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Name: Mikhail GrabovskyToronto Maple Leafs (#150/2004 NHL Draft)

Rating: 82
Height: 180cm/5'11"
Weight: 81kg/178.2 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1984-01-31
Birthplace: Potsdam, Belarus

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03/19/2008 Q&A With Mikhail Grabovsky (Montreal Canadiens) (McKeen's Article)

Center Mikhail Grabovski is doing what he can to make sure he joins fellow Belorussian forwards Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn as regulars in the Montreal Canadiens' roster. Grabovski started the season with Montreal before being sent to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, where he promptly injured his ankle in early December. The 24-year-old has decimated the AHL in his limited action with the Bulldogs in 2007-08 and is not content to be in the AHL while his younger countrymen are in the NHL. McKeen's recently had the opportunity to chat with Mikhail Grabovsky (Montreal Canadiens) before he was recalled by the Canadiens at the trading deadline. The talented forward talked about his AHL exploits, splitting time between Hamilton and Montreal, coming back from injury, playing in Russia, representing Belarus, and his overall game. (McKeen's Hockey article) READ MORE
07/07/2006 Mikhail Grabovsky signs a three year deal with Montreal
05/04/2006 Web Site News: Mikhail Grabovsky's (Montreal Canadiens) profile added!
08/22/2005 Mikhail Grabovsky (Montreal Canadiens) avoids 2 year suspension
05/28/2005 Mikhail Grabovsky (Montreal Canadiens) signs illegal deal with Ak Bars
05/24/2005 Mikhail Grabovsky (Montreal Canadiens) signs deal with RSL’s Dynamo Moscow
02/11/2005 The rich get richer: Ak Bars attempts to net Neftkhimik’s top forwards including Mikhail Grabovsky (Montreal Canadiens)
01/24/2005 Mikhail Grabovsky (Montreal Canadiens) suffers a facial laceration against Dynamo Moscow
Talent Analysis:
Skating: A capable skater with good form and an above average top speed...very good acceleration...skating is definitely one of Grabovsky’s top strengths...doesn’t hesitate to skate through traffic, but at times has trouble staying on his feet under pressure Shot: Has an array of shots in his arsenal...above average wrist shot with a quick release...precise slap shot with a quick release, but needs more power...doesn’t use the back hand often...doesn’t hesitate to shoot most of the time, but on some occasions still needs to shoot the puck even more instead of trying to make the perfect play. Technical Ability: A gifted player with strong puckhandling skills...effective in one on one situations with opposition players...imaginative with the puck. Pass: Makes precise passes on the tape....uses his linemates well...one of his favorite moves is to fake a shot and then make a quick feed to an open player. Hockey Sense: Possesses an impressive vision of the ice, seeing plays developing and creating scoring chances for himself and his linemates...mostly sound decisionmaking with the puck, but could shoot the puck more often rather than puckhandle it or pass it for an open net set up. Defensive Play: Returns to help out in his own zone and at times is even deeper in the defensive zone than some of the defensemen...works hard to harass the opposition...not very effective in the corners and on the boards due to his average size
Back In Russia:
Mikhail Grabovsky was born in Minsk, Belarus and is the product of the local "Yunnost" hockey school that also produced the likes of two other Montreal Canadiens prospects Andrei and Sergei Kostytsin, as well as St. Louis Blues prospect Konstantin Zakharov. After a strong 2002-03 season with Yunnost Minsk, the young forward was noticed by former Belarus national team Vladimir Krikunov and brought over to Russia to play for the Neftkhimik Super League club under he coached in the city Nizhnekamsk. There Grabovsky was an instant hit and emerged as one of the club’s scoring leaders during the 2003-04 season. He followed up that season with an even stronger 2004-05 campaign, eclipsing his 2003-04 totals. On the international front, the 84 born Grabovsky completed his U20 career at the 2003 U20 WJC, but emerged as one of the up and coming young forwards on Belarus’ senior national team. 2005-06 season: During the summer of 2004 Neftkhimik’s coach Vladimir Krikunov left Neftkhimik and signed on to lead Moscow’s Dynamo hockey club. He lead the club to the Super League championship the following season 2004-05 season with a squad full of NHL players. During the summer of 2005 Krikunov took advantage of the clause in Grabovsky’s Neftkhimik contract that stipulated the coach’s ability for the young player to sign with another Super League club in the case when the head coach leaves Nizhnekamsk. As a result, Grabovsky moved to Moscow and spent the 2005-06 campaign with Dynamo. While the young forward delivered a strong season, it is tough to say that he improved on the previous campaign. Beyond the simple statistics, Grabovsky’s role with his new club was diminished and he missed most of February due to injury.
NHL Outlook:
Mikhail Grabovsky was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 5th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The young forward is skilled, sees the ice well and is aggressive. Unfortunately, he is not big and lacks the strength to compete physically against bigger opponents. While he does enjoy the open ice, it does not mean that he would not thrive on the smaller North American arenas, using his speed and strong work on ice ethic to succeed. After three years in the Russian Super League and on the international arena, Grabovsky is likely ready to take the next step in his career and make the transition to the AHL and eventually compete for a roster spot on the Montreal Canadiens.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL (Reg.)12 8 12 20 6 -
2007-08 Montreal Canadiens NHL (Reg.)24 3 6 9 8 -
2006-07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL (Playoffs)20 4 7 11 21 -
2006-07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL (Reg.)66 17 37 54 34 -
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL (Reg.)3 0 0 0 0 -
2005-06 Yunnost (Minsk) Belarus Elite (Reg.)8 6 8 14 10 -
2005-06 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 4 2
2005-06 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)48 10 17 27 28 6
2004-05 Team Belarus Olympic Qual. (Intl.)3 4 3 7 10 +2
2004-05 Yunnost (Minsk) Belarus Elite (Playoffs)5 2 4 6 6 -
2004-05 Team Belarus IIHF World Championships (Intl.)6 4 1 5 2 -1
2004-05 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Playoffs)3 2 0 2 2 +1
2004-05 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Reg.)60 16 20 36 32 +9
2003-04 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)45 6 11 17 26 +11
2003-04 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Russia 1) (Playoffs)5 0 0 0 4 -3
2003-04 Team Belarus IIHF World Championships (Intl.)5 2 1 3 8 +6
2002-03 U20 Team Belarus (1983) U20 WJC (Intl.)6 2 0 2 2 -2
2001-02 Yunnost (Minsk) Belarus Elite (Reg.)26 10 7 17 16 -
2001-02 U18 Team Belarus (1984) U18 WJC (Intl.)8 2 1 3 2 -2
2001-02 U20 Team Belarus (1982) U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 1 1 2 -2
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