News:Mikhail Grabovski has reportedly admitted that he bit Montreal forward Max Pacioretty in a game on Feb. 9, reports TSN.ca, which cited Dmitry Chesnokov, a Russian-American writer with Yahoo! Sports. "(Pacioretty) was choking me and I bit him," said Grabovski. "Don't stick your hands where you shouldn't."
Analysis: After the incident, the NHL didn't hand down any supplemental discipline because it couldn't determine if there was a bite or not. Honestly comes later, we guess. "To be honest with you he was choking me pretty hard, to the point where I really couldn't breathe," continued Grabo. "And I couldn't pull his hand away at all. I tried to hit him with my other hand, but I couldn't because he was choking me. There was nothing left to do but bite him." We wonder if the league will reconsider its stance and levy something that will be effective to start next season
News:Mikhail Grabovski snapped a 10-game scoreless stretch when he potted his ninth of the season in Tuesday's loss to Washington.
Analysis: It went in off his leg, but who cares -- a goal is a goal. Grabo has been a disappointment this season and is due for a rebound for 2013-14... if he gets moved to a new locale.
News:Mikhail Grabovski (stomach ailment) finished plus-1 in 16:49 in Saturday's win over Montreal.
Analysis: He didn't have the nasty edge he usually does when he plays his former team, but he was effective nonetheless. Hopefully he can find a way to manage his ailment and get his game back, but it might not happen for this season.
News:Mikhail Grabovski (stomach ailment) was on the ice for the Leafs' Saturday morning skate, TSN.ca reports, but his status for Saturday night's game is still unknown.
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski underwent a barrage of tests during the week but the team hasn't received all the results just yet. While skating Saturday is a positive sign, the Leafs aren't going to play him unless they are certain he will be fine for now and the playoffs.
Leafs' Grabovski: Tests On Mystery Stomach Problem
News:Mikhail Grabovski stayed in New York for medical testing to try to determine the cause of a prolonged stomach ailment, reports the Toronto Star. "He's had some gastrointestinal issues where we've noticed that he's lost some weight in the last little while and he's been getting an assessment there," said Leafs' coach Randy Carlyle.
Analysis: Grabo's agent Gary Greenstin told the Star on Friday that his client is "fine" and that testing is going well. There's no timetable on Mikhail Grabovski's return so consider him questionable for Saturday's match against the Habs.
News:Mikhail Grabovski was selected to participate in the shootout Wednesday night against the Rangers. He had been demoted to the fourth line earlier in the game.
Analysis: He is clearly not a Randy Carlyle favorite and his ice time and motivation clearly reflect that. He has just one assist in his last seven games and has almost no fantasy relevance in his current role.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal in Saturday's win over Boston. He now has a goal in each of his last two games.
Analysis: Prior to this two-game stretch, he'd gone 10 games without a snipe. He's clearly not a favorite of coach Randy Carlyle and he may need a change of scenery to deliver at a pace similar to his usual production.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored the game-winning goal in Monday's 4-2 victory over Philadelphia. He now has three goals in his last four games.
Analysis: He's finally heating up; mind you, he only played 13:36 in the game. We're almost ready to suggest you can activate him. Almost.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored his fifth goal of the season in Saturday's loss to Ottawa. He now has two goals in his last three games.
Analysis: He was still horrible in the face-off circle, winning just 43.8 percent of his draws, but it's nice to see a sign of offensive life. We're still not prepared to give you a green light for activation just yet -- he doesn't seem to be all-in right now.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored his first goal in 12 games in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning. It's just his second point in that same span.
Analysis: He's been tabbed as the Leafs' top checker and he's thrown himself wholeheartedly into that role. But we still think that's only an excuse for an ice-cold start. Even the best two-way checking blankets -- think Pavel Datsyuk, for example -- still manage to play a 200-foot game. Keep him stapled to your bench.
News:Mikhail Grabovski has just one point -- an assist -- in the Leafs' last 10 games. He has assumed the role of number one checking center under coach Randy Carlyle and is focused on doing what it takes "to make the playoffs," according to the Toronto Star.
Analysis: "I scored goals before," said Mikhail Grabovski. "Right now, the whole team has one plan: We need to make the playoffs. We'll do what's best for us. The coach is giving everybody a chance to play ... Right now it's kind of working. Happy for my team." He's getting the assignment to check the opposition's top players so downgrade him from a fantasy perspective while he works in this capacity.
News: The NHL will not suspend Mikhail Grabovski for allegedly biting Montreal's Max Pacioretty during a Saturday scuffle, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The league ruled Monday that there was no conclusive evidence that Mikhail Grabovski bit Pacioretty. Grabovski -- who was assessed a 10-minute misconduct and a roughing minor after the Saturday incident -- checks in with five points in 12 games to date.
News:Mikhail Grabovski was not at practice Monday morning as he awaits his hearing about disciplinary action that may come as a result of an alleged bite on the forearm of the Habs' Max Pacioretty, reports Jonas Siegel of TSN1050.
Analysis: Grabo has been struggling offensively of late, but this alleged biting incident is a new one for sure. During a scrum Saturday night, Pacioretty threw his arm around Grabo's face/mouth from behind and started pulling back. Grabo was seen using two hands to try to pry Pacioretty's arm off his face. Regardless of the discipline, you should be sitting the speedy center. He's pointless in seven games.
Leafs' Grabovski Set For Hearing With League Monday
News:Mikhail Grabovski has a hearing with the NHL on tap Monday morning over an alleged biting incident that occurred Saturday against the Canadiens, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski's hearing was originally slated for Sunday afternoon, but was postponed by a day. Montreal's Max Pacioretty claims that Grabovski bit him on the arm during the third period of Saturday's game.
News:Mikhail Grabovski will be the subject of an NHL disciplinary hearing Sunday for what appeared to be a biting motion on the arm of the Canadiens' Max Pacioretty on Saturday, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.ca
Analysis: Pacioretty claims Mikhail Grabovski bit him on the arm during the third period of Saturday's game. If the NHL determines Grabovski did indeed bite Pacioretty, a short suspension will likely be in order.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal and added an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Penguins. The points were his first of the season.
