A Belated Belarusian Birthday

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 31: Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for the face off to begin a power play against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 31, 2012 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Grabovski had two goals and an assist as Toronto dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to Pittsburgh. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Is Mikhail Grabovski Playing Like a Top-10 Center in the League? - Mike Langlois from Vintage Leaf Memories

I’m trying to remember exactly when, but at some point in this space last season I asked if Grabovski had become a top-10 NHL center. As I recall, some said yes but others thought that was a bit Leafcentric-sounding and not realistic, given the number of truly elite centers that there are in the league.

Former NHL coach Marc Crawford seemed to suggest last night on TSN that Grabovski was now in that elite group. I’m not sure if that’s the case. I guess it depends on what we mean by elite, eh? (We sure didn’t think so six weeks ago, when Grabbo seemed to be trying hard, but was not making much happen through the first 30 or so games of the current season…)

Heck, now the guy may be named the NHL Player of the Month for January (a made-up award in this modern-era, but what the heck, people seem to pay attention to these things) and he clearly has been a big part of any success the Leafs have had in recent weeks. So, you’ve all watched him play—where does he fit in the pantheon of NHL frontline centers?
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More links after the jump.

Game Recaps

Fighting for Stanley

Game 50 in 10 at MLHS

Leafs Links

Love in the Time of Trade-Season

BCP wants to set expectations in order to ease the pain.

What Would Be in a 2012 Maple Leafs Time Capsule?

Dirty Dangle thinks he knows.

Trade Rumblings: Flyers' D-man Search

LeBrun confirms that the Flyers have asked about Schenn.

The Mikhail Grabovski Trade

Jeffler isn't saying that it's lopsided........but it's totally lopsided.

Draft Schmaft: The Maple Leafs First Round Draft VI

Looking at 1978-1980.

Don Cherry's Bizarre Feud with Brian Burke

Cam looks deeper into something we got a glimpse off on HNIC.

Four Keys of the Home Stretch

Leafs should have read this before last night's game.

You Can't Replace Grabbo

Yakov Mironov looks at pending UFA production.

Other Links

Great Moments in All-Star Weekend History

DGB looks back at the good times.

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