013 01:02 PM

Sophomore slumps do happen. He may not score 34 goals again, but he's going to be a threat again.

JTforPres2012 01-25-2013 01:07 PM

I thought he's been great so far this season, probably the the best player IMO besides a lack-luster 1st period vs. the Devils, but every time I watch him play, it just makes me laugh how he'll creep across the blue line and wait for a breakaway. At least he's still got the confidence to make such moves.

KrisBeKreame 01-25-2013 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by SLAPSHOT723 (Post 58316955)
Sophomore slumps do happen. He may not score 34 goals again, but he's going to be a threat again.

HeY, hes on an 80 point pace!!:nod:.......Playing 48 games.

RWWallpaper 01-25-2013 01:51 PM

If there's one thing this team simply cannot part with are young guys with speed and the ability to score...Players like that are few and far between in our organization.

BillD 01-25-2013 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 19NYSports91 (Post 58312917)
I don't see that happening, Grabner is at LW not RW. I could see boyes being on the top line though.

Grabs can and has played either wing. He is better suited to pairing with Frans than JT as the Frans line s more of a defense-transition line on the rush where JT/MM try to possess the puck on the cycle.

JetsMetsIsles 01-25-2013 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by BillD (Post 58326265)
Grabs can and has played either wing. He is better suited to pairing with Frans than JT as the Frans line s more of a defense-transition line on the rush where JT/MM try to possess the puck on the cycle.

Thats what I was thinking too. Really JT can play with anyone but on the JT line he wouldn't be able to utilize his speed as much. With Neilsen he plays good D and is available for that long outlet pass breakaway.

InformTheMasses 01-25-2013 04:09 PM

So you have 2 players on 2 different lines being offensive catalysts and leading 2 productive lines.... then you want to put them together and switch what side of the ice one plays on?


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