Analysis: Coach Randy Carlyle juggled lines before the game -- after he called out Mikhail Grabovski and a few of his mates -- and Grabo skated with James van Riemsdyk and Nikolai Kulemin. The trio showed immediate chemistry and if they stick together, Grabovski and his owners will benefit tremendously.
News:Mikhail Grabovski returned to practice on Friday for the first time since returning from Russia and according to Dave Hilson of the Toronto Sun, "looked to be in good form as [he] participated in drills and a scrimmage that, in total, lasted approximately two hours."
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski had 24 points in 29 games for CSKA Moscow, and the Leafs will be looking for a continuation of that kind of play from the center who, though signing a lucrative contract extension last season, also saw his numbers drop last season.
News:Mikhail Grabovski has elected to join CSKA Moscow rather than Dinamo Minsk during the NHL lockout, R-Sport reports.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Mikhail Grabovski pulled out of negotiations with Dinamo Minsk last week and instead reached a deal with CSKA. Grabovski had previously played for Russian teams Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Dynamo Moscow before heading to North America in 2006.
News:Mikhail Grabovski is set to sign with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL, the Toronto Sun reports.
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski was practicing with the Maple Leafs as of Tuesday, but plans to return home to Belarus on Monday before finalizing his deal with Dinamo Minsk. He'll be eligible to return to Toronto once the lockout ends.
News:Mikhail Grabovski (leg) is still sore and won't play Thursday against the Lightning, the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski remains day-to-day, as the Leafs approach Saturday's season finale against Montreal.
News:Mikhail Grabovski, who sustained a cut to his leg Saturday, will likely be back by the end of the week, Toronto Globe & Mail writer James Mirtle reports.
Analysis: The Leafs are down to their last three games, but the reports suggests that, at the very least, Mikhail Grabovski is iffy for Tuesday's game against the Sabres.
News:Mikhail Grabovski is listed as day-to-day with after sustaining a cut to his leg Saturday, Toronto Globe & Mail writer James Mirtle reports.
Analysis: The Leafs have called up Joe Colborne to provide added depth up front, with Mikhail Grabovski ailing.
News:Mikhail Grabovski sustained a leg laceration in the third period against Buffalo on Saturday and was unable to return, according to TSN.ca.
Analysis: There have been no further updates yet, so consider Mikhail Grabovski day-to-day for now. If he can play, you'll want him active, so keep checking back with the Leafs' lineup reports.
News:Mikhail Grabovski picked up a whopping 25 penalty minutes in penalties in Saturday's win over Ottawa. He came into the game with just 20 PIMs on the season.
Analysis: His hands are far more valuable for scoring than punching but he sure used them with good effect against the Sens' Chris Neil. He picked up a fighting major and game misconduct for the tilt, and another game misconduct for what was deemed an illegal tiedown on his jersey which allowed it come off too easily. He finished plus-1 but saw his two-game point streak snapped.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored his 22nd goal of the season in a loss Tuesday to Florida.
Analysis: He, like the rest of the Leafs, had been held off the board in two straight shutouts over the weekend. And while they didn't win Tuesday, they at least found some offense. Grabo has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last eight games.
News:Mikhail Grabovski extended his current point streak to five games and seven points (three goals, four assists) with an assist in Wednesday's loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: He went through quite an offensive drought in February but has gone on a real tear. He's still on pace to best his highs of last season (58 points) but he almost certainly won't match his 29 goals. Still, he's a solid fantasy contributor right now and should be activate.
News:Mikhail Grabovski extended his point streak to four games and six points when he scored a goal in Tuesday's loss to Boston.
Analysis: He has three goals and three assists in those four games and clearly seems to appreciate the coaching of Randy Carlyle -- Grabo has three goals in the two games since Carlyle's arrival. Roll him while he's streaking.
Contract Specifics For Toronto's Grabovski Available
News: The five-year extension Mikhail Grabovski signed with Toronto is worth $27.5 million over five years, Toronto Globe and Mail writer James Mirtle reports.
Analysis: The deal is worth a bit more than what conventional wisdom anticipated, so Toronto is evidently banking on Mikhail Grabovski maintaining the elevated production he has shown this year.
News: Toronto signed Mikhail Grabovski to a five-year extension Tuesday, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Analysis: Dollar figures have not been disclosed, but it is believed to be between $4 and $5 million per season. With 45 points (20 goals) in 59 games, he's in the midst of what could turn out to be a career year up to this point. The contract seals his position as the Leafs' second-line center moving forward.
News:Mikhail Grabovski snapped a 14-game goal drought with two snipes, including one on the power play, in Saturday's win over Montreal.
Analysis: He also picked up an assist and his first goal stood up as the winner. We did notice he has a brand-new batch of sticks and he likely believes they helped him break that slump. We don't care what snapped it but we'll take it. By the way, he's on a three-game scoring streak (two goals, four assists). Get him back in there.
News:Mikhail Grabovski snagged an assist in Wednesday's loss to Chicago but finished the month of February -- a stretch of 14 games -- without a goal.
Analysis: There were earlier murmurs of his extreme dissatisfaction with a recent batch of sticks -- we all know how superstitious hockey players are. This streak is likely all in his head but it has rendering him useless in a lot of fantasy formats.
News:Mikhail Grabovski picked up an assist in Tuesday's loss to Florida. It's just his second point in his last 10 games.
Analysis: He's in a major slump -- he hasn't scored a goal in the 13 games he played in February and he's stuck at 41 points. You have to use someone else right now.
News:Mikhail Grabovski's assist Tuesday snapped a six-game point drought for the center.
Analysis: The slump equaled his longest of the season but things should pick up from here. The point was his 40th. Get ready to stick him back into your lineup.
News:Mikhail Grabovski was held off the score sheet Saturday in Vancouver and is mired in a six-game point drought.
Analysis: He was flat-out robbed by Roberto Luongo at one point Saturday and it's obvious his frustration is mounting. He has been unhappy with his latest batch of sticks and you know how that goes -- if you don't score right after you get a new stick, it gets in your head. Let's hope he gets it out of his head quick. Sit him while he's slumping.
