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10-06-2008, 12:33 PM
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Grabovsky is a unique talent. He has wheels and the ability to get in the corners, retrieve the puck and make a solid play.

What will be a problem is finding players that are able to play with him as most wingers benefit greatly from having a playmaking centre rather than a pure scorer. Successful playmaking wingers are hard to come by, especially on the Leafs.

Also, with details of what happened last year aside, I find it confusing to read that some Habs fans feel he wouldn't be a good option on the third line, which many feel will be a scoring line. With 10-13 minutes a night and the occasional PP opportunity, Grabovsky would be fine in that role; possibly chipping in 40-50 points. IMO, he's better than Lang in pure ability but doesn't bring the intangibles that Lang has after many years in the league.

But regardless, the Habs are a young team and should have given Grabovsky the chance to be the third line centre. He most likely would have grown with everyone else and become a dynamic secondary scorer. He's not soft and he's not afraid to muck it up on the ice. What more could you want?

With that said, I'm happy he's a Leaf. He does not have first line potential but will be great on the second or third line once the Leafs acquire more players through draft, trade, or free agency during their rebuild. He definitely can't be relied upon to carry the offense but such is the state of the team.

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