|Assets:||Is a creative playmaker and offensive forward. Has vastly improved the way in which he uses space and his linemates. Displays a feisty disposition, excellent skating skills, and a solid work ethic on most nights.|
|Flaws:||Lacks ideal size and defensive acumen. Overhandles the puck on occasion, and can fall into backchecking funks, opting for the easy way out from time to time. Injuries and a lack of discipline can also be factors here.|
|Career Potential:||Skilled but inconsistent offensive center.|
|9/25/2012||Signed with CSKA Moscow (KHL).|
|4/07/2012||Missed 2 games (lacerated leg).|
|4/03/2012||Lacerated leg, day-to-day.|
|3/06/2012||Signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a five-year contract extension.|
|12/06/2011||Missed 1 game (personal reasons).|
|12/05/2011||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|11/27/2011||Missed 5 games (lower body injury).|
|11/17/2011||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|1/01/2011||Missed 1 game (personal reasons).|
|12/30/2010||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|3/09/2010||Missed 25 games (broken wrist).|
|1/03/2010||Broken wrist, early March.|
|7/02/2009||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a three-year contract.|
|1/09/2009||Suspended by the NHL for 3 games.|
|7/04/2008||Signed as a restricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year contract.|
|7/03/2008||Acquired from the Montreal Canadiens.|
|6/26/2008||Montreal Canadiens tendered a qualifying offer.|
|2/26/2008||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|12/05/2007||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|1/10/2007||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|1/05/2007||Recalled from Hamilton (AHL).|
|9/29/2006||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|7/10/2006||Signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year contract.|
|7/03/2008||Montreal Canadiens traded Mikhail Grabovski to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Greg Pateryn and a 2nd round selection in 2010.|
|6/27/2004||Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 5th round (150th overall) in 2004.|
What will the Leafs do with Grabovski? | 05/15/2013 11:57 AM
NewsMikhail Grabovski represents an interesting situation for the Maple Leafs this off-season.
ImpactToronto may want to re-sign potential unrestricted free agent Tyler Bozak and lock up restricted free agent Nazem Kadri to a long-term deal. To free up some cap space, Grabovski's $5.5 million cap hit could be moved. If the Leafs decide to go down that route then GM Dave Nonis will probably seek a trade partner first and if that's doesn't work out then he could use a "compliance" buyout. Of course all of this is pure speculation right now. Grabovski had a tough regular season before showing some improved play in the postseason. However, as a whole points were hard to come by for him.
Grabovski surprising everyone with play | 05/11/2013 1:24 PM
NewsOne of the more surprising turn of events in the Maple Leafs-Bruins series is the play of Mikhail Grabovski.
ImpactHe had a terrible regular season and was not expected to play much in the playoffs but he has been nothing short of a revelation. Grabo has been skating like the wind setting up his teammates while taking a terrible beating from the Bruins' Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic who have delivered bone-crushing checks to the Belarusian. His pass to himself over the Bruins' net in Game 5 is worth a look. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22226334/video-mikhail-grabovskis-dazzling-attempt-on-tuukka-rask
Leafs switch up lines heading into Game 1 | 05/01/2013 11:46 AM
NewsMikhail Grabovski might start Game 1 as Toronto's second-line center.
ImpactEarly indications suggest he will play between Joffrey Lupul and Nikolai Kulemin, while Nazem Kadri will be flanked by Clarke MacArthur and Matt Frattin to give him easier match-ups. Grabovski didn't have a good showing in the regular season, with nine goals and 16 points in 48 games, but he has a fresh canvas to work with in the playoffs.
Grabovski nets lone goal for Leafs Tuesday | 04/16/2013 10:08 PM
NewsMikhail Grabovski had Toronto's only goal in a 5-1 loss to Washington Tuesday night.
ImpactHe scored early in the third period from Ryan Hamilton and Leo Komarov. The goal snapped a 10-game goalless skid for Grabovski. He has nine markers and just 16 points in 43 games.
| 04/15/2013 1:20 AM
NewsMikhail Grabovski returned to action on Saturday April 13.