News:Mikhail Grabovski assisted on two of Toronto's six goals in Monday's win over Edmonton, extending a points streak to six games.
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski caught fire last year around this time and he has 12 points in the last six games. He's notoriously streaky, but when he is a on, there are few that can be as productive.
News:Mikhail Grabovski tallied an assist in Saturday's win over the Senators. His point streak now stands at five games.
Analysis: He has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in those five games. Grabo has been electric of late and should be active in all formats.
News:Mikhail Grabovski's scoring streak now stands at four games and nine points after he set up the Leafs' only goal in a win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Analysis: He's selling the sizzle and the steak right now. Enjoy the ride but beware the possibility of a trade. He certainly won't get the same type of opportunity with a true contender as he does with the Leafs. And that means his value could decline. Slide that into your back pocket -- you may not need it but you might decide to examine your own trade options should he get shipped somewhere else.
News:Mikhail Grabovski was the best player on the ice Tuesday night in an OT loss to the Penguins. He scored two goals and added an assist.
Analysis: He's on a three-game, eight-point scoring streak and he's sniped home eight goals in 12 games in January. He also has eight assists in those 12 games to make him one of the hottest scorers for the month. Take advantage.
News:Mikhail Grabovski was named the league's first star of the week for the three-day stretch leading into the All-Star break.
Analysis: He had five points (one goal, four assists) in back-to-back wins over the Islanders including a dominating four-point effort in the Leafs' last game before the break. Grabo is an unrestricted free agent this summer and could end up as trade bait before the deadline should the Leafs decide he might be too expensive going forward. Stay tuned.
News:Mikhail Grabovski had an outstanding fantasy night Tuesday. He factored in all four Toronto goals on Long Island and finished with a goal and three assists.
Analysis: It's just his second career four-point game -- the first came on March 21, 2009. January has been kind to Grabo. He has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 11 games as rumors of a possible trade swirl around Toronto. He's a great fantasy play right now and he's clearly showing off his talents for interested teams.
News:Mikhail Grabovski registered a goal in Thursday's win over Minnesota, his second tally in over a four-game span.
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski's been playing strong hockey since the calendar turned to 2012 and Thursday's goal snapped a small two-game scoring drought. He finished last season strong and there's a chance he'll do the same this year.
News:Mikhail Grabovski was the best Leaf on the ice Friday against Buffalo. He scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 loss.
Analysis: He's been outstanding since the turn of the calendar with four goals and three assists in five games. He could still have a 55-point season in him; roll him as if he did.
News:Mikhail Grabovski potted his 13th goal of the season in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: He has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his last 16 games and nine (five goals, four assists) in his last eight. After a slow start to the year, Mikhail Grabovski is poised for a big second half.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal and added an assist Thursday in a win over Winnipeg. It's his second-straight two-point game.
Analysis: He has eight points in his last six games and is as productive as any center in the league right now. Use him while he's streaking.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's win over Tampa.
Analysis: He now has six points in his last five games and is clearly starting to heat up after a relatively sluggish start to the season. Make sure you have him in there.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored twice Tuesday in a 5-3 loss to Florida. One of the goals came on the power play.
Analysis: They are his ninth and 10th goals of the season. He's well off his goal and point pace of last season but he does have three goals and two helpers in his last six games. This may be the start of a bit more consistency.
News:Mikhail Grabovski picked up an assist in Monday's shootout loss to the Kings.
Analysis: He has just 15 points in 27 games, including five in his last eight. He is a marginal activation right now, though -- there are plenty of centers who are performing far better.
News:Mikhail Grabovski picked up a helper in Tuesday's loss to New Jersey.
Analysis: He had missed Monday's game due to the birth of his second child and was running on fumes after the baby arrived around midnight. His pass was a smart play to allow Matt Frattin to explode wide down the left wing; Frattin finished the play with a rip off the far post and in. He has points in three straight; roll him just like you usually do.
News:Mikhail Grabovski will return to the lineup Tuesday night against New Jersey after missing Monday's game due to the birth of his child, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Use Mikhail Grabovski as you normally would against a mediocre Devils team that ranks 18th in the NHL in goals against average.
News:Mikhail Grabovski, who missed Monday's game due to the birth of his second child, returns to the lineup Tuesday when the Leafs take on the Devils, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: He'll end up missing just the one game, while he'll try to build off his two-game goal streak.
News:Mikhail Grabovski missed Monday's game against the Rangers because of the imminent birth of his child, according to reports on Toronto's AM640.
Analysis: Labor came hard and fast on Monday and Grabo had to leave the dad's road trip to charter back to Toronto for the birth. His availability for Tuesday's game against the Devils will likely be determined by the length of the labor and delivery. Find someone else for Tuesday as a precaution.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored the Leafs' lone goal Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins.
Analysis: He has goals in back-to-back games and seven on the season. Get him back in there for next week's contests.
News:Mikhail Grabovski potted his first goal in seven games in Wednesday's loss to Boston, his first tally since returning from a leg injury.
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski has six goals on the season and 11 points in 20 contests overall. He has been a streaky player throughout his career, but he will see his chances to score and secure the Stanley Cup that belongs to the Leafs.
News:Mikhail Grabovski (leg) has been activated from the injured reserve and is available for Sunday's game against Anaheim, reports .
Analysis: There's no word whether he'll be in there against the Ducks so keep him on your bench as a precaution.
News:Mikhail Grabovski (leg) is at least a week away from a return to action, according to Toronto's Sportsnet 590 The Fan.
Analysis: The news came out after practice Thursday. Grabo is one tough customer but the Leafs appear as though they'll err on the side of caution with him.
News:Mikhail Grabovski (leg) took part in Thursday's practice and is considered questionable to play Sunday against the Stars, James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail reports.
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski was expected to miss at least a couple weeks after being injured in mid-November, but it now looks like he could be back in less than two. Expect another update on Grabovski's status in advance of Sunday's game.
News: Head coach Ron Wilson expects Mikhail Grabovski to miss "at least" two weeks with a leg injury suffered in Tuesday's game, James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail reports.
Analysis: The Maple Leafs have not announced any other details regarding the injury, but the length of Mikhail Grabovski's expected absence could have him ticketed for injured reserve. Expect an update on Grabovski's status once more information becomes available.
