Mikhail Grabovski: 2013-14 Season Review

Yesterday was Fehr and today it’s Grabo! What is this– my birthday?! No, it’s not my birthday; you people actually showed up this time.

Mikhail Grabovski is awesome and played awesome. Then he got hurt, which was not awesome. But then he came back– and before you think that’s awesome, lemme stop you right there. It was not.

By the Numbers

58 Games played
15.4 Average time on ice per game
13 Goals
22 Assists
51.0% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
56.5% Goal percentage during 5v5
8.9% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
93.4% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

Peter’s Take

Mikhail Grabovski was GMGM’s big signing of the summer of 2013. Grabo scored a hat trick in his first game as a Capital, and there was much rejoicing.

Adam Oates didn’t make Grabo’s job easy though, using the possession forward in the bottom six for much of November and December. That’s when the Chimera-Ward pairing first bloomed, as any flower would do in the presence of Grabo’s loving warmth.

Then Grabo got called up to the big time, sharing shifts with Alex Ovechkin. Together for 235 minutes, the Russian and the Belarusian scored 58.8 percent of goals during 5v5– the highest rate Ovi saw with any forward all season. That period– late December and early January– saw the Caps playing some of their best hockey, but it didn’t last.

Grabo injured his leg at the end of January and lasted about one shift before he re-injured it one month later. The Caps had to do without their most versatile player for the toughest part of the season.

So what’s next for Grabo? He says he’s waiting to learn what the Caps’ coaching situation will be, so we all have that in common I guess. If I were setting off-season priorities, it’d go like this: 1) get a general manager; 2) get a coach; 3) buy Peter one of those awesome desk chairs from the conference room at KCI; and then 4) SIGN GRABO. If they go out of order, I’m cool with that. But I really want that chair.

Grabo Grabo Grabo on RMNB

In Pictures

Dammit.

Double dammit. This was his first shift back in February.

Crap like this is why Buffalo owned the Caps this season.

And here’s Grabo going “jokes” again. Like it’s lacrosse.

Jokes jokes jokes, this is my new favorite word. Maybe tied with rego.

Your Turn

Is Grabo gonna re-sign? Say yes. Please say yes.

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  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    RMNB covered the living hell out of Grabo this year

  • Steven Lemmeyer

    I am offended and appalled that you did not include this beaut’! No chair for you! http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/mikhail-grabovski-shootout-goal.gif

  • tpr04

    I would resign Grabo, but it’s really going to come down to whether the changes in coach works for him and what his demands are. In terms of performance, his numbers are better than they appear by adding in the Oates and lax defense handicaps.

    Originally, it was Laich-Grabo-Brouwer on the 2nd line. While everyone could see the problem was Laich, it took 25 games and Laich admitting he was injured in order for that to sink in with Oates.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I apologize for sucking

  • Steven Lemmeyer

    It’s okay, Peter, the first step is admitting the problem. You can have the chair again.

  • Thekert

    Oh man, I didn’t know he tried to do that pop over the net shot again. Looks like it didn’t work quite as well as in the playoffs last year, which still didn’t quite make it in, but that’s awesome that he gave it a shot. I love how creative he can be out there and he doesn’t seem scared to try anything, an attitude that was at risk of being sucked out of him if he stayed in Toronto, so I’m glad to see he has been given a bit more freedom there. Good luck getting him signed again and take care of the crazy bastard.

  • Simonezero

    Please re-sign. New jersey selection depends on it.

  • troyerlaw

    speaking of going jokes, both Grabo and Semin have had limited, but notable success going full beer-league jokes during shootout by racing down full speed and then unleashing giant slapper from about 20 feet out. i really wish that Ovie would try this once or twice. his shot is his most nuclear of weapons. further, even if the slappers themselves do not score, the addition to his repertoire will certainly open up more options for him in the shootout, once goalies start to develop the fear that he will fire cannon jokes from close range. these are my thoughts on the topic. which is not the same topic as the post. but there you have it. ANYBODY BUT THE PENS THIS PLAYOFF SEASON. aloha.