Grabovski cleared but may not play Saturday | 04/13/2013 1:06 PM
NewsMikhail Grabovski (stomach) was cleared to play after undergoing a battery of gastrointestinal tests in New York Thursday and Friday.
ImpactThe tests didn't show anything that would prevent Grabovski from playing. We are not sure if Grabovski will play against Montreal Saturday night, although he always plays well against the Habs. If he doesn't suit up, look for Joe Colborne to get a chance to play.
Mikhail Grabovski dealing with stomach issue | 04/12/2013 12:10 PM
NewsMikhail Grabovski stayed behind in New York to see doctors for a longstanding gastrointestinal issue, according to coach Randy Carlyle.
James Mirtle on Twitter
ImpactCarlyle said the illness has been causing Grabovski to lose weight recently, which might help explain Grabovski struggles this season. Hopefully we'll know the results of Grabovski's tests soon, but we're sidelining him for now and considering him very questionable to play Saturday against the Canadiens.
Coach wants to get more out of Grabovski | 04/11/2013 3:03 PM
NewsCoach Randy Carlyle expects more out of Mikhail Grabovski, but he was satisfied with his game in Wednesday's shootout loss to the New York Rangers.
Impact"I thought he played fairly well," Carlyle said after he started Grabovski on the fourth line. "He was on the puck. He showed more desire and more effort out there. He was very noticeable. In the third period, I moved him back with [Jay] McClement and [Leo] Komarov, so I was happy with his game." He didn't get a point in the match and played just 11 minutes.
Mikhail Grabovski gets dropped to 4th line | 04/10/2013 6:59 PM
NewsMikhail Grabovski will start Wednesday's game on the fourth line.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
ImpactHe saw a season-low 10:39 of ice time on Monday and was benched for the final 12 minutes of the third period. Grabovski has eight goals and 15 points in 39 games this season and he's had a great deal of trouble getting out of coach Randy Carlyle's doghouse.
Mikhail Grabovski is heating up | 03/24/2013 10:42 AM
NewsMikhail Grabovski has goals in two straight games now.
ImpactThe enigmatic Grabovski has only 13 points in 32 games in this 48-game shortened season. They are hardly numbers befitting his $5.5 million (U.S.) cap hit and he does not deserve a spot on your fantasy team either.
Mikhail Grabovski practices on third line | 03/19/2013 8:55 AM
NewsMikhail Grabovski spent Monday's practice on the third line with Colton Orr and Clarke MacArthur.
ImpactBench boss Randy Carlyle also tapped 10 shooters other than Grabovski in Saturday's shootout loss to Winnipeg, which suggests that the Toronto center may have to work his way out of his coach's doghouse. Grabovski, to his credit, is trying to stay upbeat despite his struggles. He has six goals and 11 points in 29 games this season.
Grabovski, Kulemin continue to struggle | 03/13/2013 9:13 AM
NewsMikhail Grabovski is struggling again to produce points.
ImpactHe has no goals and two assists in his past seven games. Grabovski was benched for some of the second period against Winnipeg Tuesday night. He and Nikolai Kulemin have had trouble scoring this campaign. Grabovski has six goals and 11 points in 27 games, while Kulemin has 13 points but he has only two goals.
Grabovski, Leafs set to play Habs Wednesday | 02/26/2013 8:39 PM
NewsMikhail Grabovski will enter Wednesday night's game against Montreal with three goals in his last four games.
ImpactPrior to that he hadn't scored in 11 straight contests. The last time the Leafs played the Canadiens, Grabovski was involved in an alleged biting incident with Max Pacioretty. The Toronto forward wasn't disciplined for the play and both teams need the points in an important divisional match-up, so no retribution is expected to be sought after. Still, we will likely see a physical game take place and Grabovski has enjoyed plenty of success against his ex-teammates since moving to Toronto with 18 points in 26 games, which is the most he's scored versus another club.
Mikhail Grabovski nets fifth goal of season | 02/23/2013 11:17 PM
NewsToronto center Mikhail Grabovski delivered his fifth goal of the season in the Maple Leafs' 3-2 loss to the Senators in Ottawa Saturday night.
