Sunday, January 03, 2010

Grabovski Out With Fractured Wrist

Bad news has befallen the Maple Leafs as their tough season continues to get even tougher with a couple new injuries to report from Saturday night's game against the Flames. The Leafs will now be without Mikhail Grabovski for the next six weeks due to a fractured wrist and they will also be without veteran centre, Wayne Primeau, for upwards of four weeks with a knee injury.

This season for the Leafs, Grabovski has 7 goals and 18 assists in 42 games, which ranks him 6th in team scoring this season, but hasn't been terribly clutch for the team in that same time. He did have a pretty good start to the season, but hasn't had a great recent stretch, having only 2 assists in his last five games. This long-term injury will keep the Belarusian winger from achieving any career-high numbers.

Primeau, on the other hand, has only 5 points in 32 games, which isn't great scoring numbers, by any means. Primeau's real value comes from his faceoff percentage, where he has a 55.4% effective rate in the circle.

ImplicationsThis new long-term injury to Grabovski is not terribly timed for Allan in the Draft, as he'll only have to sit through the next couple of weeks before the second Waiver Draft picks take effect and Grabovski will likely be dropped. Grabovski was a 12th round selection for Allan in the pool this year and his 25 points are not terrible for a low pick like that, but he'll now have to employ a new forward to pick up the slack.

Grabovski was also taken twice in the Sheet pool this year from Box 20, so it should be fair to say I'm expecting a couple more drops. Grabovski's 25 points isn't too bad in the box, trailing former-Leaf, Nik Antropov of the Thrashers by 11 right now.

Primeau was not a fantasy player in any respect this season.

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