News:Mikhail Grabovski injured his right leg in the third period of Tuesday's game and almost immediately retreated to the dressing room.
Analysis: He twisted his right leg/groin in a mid-ice collision and had immediate difficulty putting weight on his leg. He then took one shift to test it and had no jump; he quickly retreated to the dressing room with the trainer. No word if he'll return.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal and added an assist in Wednesday's win over the Devils. The points stretch his current streak to three games and five points.
Analysis: The truly interesting part of the production is that he saw time on the top line with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. It seems like it's just a juggle but it's an interesting notation.
News:Mikhail Grabovski set up both Leafs' goals on Sunday night. One came on the power play.
Analysis: His line with Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur struggled to find the score sheet in the first few games after MacArthur's return. But they've been strong in the last three and Grabo has four points in his last two games. Time to take advantage.
News:Mikhail Grabovski had a two-point night in a win over the Penguins on Saturday.
Analysis: He has been playing very well of late but hadn't picked up any points since last Saturday night. He now has four goals and two helpers in 10 games.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored the game-winning goal Saturday on a beautiful walk-out play from behind Montreal's net. He also added an assist on the night.
Analysis: He came out, spun around to face Carey Price and then roofed it as he was flattened by the Habs' nearest defender. It will make the plays of the night and probably the week. Grabo had been one of the best Leafs on the ice Saturday and it's nice to see him rewarded.
News:Mikhail Grabovski was one of the best Leafs on the ice Thursday. He scored his second goal of the season.
Analysis: Just like Nikolai Kulemin, Grabo has started slowly. But his owners need to take a deep breath and remember he didn't snipe his first goal until his 13th game last season and he had just four points in 10 October games. He finished with 29 goals and 29 assists over the year. Don't sell low.
News:Mikhail Grabovski continues to struggle offensively to start the season. He was held off the scoresheet Monday against Colorado and has just one goal in four games.
Analysis: He failed to even register a shot Monday night, something that leaves him with just seven in four games. His impressive offense from last season was the result of both hard work and ripping a whole lot of rubber at goalies (239 shots). But right now, he's pacing for a meager 144. It's still early but this is worth monitoring.
News:Mikhail Grabovski (foot) played nearly 18 minutes in the Leafs' opener Thursday night.
Analysis: He did not contribute on the score sheet, but won 7-of-12 faceoffs after opening the game as the Leafs' pivot. Even though he's playing after suffering a foot injury last weekend, it's possible that he's still not quite 100 percent.
News:Mikhail Grabovski (foot) does not appear to have broken his foot, according to a report on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
Analysis: He never returned to the game after leaving after the first. He left the arena after Saturday's game with a dress shoe on his left foot and a running shoe on his right, ostensibly to accommodate swelling. We're glad it was just a running shoe and not one of those plastic air casts. Fingers crossed he will only miss the time it takes for his foot to go down and fit back into his skate.
News:Mikhail Grabovski left Saturday's game with a leg injury, the Globe and Mail reports.
Analysis:Mikhail Grabovski took a puck off the inside of his right foot and was limping. He may have either broke something or just suffered a bruise. More should be known in short order.
News:Mikhail Grabovski says he feels fine after being rocked Tuesday night on a hard hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil, reports TSN.ca.
Analysis: Grabo appeared woozy leaving the ice and visited the on-site doctors as per the NHL's concussion policy. He was cleared for a return to action and finished with a goal and two assists in the Leafs' win. Neil was not suspended for the hit.
News:Mikhail Grabovski scored twice Saturday in a preseason loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Neither goal was pretty but they don't have to look good to count. He came within a goal of 30 and two points from 60 last season, and he looks like he could come close to that again this year.
News:Mikhail Grabovski now admits he may have suffered a concussion after two massive hits from Boston's Zdeno Chara on Feb. 15 that made it difficult for him to get back on his skates and to the bench, reports TSN.ca.
Analysis: Grabo miraculously returned later in the same period and scored the winning goal. But he probably shouldn't have been on the ice. "Well, I think I had a mild concussion," he told Dmitry Chesnokov from Yahoo! Sports, the source cited by TSN. "But I recovered pretty quickly. And now I am feeling absolutely fine." This kind of attitude is unbelievably damaging to the NHL and its players; he'll likely face increased scrutiny from both his team and the league if he's hit hard again.
News: Grabovski was named captain of Belarus' entry at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, reports the Canadian Press.
Analysis: He's coming off a career year in which he registered 29 goals and 58 points in 81 games for the Maple Leafs. Belarus finished 10th at last year's tourney.
News: Grabovski scored the game-winner Tuesday against Buffalo.
Analysis: It's his 29th of the season and it gives him four points in his last four games. He seems to be inspired to hit the 30-30 (goals-assists) mark so take full advantage. He has 28 assists.
News: Grabovski notched an assist Thursday in Colorado.
Analysis: He's now tied for the team lead in points (56) with Clarke MacArthur and Phil Kessel, and is tied for 20th in the league in goals with 28. Yes, you read that right. Grabo has become a much better player this season, in large part due to increased maturity that has stripped down his previous selfishness. He's a good bet until season's end.
News: Grabovski snapped a five-game scoring drought with his 28th goal in Tuesday's win over the Wild. He also picked up an assist.
Analysis: Thirty goals are still within in reach. And given the increased level of play from his line, we think he's going to get there sooner rather than later.
News: Grabovski scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Analysis: He has started to warm up again after a month of sporadic performances. He has points (three goals, six helpers) in seven of his last eight games. He should be a solid activation going forward.
News: Grabovski picked up an assist Tuesday night. It was his 50th point of the season.
Analysis: He has points in five of his last six games (one goal, five assists). He has surpassed his previous career best and is still on track to finish with more than 60 points. Use him well.
News: Grabovski scored the game winner in overtime Wednesday night as Toronto downed Pittsburgh 3-2.
Analysis: The goal came off of a great pass from Phil Kessel. Grabovski's been a pleasant surprise this season and has been one of the Buds' best forwards this year. With Toronto playing some of its best hockey right now, Grabovski makes a strong start in deeper fantasy leagues.
