Grabovski

 

Washington has found its second line center - former Leaf Mikhail Grabovski.


Fantasy Impact - Grabovski is a heck of a center who will bounce back in a huge way this season. He wasn't in the right role to succeed in Toronto last year, and found a way to be productive despite playing brutally tough minutes (doing the dirty work for Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri, essentially). He's skilled, quick, and surprisingly gritty. And he fills a major need for Washington, who were entering the season without a true second line center after losing Mike Ribeiro to free agency.

 

The Capitals get - as mentioned above, Grabovski is a proven top-six point producer who can contribute positively in many areas. He's quick and a really well-rounded offensive player, and he can also go up against the top opposing lines. Toronto misused him last season, and he will have plenty of motivation (not only to prove them wrong, but to earn a big pay day as he is on just a one-year deal) this season in Washington.

 

Not only is Grabovski a really good player, but he's a lot of fun to watch, too. He may not be as good as Ribeiro is/was from a pure offensive standpoint, but he's arguably a better overall hockey player.

 

Fantasy Players Impacted - this is probably the best possible fit for Grabovski. The Capitals have two really good second line wingers (Martin Erat, a strong two-way possession winger, and Troy Brouwer, a big sniper with great hands around the net), and they now have one of the better second offensive units in hockey.

 

This move bumps Mathieu Perreault down to line four (or the press box), and Brooks Laich down to line three. It hurts Laich's offensive potential for this season, but his game is really well-suited for a grinding, third line type of role (especially alongside similar players like Jason Chimera and Joel Ward).

 

Potential Line Combos:

 

 

Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin

Erat-Grabovski-Brouwer

Chimera-Laich-Ward

Fehr-Perreault-Beagle/Wilson

 

Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

 

1. Grabovski

2. Erat

3. Brouwer

4. Ward

5. Chimera

6. Fehr

 

Fantasy Players this hurts, in order

 

1. Perreault

2. Laich


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Jaxx said:

Jaxx
type of player grabbo is more of a $4m player. with how carlyle was using him and at cap hit of $5.5, leafs just couldn't make it work. he is a good player but definitely not the semi-gawd everyone is making him out to be - my biggest beef with him is that he is a loner, on and off the ice. he will do well in washington and score a new big payday again. just not with the leafs.
August 24, 2013
Votes: +1

jjmckenn said:

jjmckenn
Don't assume @robmyatt

I've read many articles on him. People always revert back to his corsi numbers when those aren't even all that great (not that individual corsi numbers are all that useful anyway). People keep making excuses for him when his just simply dropped the ball last year.
August 23, 2013
Votes: -1

5hole said:

5hole
PP1 Any chance the PP units look like this:

Grabo-Back's-Brouwer-Ovi-Green

2nd: Mojo-Laich-Erat-Carlson-Kundratek

Thoughts?
August 23, 2013
Votes: +0

robmyatt said:

robmyatt
please read @jjmckenn

you clearly haven't read the article and just looked at point totals and made your comment.
August 23, 2013
Votes: +2

jjmckenn said:

jjmckenn
Grabovski is meh I like the guy but he has been hugely overrated since his release from the Leafs. Bottom line, he had a terrible year last year no matter how you spin it. He was outscored by noted offensive force Jay Mcclement, who played tougher minutes than Grabbo, with less pp time, avg. Toi, and worse line mates. To me, 3M is his actual worth, but he should hopefully be a slight upgrade on Laich for the Caps.
August 23, 2013
Votes: -1
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