Draft Shmaft

Cliff Fletcher has acquired Mikhail Grabovski from Montreal for prospect Greg Pateryn and the Leafs 2nd round pick in 2010. So yaaaay! No second round picks for years now! A C/LW, Grabovski is a 24 year old Belarusian who was Montreal's 5th round pick in the 2004 draft. Here's what Grabovski's all about according to HockeysFuture:

Mikhail Grabovski

Prospect Grade: 7.0 C  

History

In 200304 played for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the RSL, where he was fifth on the team in scoring. Also played for Team Belarus in the World Champhionships Division 1A. Before that he played in Belarus for the HC Younst Minsk club and the U-20 and U-18 in 2002-03 and 2001-02.

2005-06: Grabovsky was impressive in his performance this past year with Moscow Dynamo and has shown that he’s ready to make the jump overseas.

2006-07: His first season playing in North America, Grabovski was quick to acclimate, despite suffering a pre-season shoulder injury that delayed his regular season debut. His performance in Hamilton (AHL) was strong enough to earn a look in Montreal, and he instantly grabbed attention with his dynamic rushes and offensive prowess during his brief 3 game stay mid-season.

Talent Analysis

The talented young forward is an overage player, but proved quite capable on the surprising Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) squad, which was the Super League’s overachiever all season long. A smooth skater with good speed, Grabovski leads the rush and made a significant contribution on offense.

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