News: Grabovski snapped a four-game point drought with an assist Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Analysis: He has still been sharp; he just hasn't gotten the breaks. His 45 points are just three back from his career best of 48; 60 are still within reach this season if he can re-gain some scoring momentum.
News: Grabovski, who absorbed two big hits from Boston's Zdeno Chara on Tuesday, did not suffer a concussion during the Leafs' 4-3 win over the Bruins, the Globe and Mail reports.
Analysis: Grabovski, who finished the game with a pair of goals, appeared stunned after taking the second hit, crumpling the ice, so there was some concern that he had his bell rung. Leafs GM Brian Burke said afterward though that Grabovski would not need to see a specialist Wednesday, given that a concussion had already been ruled out.
News: Grabovski scored twice in Tuesday's win over Boston
Analysis: Grabovski ended a three-game goal skid with a two-point effort, including the game-winner, Tuesday. He's consistently been one of the Leafs strongest players this season despite a few games here and there where he's been quiet. The Leafs are still battling for a playoff spot and Grabovski will continue to factor into their attack.
News: Grabovski posted a goal and an assist in Monday's win over Atlanta, finishing a plus-2.
Analysis: Grabovski's career season continues, with every goal establishing a new personal best for the budding Bud. Expect a few stretches of zeroes, as he has five games sandwiched around two multi-point efforts; but he has proven himself to deliver for owners fortunate enough to grab him.
News: Grabovski potted a goal and an assist Tuesday in a shootout win over Florida. The goal came on the power play.
Analysis: He now has 21 goals, eight of which have come on the power play. The talented center is barging his way to new career heights -- the goal establishes a new career high and he is only nine points from tying his over high in points. And he has accomplished this in just 49 games. He's delivering excellent fantasy value right now and should maintain it going forward.
News: Grabovski registered two goals in the third period of Thursday's win over Anaheim.
Analysis: Few goal scorers in the league have been as hot as Grabovski, as he has 15 markers since December 6 and is helping the Leafs put points on the board and further delude their fans' belief of their team having a shot at the playoffs. Roll him with confidence.
News: Grabovski scored the game-tying goal on the power play with just 13 seconds left on the clock in Saturday's SO loss to the Flames.
Analysis: It's Grabo's 18th of the season and seventh on the PP. He was all over the ice in the last minute and was Johnny-on-the-spot on the right post to bang home the rebound. He has really stepped up his game this season and is now a worthy fantasy consideration, even in head-to-head formats where his consistency has been exceptional.
News: Grabovski picked up an assist Tuesday to stretch his point streak to five games.
Analysis: He has four goals and three helpers in that span and continues to be a leader on the ice for the Buds. He has 18 points in his last 16 games and that makes him a must-roll right now .
News: Grabovski was passed over when the league announced the All-Star rosters for the Jan. 30 game in Raleigh.
Analysis: Phil Kessel was picked to represent the Leafs. It's not a snub but Grabo probably should have been selected instead of the streaky Kessel.
News: Grabovski's assist Monday against the Kings extended his current point streak to four games (four goals, two assists).
Analysis: He has been playing inspired hockey since early December and has been held off the scoresheet just twice in his last 15 games. In that span, he has 12 goals and five assists. Use him with confidence.
News: Grabovski scored two goals and added an assist in Toronto's 9-3 win over Atlanta on Friday night.
Analysis: That makes 12 goals in his last 14 games. Grabovski's having a breakout season fantasy-wise with 17 goals and 15 assists in 39 games.
News: Grabovski scored his 15th goal of the season Thursday night against St. Louis.
Analysis: He has 10 goals in his last 13 games and he's as hot a goal scorer as anyone not named Crosby. He has a role to play in most fantasy formats -- take advantage.
News: Grabovski scored the Leafs' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Bruins on Monday.
Analysis: He remains the Leafs' best player on the ice and in the fantasy arena. He has been held off the scoresheet just twice in his last 12 games.
News: Grabovski may not be available for Thursday's game as he is about to become a father, reports the Toronto Star.
Analysis: "From the sounds of his call, he was pretty excited, so we think he was on his way to the hospital and that his (girlfriend) was in labor and about to give birth," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after Thursday's practice. The Leafs would, of course, like to have him back in the fold early enough to play that same evening but it's unlikely. Roll someone else. And congrats.
News: Grabovski scored his eighth goal in his last 10 games in Tuesday's loss against the Hurricanes. The goal came on the power play.
Analysis: Man, this guy is on fire. Center may be deep but you have to roll him right now. This sniping is insane.
Leafs' Grabovski: Goals In Seven Of Last Eight Games
News: Grabovski scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's loss to Atlanta. Both points were on the power play.
Analysis: He now has a four-game goal and point streak, and has goals in seven of his last eight games. He's hustling and scoring; all he needs to do now is win some faceoffs, something he was completely outmatched on in Monday's game.
News: Grabovski scored the Leafs' only goal in Saturday's loss to the Canucks.
Analysis: He's on a three-game goal streak and has goals in six of his last seven games. He's as hot as they come in blue and white; take advantage.
News: Grabovski netted his 10th goal of the season in Thursday's loss in Calgary.
Analysis: He's been the best Bud on the ice of late, tallying five goals and one assist in his last six games. When he's focused, he's good. And right now, he seems to be just that. Take advantage.
News: Grabovski scored his 7th goal of the season Wednesday night in a 5-2 loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: He saw over 19 minutes of icetime, but was also a minus-2 on the night. Grabovski is having a decent fantasy season considering the how bad the Leafs have been. He has 19 points (7G, 12A) in 27 games with an even plus-minus rating and five powerplay points.
News: Grabovski played hero Monday night against Washington with a goal and assist through overtime and a spin-er-ama goal to win the shootout.
Analysis: The shootout winner was a creative punctuation point to a big night for the Grabovski-Nik Kulemin-Clarke MacArthur line. Grabo snapped a five-game point slump with his outburst; perhaps this is the start of something sweet for the talented playmaker.
News: Grabovski had two helpers Monday night in a win over Dallas. He now has 12 points in his last 10 games.
