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03-18-2013, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by HockeyThoughts View Post
I wrote this post on the Trade Rumors & Proposals forum and it seems pretty well suited for this thread:

This is a myth that was started by Ron Wilson and has been disproven by posters on the Leafs forum time and time again. Prior to this season, they had been kept apart in the same way that Phil Kessel & Nazem Kadri are currently being kept apart. Before this season, Mikhail Grabovski was our 2nd best scoring threat (behind Kessel) and he was able to generate offense on his own separate line alongside Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur. However, with the emergence of offensive wizard, Kadri, the addition of JVR and return of Lupul we are now getting scoring from all over.

I think at the very least we need to try the two players (Kessel & Grabovski) on a line for an extended period of time before completing dismissing the theory as impossible. They both play an intense speed game, Grabovski is reliable defensively and Kessel has evolved into one of the league's elite playmaking wingers. Kessel is an equal threat to pass and shoot, Grabovski falls in the same boat but opts to shoot more and JVR thus far has been the best garbage scorer on our team. Moreover, I remember Grabovski being a pretty apt playmaker in his career season in the 10/11 campaign. Perhaps he opts to shoot because he has lost trust in his linemates to score? Kulemin hasn't looked the same on the offensive side of the puck since that season, Frattin was too green in his extended time on Grabovski's line last season and McClement is a defensive specialist.

I think a line of:

Could possibly re-surge Grabovski's offensive prowess and put Bozak in a much more suitable position in the process (Centering a shutdown line of Kulemin-Bozak-MacArthur).
A myth is a story that's handed down. I stated my observations. I'm open to counter arguments, but you'll need to state or reference them. Just because they exist is not reason enough to discredit my opinion.

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