Friday, February 20, 2015

Grabovski Believed to be Concussed

On Friday morning, the New York Islanders announced that forward Mikhail Grabovski was placed on the Injured Reserve, but they didn't mention the exact injury that he suffered. There was plenty of reason to think that the 31-year old Belorussian suffered a concussion after getting leveled by Nashville's Eric Nystrom with a clean open-ice hit.

Grabovski was on the ice for a little while after the hit, but there was footage of him leaving on his own power, which was a good sign.  The IR designation means that he will miss at least a week's worth of action, which is the minimum amount of time that he'll miss under the concussion protocol as well, but there was really nothing there to suggest that he would be faster than a week.

In 51 games, the free agent signing from the Summer has 9 goals and 19 points with the club, which ranks him 308th overall in pool scoring, after Thursday night.

ImplicationsAllan took Grabovski (of course he did!) in the 13th round, 295th overall and was getting relatively the right amount of production out of him, comparing ranking to draft position.  Unfortunately, not everyone on his team has been running at the same capacity and his team is now mired 5 points below 22nd and dropping skater games like it's nobody's business.

Allan is the current leader for both non-pool winning bobbleheads, as his skater games gap is now 19 games, and it will only get worse, now that Grabovski won't be giving him any help in the near future.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

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