Because they both prefer the NHL and North America, obviously!
I haven't watched any KHL games at all so I wouldn't know how well either have played. Statistically though I do think Grabovski should be doing far better, while Kulemin is about on par as to what he usually accumulates.
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.
Grabo always starts slowly. I assume he'll pick it up. In Toronto he's been here for what 4 seasons now. He knows the team in and out. It's usually not an easy transition to go from one team to another in a short amount of time and get comfortable and productive right away.
Malkin only has 11 points in 11 games? Malkin won the scoring race last year in the NHL and someone he beat has 17 points in 9 games. Has Malkin lost his scoring touch? What's going on? He scored at a better pace last year in the NHL, he should have more points.
Thornton only has 5 points in his last 9 games played. This is in the less competitive Swiss league.
Who cares, as long as they put up points in the NHL. I'm not worried about Grabo at all. I remember the year he scored 29 goals, he didn't score 1 until his like 16th game.
It's the typical season start for Grabo, TBH. He may as well play in the KHL for the first month or two (and the last month or two) of every season, and we wouldn't really be missing much. Should the lockout continue, I'm sure he'll start hitting his stride in a month or so.
As for Kulie, numbers look good if he's not playing on Malkin's line, otherwise, 0.5 PPG when you have a PPG linemate is a bit sub par.
A bit OT, but did anyone else when they saw KHL highlights on TSN's play of the day reels?
Kulemin leads his team in +/-, and has recently been playing with Malkin. Set up Malkin for the winning goal last game.
OT: Kuznetsov, Caps prospect has 15 points in 14 games.
FWIW: NHL scouts consider Kuznetsov the #1 ranked prospect outside the NHL in their latest Hockey News top 50 prospects ranking.
Washington stole him #26th overall in 2010 as teams that are unafraid to draft Russians pass on talent in the entry draft. Similarly how Leafs got Kulemin in the 2nd due to his birth certificate, and falling out of the 1st round on his talent.
He potentially could be far better in the NHL than Grabs or Kulemin and might even become an elite NHLer statistically like Datsyuk or Malkin..
An OV -- Backstrom -- Kuznetsov top line might soon become the NHL's most dangerous trio in time.