ImpactGrabovski gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead at 3:32 of the first period but that was the only lead Toronto enjoyed in the game. The Sens were up 2-1 when Clarke McArthur produced his fourth goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 at 7:10 of the third period. The Sens' Colin Greening scored the game winner with only 24 seconds left in regulation.
Grabovski ends goal drought in loss to Bolts | 02/19/2013 11:33 PM
NewsMikhail Grabovski scored in Toronto's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.
ImpactHis fourth goal of the year was his first in 12 games. Grabovski had been mired in a lengthy cold stretch with just one assist over his 11-game goal drought. He has seven points in 17 games this campaign.
Mikhail Grabovski won't be fined or suspended | 02/11/2013 2:21 PM
NewsMikhail Grabovski will not be punished for allegedly biting Montreal's Max Pacioretty on Saturday.
ImpactUltimately, the department of player safety could not conclusively prove that Grabovski bit Pacioretty. With that in mind, Grabovski will not be fined or suspended due to a lack of evidence.
Mikhail Grabovski will face hearing Sunday | 02/10/2013 11:45 AM
NewsMikhail Grabovski is facing an afternoon hearing with the NHL's department of player safety following his biting incident in last night's contest.
Nick Kypreos on Twitter
ImpactGrabovski will have a 4pm NHL disciplinary hearing with Brendan Shanahan and is looking at a possible one-game suspension.
Grabovski allegedly bit Pacioretty in scrum | 02/09/2013 11:45 PM
NewsMax Pacioretty told the linesman that Mikhail Grabovski bit him during a fight in the third period of the Maples Leafs' 6-0 win over the Canadiens.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactAccording to multiple reports, there appears to be visual evidences of Grabovski biting Pacioretty. If that's the case, you can pretty much guarantee there will be a call coming from NHL czar of discipline Brendan Shanahan. The entire incident was just part of what became a very ugly, fight-filled game.
Mikhail Grabovski scores 3rd of year in loss | 01/26/2013 11:08 PM
NewsMikhail Grabovski lit the lamp in Toronto's 5-2 loss Saturday night to the Rangers.
ImpactThe 28-year-old is enjoying a pretty solid start to the year, with three goals and a helper. He also had two penalty minutes for good measure. James van Riemsdyk also scored his third of the year and could be well on his way to a breakout season. John-Michael Liles had two assists. Dion Phaneuf and Michael Kostka finished a minus-four.
Grabovski, JVR respond in win over Penguins | 01/24/2013 12:59 PM
NewsCoach Randy Carlyle seemed to push the right buttons prior to Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh because after he called out Mikhail Grabovski and James van Riemsdyk, both players helped propel Toronto over Pittsburgh.
ImpactVan Riemsdyk netted two goals and added an assist, while Grabovski registered a goal and a helper in a 5-2 victory for the Leafs. "We got a response from (van Riemsdyk) and (Grabovski)," said Carlyle. "It's not done specifically to criticize a player - it's to motivate the player and help him." The two of them will be counted on even more now that Joffrey Lupul is expected to miss several weeks with a fractured forearm.
Carlyle wants too see 'fire' from Grabovski | 01/23/2013 5:34 PM
NewsMikhail Grabovski has surprising not registered a shot in Toronto's first two games of the season.
Mark Masters on Twitter
ImpactLeafs bench boss Randy Carlyle said, "The tenacity that he normally displays hasn't been to the same level we require ... He has to play with more fire." Grabovski is slated to play with Nikolai Kulemin and James van Riemsdyk on Wednesday. Look for him to attempt to put plenty of pucks to the net versus the Penguins.
|Goals||1||9 times-last:at Wsh||last:Apr 16||2|
|Assists||1||7 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Apr 4||3|
|Points||2||2 times-last:at NYR||last:Jan 26||4|
|Penalty Minutes||12||at Mtl||Feb 9||25|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:at Phi||last:Feb 25||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Apr 27||1|
|Power Play Points||1||3 times-last:at Bos||last:Mar 25||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||48 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shots||6||vs. Mtl||Feb 27||7|
|Penalty Minutes||92||2008-09 (Tor)|
|Power Play Goals||10||2010-11 (Tor)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2009-10 (Tor)|
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