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10-06-2008, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by WeThePeople View Post
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.
Enjoy Grabs. He is talented without a doubt, but there are some huge flaws in his game. It's not like the Habs completely shut the door on developing him, he just didn't win a spot here. The main issue with him was that he was so easily pushed off the puck. He wasn't soft, but he sure was easy to disposses because of his lack of strength. As a result, he didn't have the puck enough to fully show off his talent in the games he played last year. Maybe he's improved in this area, but Leaf fans should wait until he plays against a full line-up of NHL defencemen before determining whether or not he will be an effective scoring line player in this league. The player I saw last year has a lot of developing to do, which is why the Habs chose to go with a more established (though declining) player at the position.

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