Analysis: Lo and behold the waterbug is becoming relevant in most formats despite the depth at center. Grabo is a worthy activation but you may want to optimize his output in a trade to a Leafs' fan. His value can't get much higher.
News: Grabovski's goal Thursday extended his current point streak to four games and gives him 10 points in his last eight games.
Analysis: He's an enigma wrapped up in a riddle. He picks up points but he also makes defensive mistakes that make you wonder where he left his brain. Luckily for most fantasy owners, those defensive gaffes don't matter that much. Use him while he's hot.
News: Grabovski scored once and added an assist in Saturday's loss to Vancouver.
Analysis: He started slowly but now has three goals in his last four games and seven points in his last six games. He's been elevated to the team's top line but he still doesn't profile as a top-line center. Take advantage of his current mini-burst while it lasts.
News: Grabovski scored the Leafs' only goal in Wednesday's loss to the Panthers.
Analysis: He has five points in his last five games and his line has been increasingly rolled as the Buds' top unit. He's a guy who goes in fits and spurts so take advantage while he's hot.
News: Grabovski scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in Toronto's shootout loss Saturday.
Analysis: He now has four points in his last three games and his play (and that of his line) saw them elevated to number one status as Saturday's game progressed. He's only a factor in deep leagues, at least right now. But that will change with more performances like Saturday.
News: Grabovski picked up an assist in Tuesday's loss but remains without a goal in 11 games this season.
Analysis: Grabo fired five shots and was stoned on a breakaway. He was moving his feet and pressing all night, but he just couldn't catch a break. He's not worthy of activation until he starts to deliver a little more consistency.
News: Grabovski has four points in his first seven games but is yet to score a goal.
Analysis: He has improved his two-way game as he leads the Buds in plus-minus (plus-5). But the Leafs have expectations that Grabo can net 20 and hit the 50-55 point plateau. He gets Kris Versteeg on his line Tuesday night; perhaps that will spark the speedy center.
News: Grabovski has been sued by a man who claims the center assaulted and seriously injured him in a brawl at the 2010 Winter Olympics, reports the Globe and Mail.
Analysis: The allegations say Grabo punched the man in the face, knocking him unconscious, and then he punched the guy's wife in the face, too. The suit alleges the victim has suffered a head injury, multiple facial fractures requiring reconstructive surgery, a back injury, trauma to his mouth, teeth and eyes, memory loss, a change in personality and ongoing headaches, among other things. Grabovski was arrested following the altercation but was never charged because police said there was no likelihood of conviction of anyone involved in the altercation. Fingers crossed this doesn't become a distraction for the centerman -- he seems to have gotten his mojo back.
News: Grabovski was the most impressive Leaf on the ice at Saturday's camp, according to a report on 640 Toronto.
Analysis: Coach Ron Wilson was effusive in his praise, something that he rarely shows. Wilson commented after the practice that Grabovski looked like the player he was two years ago -- the one who scored 20 goals and finished with 48 points. Grabo needs to impress this camp or he'll end up off the team's top two lines. Or worse, parked in the AHL. Yes, he has something to prove.
News: Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski recorded an assist in his return to the ice against the Bruins on Tuesday. In his first game back since suffering a broken wrist on January 2, he finished plus-2.
Analysis: Grabovski had a nice game in his return. Going forward, he will get scoring chances with the Maple Leafs, but Grabovski remains a low-end Fantasy start.
News: The Globe & Mail reports that Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski (wrist) is out of his brace but won't play for Belarus in the Olympics. "He's not cleared for body contact for another two to three weeks," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "We expect him back after the Olympics."
Analysis: Grabovski hurt himself on Jan. 2 and was expected to be out six weeks, so this news isn't surprising by any means. Continue to stash him away in deeper leagues as he's more of just a low-end Fantasy forward when healthy.
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Mikhail Grabovski for six weeks due to a broken wrist.
Analysis: Grabovski suffered the injury during the first period of Saturday's 3-1 loss at Calgary. He's currently tied for fifth in team scoring with 25 points (7 goals, 18 assists) in 42 games. Grabovski is more of a low-end Fantasy forward when healthy.
News: Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal during Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins. Toronto made it 3-1 just 18 seconds into the third period when Jason Blake shot the puck across the net, and Grabovski slammed home the rebound. He has three goals and three assists during a five-game point streak. He is also plus-5 in that span.
Analysis: Grabovski has quietly made it to 22 points in 31 games. Perhaps the German native is finally getting a grasp of how to play on a consistent basis in the NHL. Grabovski has the talent to play in the NHL, but he is more of a low-end Fantasy flier until his breakout run.
News: Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal and finished at plus-1 on Monday against the Thrashers. Grabovski gave Toronto a 3-0 lead in the second period with his sixth goal. It was his second goal in as many games.
Analysis: Grabovski has quietly made it to 20 points in 29 games. He has eight points in his last 10 appearances. Perhaps the German native is finally getting a grasp of how to play on a consistent basis in the NHL. Grabovski has the talent to play in the NHL, but he is more of a low-end Fantasy flier until his breakout run.
News: Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal during Thursday's game against the Hurricanes. Toronto stretched its lead to 3-0 when Grabovski whipped in a rebound in the final moments of the first period. It was his fourth goal and first in nine games.
Analysis: Grabovski had a pretty solid October with 10 points (three goals) in 12 games. He has gotten off to a much slower start in November with only three points in eight games. It's not shocking since we have seen this inconsistency from Grabovski in his career. He is going to get scoring chances with the Maple Leafs, but Grabovski remains a low-end Fantasy start.
News: Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski claimed a hat trick of assists Saturday in a loss to the Canadiens.
Analysis: Grabovski now has 10 points in 12 games this season and could be in for a breakout campaign. He will likely lose his top-line spot when Phil Kessel returns though, so don't get too over-confident in him.
News: Toronto C Mikhail Grabovski scored his first goal of the season on Saturday in a 6-4 loss to the Capitals. He scored 2:04 into the third period on a wrist shot. Grabovski also had an assist on a late Niklas Hagman goal.
