Grabner's Ice Time?
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03-08-2013, 02:50 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
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Bailey is a better hockey player than Grabner is. Almost all of Grabner's chances come from his speed and that's it. I rarely see him control the puck well in the offensive zone, he's soft and doesn't hit ever, his shot isn't very good, his hands aren't very good, etc.
He could get better, and I think he has this season from last, but Bailey is a much better playmaker and has more hockey sense than Grabner does. I firmly believe that if Bailey had another player who was actually good, you'd see his scoring go up tremendously and he'd put up a lot of points.
With that said, Grabner does deserve top 6 minutes and I'd prefer to see him out there instead of the turnover machine that is Okposo.
There is just about no way anyone can come close to saying that Josh Bailey is a better hockey player than Michael Grabner. All Grabner does in his pathetically limited icetime is produce goals and goals and goals.
Goals and points are hardly everything, but Bailey has 48 goals and 124 points in 305 NHL games, while Grabner has 69 goals and 108 points in
fewer games than Josh Bailey. When the goal and point differential is that stark, it kind of speaks for itself without getting into all the things a player does on the ice. Especially when one of those players is Josh Bailey, who is a total non factor on both sides of the puck on as many or more nights as any player on the team right now.
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