Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Metalownall, Feb 13, 2011.
What did the all star-game did to him?
9g 3p, 12 pts since then.
Just a change of scenery in general...and more than anything...a true chance.
He got ice time, and the green light to pounce on chances.
gave him confidence.
He realized he was fast
He's a streaky player who is on a hot streak. Hell of a pickup for the Isles though, he should be a core player for them.
When he's hot, he's hot. Wow. I didn't like the fact that we moved him the day the deal went down. He was dynamite with Kesler and Raymond, I could only imagine what he could be doing now...
thank you Florida... via Vancouver...
The Panthers didn't need him... he wasn't young enough or didn't score enough for their rebuild.
This entire season has been amazing for him. He was considered a bust for the past few years, now he is a quality top 6 player.
He escaped the 3rd line. It's amazing what happens when you get to play on a scoring line.
Grabner got confident, he's faster than TAYLOR HALL! Twice lol.
If I beat Hall twice, I'd get confidence. And Hall is not slouch himself.
Or on a team with no pressure to perform.
Nothing happened really; he's just an offensive prospect who went from the most potent offensive team in the league to a rebuilding squad that has no issues giving young guys important ice-time (see spot in standings). He simply could not break onto Vancouver's roster, and the Canucks don't really allow younger players time to establish their game because they're in 'win now' mode. If you're a rookie in the line-up you're there because you're already making an impact (see: Schneider). We couldn't really wait around for Grabner to catch fire, and Vigneault's a bit of an odd-ball when it comes to earning ice-time for younger guys.
I dunno what the hell Florida was thinking though.
He got a little bit older, a little bit smarter, and a lot more confident.
Couldn't make it onto a Canucks scoring line and apparently Florida was so full of offensive dynamos he couldn't there either.
He's playing with so much more confidence now, and a lot of his scoring is coming from improved defensive play. He's playing a lot more aggressively in his own zone and is using his speed to break up plays and turn those into breakaways. Also, I think playing with Okposo and Nielsen has helped him, as both are highly reliable defensively, which allows him to play a more aggressive game, with less fear of making a costly defensive error. But what I've found most impressive about his offensive explosion is how the vast majority of his offensive chances are ones he's creating for himself.
I don't suspect he'll continue this torrid scoring pace, but if he can keep playing with this kind of confidence, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see him become a consistent 30+ goal scorer.
Vancouver didn't have a place for him. He has always been a speedy scoring winger, not very good defensively. No Idea what Florida was thinking.
He was never given a legitimate chance. He's one of those players that needs to play top 6 minutes or he will be useless.
Opportunity happened. Maybe some NHL coaches & management should take notes.
Not really... Vancouver definitely could have used him on the second line, like last year, but he was basically became expendable with Raymond being similar player. Grabner probably has more potential upside then Raymond but it was a matter of if he would ever reach it with his streaky play.
In the end Gillis knew what he was giving up and it made sense to trade for an durable defenseman when you consider how the team has been plagued with injuries on the back end for the past five years.
As for Florida, the writing was on the wall for that one... Grabner has looked terrible in pretty much every preseason game he's ever played so expecting him to all of a sudden tear it up to make the team was a little foolish...
Yes but he wasnt ready and he would never pass through waivers while there was no room for him on the Canucks who have a very deep team. Raymond on the other hand was and is also a much more rounded player, Grabner was and still is one dimensional(for now).
The best thing though is that its showing the Canucks investment in their developmental system starting to pay off. There a few other good prospects coming up on the team and next year Shirohkov will be in the same situation as Grabner. If he will be lucky then he will get a opportunity on a team where he can get icetime and he will be the next former Canuck prospect tearing it up. Nothing wrong with that.
Like everyone else mentioned though I dont see how Florida decided to waive Grabner, anyone who has watched him enough as a player knew that was the stupidest move to do for a team like Florida.
He's not on our scoring line.
I wonder if Filatov case could go the same way...
Guy's not really playing on a scoring line. He's playing with Nielsen who's an excellent defensive forward and Okposo who's more a power forward type that doesn't really score a lot. They all compliment eachother perfectly at the moment and Grabner has also gained confidence and makes great use of his speed. Simple things really.
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