29-Year-Old Center – Washington Capitals
Mikhail Grabovski Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Capitals in August of 2013.
Grabovski tied Friday's shootout win against Washington with a goal in the third period, assisted on another and added the winning shootout attempt.
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Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Nov 30||at NYI||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||1||15:34||0:23|
|Nov 23||at TOR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||2||0||16:18||1:27|
|Nov 15||at DET||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||0||14:16||1:33|
|Nov 10||at COL||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||0||13:58||0:10|
|Nov 9||at PHO||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||1||14:42||1:38|
|Nov 1||at PHI||0||3||3||3||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||1||15:26||2:44|
|Oct 28||at VAN||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||50.0||0||1||13:09||0:03|
|Oct 26||at CGY||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||15:16||0:00|
|Oct 24||at EDM||0||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||3||15:31||1:07|
|Oct 22||at WPG||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||50.0||0||0||14:15||0:20|
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|Oct 5||at DAL||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||3||1||19:15||2:36|
|Oct 1||at CHI||3||1||4||0||0||2||1||0||4||75.0||0||0||17:13||3:29|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Phil Kessel may be the team's hottest scorer, but Grabo is arguably the team's most valuable. His game has matured and he has started to even out his hots and colds … streaks, that is. He's the perfect second-line center and has great chemistry with regular linemates Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur. Expect a strong 55-60 point season along with his trademark "edge," but don't expect him to ascend to the top line. He needs the puck; so does Phil Kessel. And that will keep the two of them apart.
Can Grabo match his heroics of last season? Maybe, maybe not. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t value in this feisty second-line pivot, particularly in deep leagues with lots of categories. The birth of his first child last season seemed to provide him with some perspective and maturity, and he suddenly found his own zone. Almost everyone was surprised that his line was the team’s best in plus-minus last year. So while his offense might drop a tad now that the Leafs have a “better” first line, Grabo’s game will continue to mature. And that means multi-category output including PIMs, plus-minus, shots and more. He’ll provide sneaky value on draft day.
Grabovski is a riddle wrapped in an enigma. He's an excellent skater and offensive-minded, and he's fearless despite his small size. But he seriously overhandles the puck and gets far too fancy, particularly when the simple play would help his team keep the puck. He had a horrid 2009-10 and if he can deliver 55 points this season, he'll be worth his salary ($2.75 million). But the Leafs will let hot prospect Nazem Kadri try to earn the job as second-line center, and that means Grabovski will slide down the depth chart. He has to pick up his game to save his spot in the top-six, but even if he does, his fantasy value will be slim in all but the deepest of leagues. Center is far too deep to draft a "maybe" 55-point player.
He’s super streaky, but Grabovski is on our radar this year any way. He’s the post facto first-line center and he should build on his 48 points (third highest in rookie scoring last year, by the way). A mid-50 point tally is definitely possible. Granted, a center with that kind of offense won’t be a must-roll in a lot of formats. But it’s his potential for 100 PIMs that has us intrigued. If he could manage 60 points AND 100 PIMs, he’d be on a pretty short (and impressive) list.
He’s tiny but awfully talented. And that could put this 24-year-old on track to win the job as the Leafs' second-line pivot straight out of camp. His speed and creativity will mesh well with the other speedsters on the team (think Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman and Jiri Tlusty), and he could surprise to the tune of 45 or 50 points. His upside (which is still a couple years away) is much higher.
He’s tiny but awfully talented. And that could put this 24-year-old on track to win the job as the Leafs' second-line pivot straight out of camp. His speed and creativity will mesh well with the other speedsters on the team (think Jason Black, Niklas Hagman and Jiri Tlusty), and he could surprise to the tune of 45 or 50 points. His upside (which is still a couple years away) is much higher.