Monday, December 20, 2010

Mikhail Grabovski is the Leaf MVP

As many Maple Leaf players continue to struggle, Mikhail Grabovski seems to be hitting his stride. He is clearly now the Leaf's best forward, perhaps their best player right now. He has scored 7 goals in the past 8 games and with linemates Clarke MacArthur and Nikolai Kulemin, are the only productive combination this season.

Right now Grabovski is tied for the team lead in goals (12), second to MacArthur in points (25), second in shot on net (90) to Phil Kessel and third in plus/minus (0). He is second on the team in powerplay goas (4) although he isn't even on the first powerplay unit. Though I noticed that tonight for the first time this season he had more ice time on the powerplay than Phil Kessel.

Sure he is weak defensively but who isn't on the Leafs? And he is 11th on the list of highest paid Leafs below disappoints like Komisarek, Phaneuf, Kessel, Bozak (when you add in his bonus) and Giguere. Too bad players aren't paid based on performance. If they were, Leaf management would be saving millions.

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