Mikhail Grabovski
Mikhail Grabovski
35-Year-Old CenterC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Golden Knights acquired Grabovski and his $5 million cap hit from the Islanders last season along with a first-round draft pick in 2017. The veteran forward hasn't played hockey since the 2015-16 season due to concussion issues, and there's a chance he could retire soon. The German forward had a few solid 20-goal seasons in Toronto, but unfortunately, injuries derailed his career. While he has 296 points in 594 career NHL games, Grabovski is a risky fantasy selection in 2018-19 even if he gets healthy and lands an NHL contract. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Islanders in July 2014.
Announces retirment
CFree Agent
June 19, 2019
Grabovski (concussion) announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday.
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Unfortunately this news doesn't come as a surprise, as Grabovski hasn't suited up for an NHL contest since 2015-16 due to his ongoing battle with concussion symptoms. The 35-year-old German did, however, enjoy a long NHL career that spanned over 10 seasons and four different teams during which he racked up 125 goals and 296 points in 534 appearances.
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Grabovski entered last season vowing to alter his game after battling two concussions the previous year. Unfortunately, Grabovski never seemed to get back on track during his second year with the Islanders due to suffering yet another concussion. Now there are serious questions as to whether or not he’ll be ready at the beginning of training camp in 2016-17, which would surely be a disappointing outcome for the Islanders, who signed him to a four-year, $20 million contract just two summers ago. Due to the Islanders depth at the center position coupled with up-and-comers Mathew Barzal and Michael Dal Colle looking to impress in training camp, it wouldn’t be a stretch for Grabovski to get waived or even placed on long-term IR. Even if he’s healthy and cracks the roster out of camp, it seems that his days of legitimate fantasy relevance are a thing of the past.
Though his first season with the Islanders was plagued by injury, leading to lower numbers than he might’ve hoped, Grabovski is still a talented two-way player who has the potential to put up points in a depth role. A pair of concussions -- a sad trend that's followed him around throughout his career -- limited Grabovski to just 51 games, during which he produced nine goals and 10 assists. Though he won’t fill up the stat sheet as a scorer, Grabovski’s biggest impact is on those around him, with Josh Bailey and Nikolay Kulemin looking like the main beneficiaries of the center’s strong possession play and willingness to backtrack on defense. If he can stay healthy, then he’s got late-round fantasy potential, but any injury he might suffer in training camp would put a hit on his already shaky stock.
The Isles made a splash on the second day of free agency, inking Grabovski signed a five-year, $20 million contract and further strengthening the team’s center corps. While he’s slated to center the team’s second line, this contract still seems to be a pretty steep price to pay for a player who has only scored 22 goals over the past two seasons. It would appear that the Islanders are banking on Grabovski reestablishing a connection with former Toronto teammate and projected linemate Nikoali Kulemin, who also signed with the Islanders in the summer. Grabovski's best season to date came in 2010-11 when he was primarily flanked by Kulemin, but the decline from both players since that time might render their familiarity moot. Given their significant investment in the duo this offseason, the Islanders are surely hoping that isn’t the case.
What's the old saying? One man's garbage is another man's treasure? Well, Grabo has a chance to resurrect his career in the U.S. Capital after being jettisoned by the Leafs the day before his wedding was to happen. Sure, he was mad and he let just about everyone in Toronto know all about it. But he has mellowed now that he's wearing the star-studded reds of the Caps. He'll bring stability to the second line, but don't expect him to replace the offensive output of the departed Mike Ribeiro. Grabo will be lucky to hit 60 points, but will give coach Adam Oates a solid, two-way game. He's down the list of centermen, but could be a sneaky contributor if your league has no position qualifications.
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.
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Will be UFA on Sunday
CFree Agent
Concussion
June 30, 2018
Grabovski (concussion) will officially be an unrestricted free agent Sunday.
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Shipped to Vegas in salary dump
CVegas Golden Knights  Free Agent
Concussion
June 21, 2017
Grabovski (concussion) was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
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Could be headed to the Golden Knights
CNew York Islanders  Free Agent
Concussion
June 19, 2017
Grabovski (concussion) could be part of a trade that would send him to the Golden Knights, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
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Looking to put concussion issues behind him
CNew York Islanders  Free Agent
Concussion
May 24, 2017
Grabovski (concussion) missed the entire 2016-17 campaign, but he remains hopeful that he will get past his injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
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Hopes to play next season
CNew York Islanders  Free Agent
Concussion
January 7, 2017
Grabovski (concussion) is expected to see a specialist in the near future with the hope of being cleared to play next season, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
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