Analysis: Grabovski seems to have found his rhythm with the Maple Leafs after initially struggling with the Canadiens to open his career. Grabovski will be a key winger for the Maple Leafs in 2009-10, but is just a low-end Fantasy option unless he can keep up this offensive production all year.
News:Mikhail Grabovski has signed an $8.7 million, three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Belorussian forward who reached agreement on Thursday with Toronto had 20 goals and 48 points in 78 games last season, both ranked fourth on the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: In 105 career NHL games with Montreal and Toronto, Grabovski has 23 goals and 57 points. He never really found his calling with the Canadiens, but as soon as he jumped ship to Toronto he seemed to finally find his groove under Ron Wilson. Grabovski will be a key winger for the Maple Leafs in 2009-10, but is going to have low-end Fantasy appeal Draft Day.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski scored and assisted three times in Saturday's win over the Canadiens.
Analysis: Grabovski now has seven points in his last four and 39 on the season. He remains just a low-end Fantasy option best left for deeper formats.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski scored for the first time in 18 games Tuesday as his overtime effort helped edge the Islanders.
Analysis: Grabovski played well in November and December, but has been pretty much invisible since then. The German remains just a low-end Fantasy option best left for deeper formats.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski assisted twice in Thursday's win over the Islanders. He now has 31 points on the season.
Analysis: Grabovski had 23 points during November and December, but has just seven points over his last 16 games. The German remains just a low-end Fantasy option best left for deeper formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports that Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski's fancy footwork has not been impressing teammates or his coach. Ron Wilson vowed to cut back the rookie's ice time after his constant solo rushes produced exactly one point in five games prior to Saturday and left him a minus player. "He has to use his teammates and remember it's not a 1-on-5 game," Wilson said.
Analysis: Grabovski had 23 points over November and December, but has just five points over his last 15 games. The German remains just a low-end Fantasy option best left for deeper formats.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski had a goal, assist and plus-2 rating during Thursday's game against the Avalanche. Grabovski scored on a power play in the second period, his 13th goal this season, but his first score in 11 games.
Analysis: Grabovski really had a great November for Toronto as he scored eight times and posted 13 points. He has just four goals and 11 points in his last two months. Grabovski is a developing player, but still has low-end Fantasy appeal.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski returned from a three-game suspension Friday against the Thrashers. He had an assist and minus-1 rating in 13:53 of ice time. It was his first point in four games.
Analysis: Grabovski has slowed down offensively after having a breakout November. He is seeing a lot ice time in Toronto, but still remains more of a low-end Fantasy forward.
News: The NHL has suspended Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski three games for shoving a ref and kicking ice at him in Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Canadiens.
Analysis: Grabovski has just one goal and three assists in his last nine contests, so it's not like his Fantasy owners will really miss his production while he's gone. The German remains just a low-end Fantasy option best left for deeper formats.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal and finished at plus-1 during Thursday's game against the Bruins. Grabovski tallied his 11th goal on a snap shot 16:36 into the second period. It was his first goal in seven games.
Analysis: Grabovski was one of the Maple Leafs' top scorers in early November and finished the month with eight goals. His scoring has slowed down once again and the rookie forward continues to battle inconsistency in the NHL. He has nice potential, but Grabovski remains a low-end Fantasy forward until further notice.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski picked up his seventh and eighth assists of the season Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
Analysis: Grabovski is having himself a nice season since his move from the Canadiens with 18 points in 25 games. His numbers have calmed down a little after his explosive start to November, but he's still getting involved in the offense enough to be worth using in deeper leagues as a low-end starting Fantasy forward.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski scored his 10th goal of the season Monday in a win over the Kings.
Analysis: Grabovski is having himself a nice season since his move from the Canadiens with 16 points in 24 games. His numbers have calmed down a little after his explosive start to November, but he's still getting involved in the offense enough to be worth using in deeper leagues as a low-end starting Fantasy forward.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski picked up his 15th point of the season when he assisted Thursday in a shootout loss to the Senators.
Analysis: Grabovsk's numbers have calmed down a little after his explosive start to November, but he's still getting involved in the offense enough to be worth using in deeper leagues as a low-end starting Fantasy forward.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski scored during Monday's 3-2 loss to the Bruins. Toronto found its legs in the third period after Grabovski scored his ninth goal of the season at 8:53 to make it 3-2. Niklas Hagman made a nice move to beat a defender and the puck found its way to a wide-open Grabovski at the side of the net.
Analysis: Grabovski has been on a tear since late October after failing to net a point in his first seven games. He now has nine goals in his last 12 games and has become one of the Leafs' top offensive weapons. Toronto has been looking for a scorer to pair with Nik Antropov and Grabovski might be the guy. He is worth a flier in larger Fantasy formats, but with no proven track record, we need to make sure Grabovski is the real deal before recommending him across the board in Fantasy.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski capped the scoring in a 5-2 win Thursday against the Oilers with a power-play tally 13:22 into the third period. The goal extended his point streak to six games. Grabovski has seven goals and three assists in that span.
Analysis: Grabovski has been one of the hottest players in the NHL in the last few weeks. After getting just two points in 10 October games, he has exploded in November and is making a strong case for player of the month honors. Toronto has been looking for a scorer to pair with Nik Antropov and Grabovski might be the guy. He is worth a flier in larger Fantasy formats, but with no proven track record, we need to make sure Grabovski is the real deal before recommending him across the board in Fantasy.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski had a goal and an assist in Saturday night's win over the Canadiens and now has has six goals and two assists in the last four games.
Analysis: Grabovski had three goals in 27 career games with Montreal over the last two seasons and already has seven in 15 for the Maple Leafs, who acquired him in a trade over the summer. After a slow start, Grabovski is simply on fire and is a great low-end starting Fantasy forward in deeper leagues right now.
News: Toronto fell in overtime Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes but the 5-4 score wouldn't have been as close without LW Mikhail Grabovski. Grabovski totaled three points in the game with two goals and an assist. He was able to assist Niklas Hagman's 1st period goal to make it 3-1 and then later added a power play goal in the 2nd to make it 4-2. His fifth goal of the season tied the score at 4 in the 3rd period and sent the game into overtime.
