Michael has been shuffled around the lines a bit to begin the season, his consistency is the only thing holding him back with flashes of pure offensive skill. If he wants to pop some goals, he will have to show he deserves PP time and a chance on the 2nd line.Analysis: He has an ideal skill-set for the “new” NHL; speed, a quick first-step, a devastating shot, and impeccable one-on-one skills. He was always able to slip-through checks at the junior level, but he will have to add some bulk in order to do the same in the NHL. A full year in the AHL will help him improve his consistency, which has been an issue in the past. If he has the commitment to bulking up and playing well regularly, he has the ceiling to be a first line winger in the NHL, and a scoring threat every time he steps on the ice.
Scout Update: As good as his former team the Spokane Chiefs are doing, Grabner is doing just as well with the Moose, he has been the team’s most prominent rookie and has provided balanced offensive flare throughout the year while playing in every game so far. He has appeared downright dominating on his good nights. His defensive play has not seen a lapse, although there is still space for improvement. He seems to be taking everything his coaches are saying, and displaying that knowledge on the ice. If his stellar play continues and he remains near the top of the Moose scoring chart, and the AHL rookie chart, a callup might not be too far down the road.FEATURES