This move will certainly not endear Mr. Grabovski to Guy Carbonneau or his teammates for that matter. I was a little bit surprised to see Grabovski as a health scratch with Mathieu Dandenault in his place but let’s be realistic, he was bounced around and physically overmatched against the Sharks on Monday…….but wasn’t everybody for that matter!!!
There is no questioning Grabovski’s skill set……..the guy can fly, is a good playmaker and handle the puck really well………it’s his small stature, inability to win battles along the boards and go to the center of the ice that needs to change or improve.
Yes, he was ripping up the AHL with 18 points (G-8 A-10) in 7 games before he was recalled by the Habs but how many players succeed at that level and never transfer that success to the NHL……quite a few!!!
I still think Grabovski has an NHL future but he needs to get physically stronger and work through his frustration of not playing one game. It definitely leaves a bad taste in a hockey player’s or fan’s mouth when a player abandons his team for self serving reasons. It’s an unnecessary distraction for the team during a crucial period of the season. Let’s just hope this is a lesson learned and water under the bridge for young Mr. Grabovski……..maybe he should talk to Josh Gorges about being patience and making the most of his playing time/opportunities…..it certainly worked for Gorges!!!!