Analysis: Grabovski's three points on Tuesday gives him seven for the entire season. In fact, in his last two games, both against Carolina, he's scored four goals and an assist. Grabovski is in his first season with Toronto after spending the previous few seasons in the Montreal organization. He started slow but is heating up fast and could become relevant in Fantasy with just a few more big games like this.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski scored twice Sunday in a loss to the Hurricanes to double his point total on the year.
Analysis: Grabovski is in his first season with Toronto after spending the previous few seasons in the Montreal organization. He has yet to provide the offensive spark the Leafs had hoped he would bring over, and until he posts consistent points, he has little to no Fantasy value.
News:Alexei Ponikarovsky scored a third-period goal to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Saturday night. Dominic Moore and Mikhail Grabovski also scored, and Vesa Toskala made 22 saves for Toronto. Toronto went ahead 2-0 with Grabovski's long-awaited first goal of the season at 2:15 of the second period. The flashy Belarussian had grown visibly frustrated during his goal-less drought but was smiling widely after taking a nice pass from Niklas Hagman behind the net and lifting a hard wrist shot over Alex Auld's shoulder.
Analysis: Grabovski is in his first season with Toronto after spending the previous few seasons in the Montreal organization. He has yet to provide the offensive spark the Leafs had hoped he would bring over, and until he posts consistent points, he has little to no Fantasy value.
News: Maple Leafs LW Mikhail Grabovski is currently centering the second line in Toronto, but he has yet to put up a point this season and has a minus-1 rating.
Analysis: The Leafs have only scored nine goals this season, which is second worst in the league, so it's not just Grabovski who's struggling in Toronto. While he is a decent prospect that cost the Leafs a second-round pick to bring him over from Montreal, Grabovski is not worth starting in any Fantasy league right now.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski was brought in expressly to replace at least some of Mats Sundin's offense, but he is not rugged and is prone to turnovers. The Leafs will have to take the good with the bad.
Analysis: Grabovski is still eligible for the Calder Trophy since he played in just 24 games last season with Montreal, recording nine points (three goals). He is a top 10 prospect for Toronto, but is more in the bottom half of that range. He has the chance to play in the top six for Toronto, but remains a low-end Fantasy reserve until he starts to produce consistently.
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year, $850,000 contract Friday, one day after acquiring him in a trade with Montreal.
Analysis: The 24-year old Grabovski had three goals and nine points in 24 games with the Canadiens last season. He also spent time with Hamilton of the American Hockey League. He remains nothing more than a long-term keeper at this juncture.
News: The rival Canadiens and Maple Leafs made a rare trade Thursday, with Montreal sending forward Mikhail Grabovski to Toronto for prospect Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick in 2010.
Analysis: Grabovski had three goals and six assists in 27 games for the Canadiens the past two seasons. He remains nothing more than a long-term keeper at this juncture. Pateryn, a fifth-round pick in last month's NHL draft by Toronto, played in the United States Hockey League last season. He led Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets defensemen with 27 points (3-24) in 60 games. Pateryn will play for the University of Michigan for the 2008-09 season, and so obviously is not worth owning at this time.
News: The Canadiens recalled C Mikhail Grabovski from Hamilton (AHL) before Tuesday's game against the Thrashers. He did not record a point in 12:31 of ice time and finished at plus-1.
Analysis: Grabovski spent some time earlier in the season with Montreal, recording one goal and one assist in 12 games. Grabovski is nothing more than a long-term keeper at this juncture.
News: Forward Mikhail Grabovski, sent down to AHL Hamilton last week, sprained his right ankle in a game against Binghamton on Dec. 7 and is out indefinitely.
Analysis: Grabovski is only worth a look in the deepest of weekly Fantasy leagues and long-term keeper formats.
News: Montreal, which has no significant injuries, scratched D Josh Gorges and C Mikhail Grabovski at Toronto Tuesday.
Analysis: Grabovski has been in and out of the lineup during the early going for the Canadiens. He is only worth a look in the deepest of weekly Fantasy leagues and long-term keeper formats.
News: Canadiens LW Mikhail Grabovski was a healthy scratch for a third straight game against Buffalo Monday.
Analysis: Grabovski has been in and out of the lineup during the early going for the Canadiens. He is only worth a look in the deepest of weekly Fantasy leagues and long-term keeper formats.
News: Bryan Smolinski, who played his 1,000th NHL regular-season game, set up Mikhail Grabovski's first career goal with a pass on a 2-on-1 that put the Canadiens up 5-1 midway through the third period on Monday against the Bruins. "I remember my first goal and it was just a play that happened," said Smolinski, who faked a shot before feeding a pass to Grabovski. "It was just executing a 2-on-1, that's what you have to do."
Analysis: Grabovski has been in and out of the lineup during the early going for the Canadiens. He also posted a plus-1 rating in 9:48 of ice time. After going scoreless in the first four games, Grabovski has two points (1 G, 1 A) in the past two games. He is only worth a look in the deepest of weekly Fantasy leagues and long-term keeper formats.
News: Mikhail Grabovsky has officially been replaced on the second line by Bryan Smolinski. The veteran will join Alexei Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec, replacing the rookie who has been a healthy scratch over the past two games.
Analysis: Grabovski had his chance and he did not capitalize on the opportunity. He is only worth a look in the deepest of Fantasy leagues at this point.
News: Mikhail Grabovski was a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game at Pittsburgh, as he was replaced by rookie Kyle Chipchura.
Analysis: Grabovski is only worth a look in the deepest of Fantasy leagues, although a trip back to the minors appears to be in his future since he has looked lost in the NHL so far.
News: Prospect Kyle Chipchura and youngster Mikhail Grabovski have earned roster spots with the Montreal Canadiens. Grabovski is listed as the team's No. 2 center and will skate with veteran Alexei Kovalev and Chipchura. "I say why not see what a veteran like Kovalev can do for Grabovski," general manager Bob Gainey told MontrealCanadiens.com. "They looked good as a unit the other night against Ottawa. Weve seen them skate together a fair bit at camp and theyve shown good chemistry together."
Analysis: Grabovski is worth a look in deeper Fantasy leagues, as is Chipchura. The two players are also worth looks in long-term keeper formats.