The Toronto Maple Leafs’ positive, pesky play has caught many people off guard, including this scribe.
Mikhail Grabovski’s early-season success, however, has not.
Hey, when you get one right, you’ve got to ride it for all it’s worth.
Grabovski’s seven goals topped all rookies after last weekend’s action and his work on a line with Niklas Hagman and fellow freshman Nikolai Kulemin is a big reason the Leafs have been a fun team to watch this year.
Nobody ever questioned Grabovski’s skill, but the 24-year-old never proved he could play without the puck in Montreal and the Canadiens couldn’t find a spot for him behind Saku Koivu and Tomas Plekanec.
However, Toronto coach Ron Wilson has gotten through to Grabovski, who’s no longer a liability in his own zone.
Little surprising to see Wings give up 3.08 goals per game, which puts them 19th overall in the league
Looks like Nabokov won't miss too much time with his leg injury
Right now, there's a huge discrepancy between this spot in the power rankings and the top two slots
At $550,000, defenseman Dan Girardi is one of the league's best bargains
Captain Saku Koivu says this team is lucky to have the points and wins it does
The Hawks host Boston on Wednesday; when is the last time that was a game to get excited about?
Just two goals in 14 games for Derek Roy; Sabres need much more production than that
Pronger showing he's still a force with 14 points through 17 contests
Both of Ovechkin's goals came in the same game; he's been held scoreless in 10 contests this year
Sweet Bobby Lou, Canucks fans are so in love with you
Niklas Backstrom is playing well in goal and eligible to be a UFA come July
Sid obviously isn't right heading into big Cup final rematch in Detroit
So is Eric Staal an elite point-producer in this league or not? So far this year, the answer is not
People thought Vesa Toskala would have to stand on his head for this team to win, but he's got an .884 save percentage
Won one game in last five and nearly blew a five-goal lead in that one
The last Northeast team on this list, but actually playing pretty stingy 'D' of late
Brodeur is just one name on a long, long list of injured Devils
Turco's puck-playing blunder against San Jose a sure sign he and the Stars are pressing too hard
Three goals and five points in past two games for Olli Jokinen
20-year-old Steve Mason makes his case for crease time by winning the first three starts of his NHL career
No goals and two assists for Sam Gagner all year? That's not a jinx, that's a sophomore catastrophe
Is his third team a charm for 24-year-old Hobey Baker winner Matt Carle?
Only three players (Erat, Arnott and Weber) have more than two goals
Four-game winning streak shows team isn't a complete lost cause
Newcomer Steve Downie is good along the boards and can play a madman in owner Oren Koules' next film production
Hejduk shows there's some life left in his hands; after 14 games he's on pace for 47 goals
Looks like they'll be requiring another one of those patented late-season Panther pushes
Erik Ersberg making a case to take over No. 1 goalie spot
Lost five in a row and play next seven of 10 on the road, where they have just one win all year
Trent Hunter, a Calder finalist in 2004 you'll recall, had five goals and 11 points through 14 games
The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.
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