What is Mikhail Grabovski worth?
f there’s a Toronto Maple Leafs player who’s a little underappreciated around the league, it’s probably Mikhail Grabovski.
Although you can make an argument for Carl Gunnarsson, too.
But when some of those trade rumours began to start up last month with Grabovski’s name included, it appeared perhaps he was underappreciated by Leafs management as well.
Brian Burke, however, was quick to dispel that talk, saying that even though Grabovski was a pending unrestricted free agent, that didn’t necessarily mean he was going anywhere.
And looking at what he’s done of late, you have to wonder how the Leafs can do anything but re-sign him on a long-term deal.
Last season, when a lot went wrong for Toronto early on, Grabovski was the team’s best player, rising to the occasion with a career year both offensively (29 goals and 29 assists) and defensively (a team leading plus-14).
After a slow start this year, the 28-year-old Belarussian has again been the best Leaf on the ice over the last 15 games, with 12 points in his last six and 20 during Toronto’s 10-4-1 run since the start of 2012.
His scoring pace is now better than it was a year ago – 31 goals, 68 points over 82 games – despite the fact he’s spent most of the season with a bit of an anchor on his line in Nikolai Kulemin.