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Mikhail Grabovsky

  • This summer the Canadiens quitely signed a young Belarussian named Mikhail Grabovsky.

    Get used to that name.

    Watch the highlights.

    Would you prefer this guy or Mike Ribeiro as a starter and 20 minutes of ice a night?

    Will he challenge for a spot this year?

    Granted, it’s one highlight reel and you can’t judge a player solely on a few good shifts. But the kid obviously has lots of talent and definitely seems a little more hungry than some of our current Centerman.

    Can’t wait to see him in a Habs jersey. Hopefully sooner than later.

23 Comments
  1. Who is Grabovsky? what position does he play? Why is he so touted, and given so much ink? I haven’t heard about him before. If someone has some info about him, please let us know. God knows we could use some more offensive talent. With all the rumours floating around, involving the habs, I wonder if we are going to be making a trade before the deadline. We need to do something about obtaining another centerman! It is absolutely a must!

  2. #2 Sly Vester says:
    August 23, 2006 at 12:13 am

    well he’s a bellarusian centreman and thats all i know! Maybe he’ll play in the offseason cause he’s supposed to be a pretty talented guy… maybe to center Sammy and Kovy ;)

    Is that video link NOT working for anyone else? All i get is sound! BLASTT!!

  3. #3 Sly Vester says:
    August 23, 2006 at 12:14 am

    by offseason i mean preseason

  4. #4 Saku jr says:
    August 23, 2006 at 11:03 am

    well sylvester it should work, I’m the one who introduced the video link to this website. Trust me, right now you’re thinking he’s got talent. If you would c this video, you would know he has talent. I’m actually starting to think he has a brighter future than Kostitsyn. Besides, he’s MUCH MUCH MUCH better than Ribeiro.
    Samsonov – Grabovsky – Kovalev all the way!!!!!!

  5. #5 Saku jr says:
    August 23, 2006 at 11:05 am

    Some say he’s the next Datsyuk…
    personally, I believe it.

  6. #6 Alestar says:
    August 23, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    I saw the video…nice.

    I just hope they give him a chance and don’t send him to the farm for 2 seasons!

    GO HABS GO!

  7. i couldn’t see the video either

  8. Video works fine, takes time to load tho,
    here’s some stats for yas all

    Mikhail Grabovsky
    Center
    Born Jan 31 1984 — Potsdam, Belarus
    Height 5.09 — Weight 172 — Shoots L

    Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 5 #150 overall 2004 NHL Entry Draft

    — Regular Season — —- Playoffs —-
    Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
    ————————————————————————————–
    2003-04 Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik Russi 44 6 11 17 28 5 0 0 0 4
    2004-05 Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik Russi 60 16 20 36 34 3 2 0 2 2
    2005-06 Moscow Dynamo Russi 48 10 18 28 28
    ————————————————————————————–

  9. #9 HabFanStuckInOttawa says:
    August 23, 2006 at 8:52 pm

    DUDE! I am pretty psyched about this kid! I agree, he should definately be allowed to play this season, especially if all the offseason moves have already been made. Go Habs Go!!

  10. I tried gathering as much as i could find about a dozen Habs prospects on posted it on my blog. If anyone wishes to check it out, the link is:

    http://wwwrealitycheckeyesontheprize.blogspot.com/2006/08/futures-so-bright-gotta-wear-shades.html#links

    I learned lots and it’s nice to have it all in one place. I will try to keep it up to date. If any of you knowledgable folks have link suggestions or avy other comments, feel free to fire them off to me. TY

  11. Very nice reality check, great layout.

  12. #12 koivufan says:
    August 24, 2006 at 6:35 pm

    I too love this kid but I think we might have to wait until 2008 to see him in a habs uni. But anything is possible.

  13. #13 Habs#1 says:
    August 24, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    Great blog reality check. It’s very accurate and not many teams if any can say they have such a wealth of prospects.

    Take that Toronto!

    (By the way, it’s Erik Johnson, not Ryan that was drafted first overall.)

  14. #14 reality check says:
    August 25, 2006 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for the kind words guys. I stand corrected on Erik – Ryan J is my paperboy LOL.

    I think the Habs are well positioned to pull off a blockbuster deal (if such deals still exist) with all the assets they have. It is going to be a very interesting seasona and I expect the team to be off to the same flying start they had last season before injuries hit.

    It’s gonna be fun.

  15. We won’t see him play this season and probably not the next one too. He is playing in the russian league, and it’s hard to make them play here. You have seen it with Pitsburgh, they got some troubles. When he come here, it’s gonna be to play.

    But is he “THAT” good ? From the video highlight he looks like he have some talents, but it’s russian league, far from the NHL. He got 36 points in 60 games with 16 goals and 20 assists in 04-05 and 28 points in 48 games in 05-06 with the dynamo, that’s not that much for that league. I don’t know how much ICE time out there, but there is something weird in my opinion.

    And how old is he ? 31 jan 1984 that mean he is already 22.

    I hope he get experience, play well and be able to play here cause he have great talent, see the ice well, looks fast with a good acceleration, nice hockey sense too.

  16. Wrong. He’s already been signed to a 3 year deal. And that was not the ‘Russian League” it was the 2006 World Championships.

  17. #17 riser8 says:
    August 25, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    Grabovsky could very well be the surprise dark horse at this years training camp. I have read some quotes from Trevor Timmins regarding this kid; and he really is blessed with elite level speed,vision,as well as an above average shot. Timmins also said he wouldnt be surprised to see him push for a roster spot, but the betting is that Grabovsky will start the season in Hamilton in order to gain some experience with the north american style of play. Contrary to some peoples opinions his stats were impressive in the RSL the last two years. He played as an import (he is from Belarus not Russia)so he had less ice time than a homegrown Russian, as well the RSL is a low scoring league. I am looking forward to seeing this kid play and he really could be something with his fellow countrymen in the not too distant future!

  18. While one highlight reel from the second division of the WHC is hardly indicative of much, it sure looks good. I’d like to see how he does against some real players, first, before I get too excited, mind you, but…he did a Forsberg on that poor Kazakh goalie. Never saw it coming.

  19. #19 A-WALL says:
    August 27, 2006 at 10:06 am

    I think the habe will do well this season they have all the tools to take home the presidents trophy as well as the cup.. and this bellrussian superstar will probably take over the league

  20. #20 Patrice says:
    August 28, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Hi

    Some info about that Bielorussian player are available on this web link :
    http://hockeysfuture.com/prospect/mikhail_grabovsky

  21. this story is realy great thanks

  22. i watched the video this guy is fast and got great hands .wooooooow you can watch the video go to habsblog.com to see it go habs go

  23. #23 Paul Spiller says:
    October 5, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Who!?? Trade him!

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