  • frowning

    *sage nod*

  • Steven Lemmeyer

    Same

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett
  • Owen Johnson

    I shared this on here before, but I feel it’s relevant again now.
    During the 3rd period of the game against the Blackhawks at the end of the season, my dad and I snuck up to section 102 and sat near Ovi’s mom and some middle aged bald dude in a suit and an eastern European accent. After Grabovski made a sick pass to Ovi, I mentioned how I wished the Caps would re-sign him, and the middle-aged bald dude with the Eastern European accent turned to me and asked me my name. I asked why and he said he was Grabo’s agent. I freaked out (probably did a #perrycelly, a #alzycelly and a #lattacelly at the same time). After the game, I shook his hand and begged him to please convince Grabo to re-sign. He said a few business things in my ear which I pretended to, but couldn’t quite hear. So, long story short; if Grabo re-signs, give me some credit, eh?

  • Owen Johnson

    I read this wrong the first time. “Why would he go to the Devils if he re-signs?”

  • Connor

    Grabo is just plain great. We gotta get him back next season. If we can sign Grabo and add one more talented center, it will give the new HC so many options on who to play where. Fehrsie is okay at 3C but is better suited playing RW (I would say on the first line with OV at LW) Names like Statsny, Kesler will be highly sought after. There are rumors that Spezza could be on the trading block but he has 7mill cap hit….Another interesting rumor coming out is the Rags could look to move Derek Stepan. 2 years left on a 3 mill cap hit is outstanding for his value. Just not sure we would be able to get a deal done with the Rags being in the metro. But maybe they would like to move up in the draft and we give up our first pick for stepan along with brouwer or mojo or something.

    Ovechkin – Backstrom – Fehr

    Kuznetsov – Grabovski – Wilson
    Chimera – Stepan – Burakovsky/Ward

    Latta/Laich – Beagle/Latta – Ward/Brown

    That’s sexy

  • VeggieTart

    That’s so sexy it made my nipples hard. I’m licking my lips. Except for one thing: Try not to split Chimera and Ward.

  • Connor

    Yeah I love the Ward-Chimmer combo as much as the next guy, but if Burakovsky is going to be up with the big club we can’t give him the Willy 4th line treatment. Honestly I see him playing in Hershey next year while getting a few call ups, but we will see how is training camp goes

  • yv

    Since Carlyle is resigned for one more year, then there is one danger less for Grabo that Caps will hire someone he is not liking to play for.
    Grabo hosting right now USA at Worlds, and he has tough goal to push Belarus to knockout rounds.
    WC has quite an interesting start for Caps. Caps names are already everywhere. Huet made fantastic, save of the year during the game, and beat Canada in SOs. While Russian Caps are on score sheet in RUS – Swiss 5:0 win. Kuzya’s goal was later given to Schipachev, despite he seems celebrated, like he redirected the puck.

  • Owen Johnson

    Brouwer Rangers rebuttal in 3… 2… 1…

  • VeggieTart

    Yeah, this is true. I wouldn’t be sad to see Burakovsky spend time in Hershey before he gets a shot with Washington. In which case…

  • wikipuff

    the only problem I have with putting ovi on the left again is that how much will his production go down? he would have to readjust again. Which if memory serves me correct, that would be a while.

  • JenniferH

    Because RMNB is smart and covers good hockey.

  • Eric Schulz

    I’m sorry, but that’s clearly not the case; RMNB is on the outside looking in. If you all knew hockey, you’d be in the game. GMGM said that. And obviously Grabovski isn’t good, because Carlyle bought him out, and Carlyle is in the business of hockey, therefore is NOT the moron he appears to be to those of us who aren’t as hockey savvy.

  • Eric Schulz

    Chimera and Ward should be together on the 4th line in that scenario. I’d have Latta centering them if he’s still here probably, although Beagle would work too. Burakovsky and Laich are the 3rd line wingers. If Laich’s not healthy… we may have to use Latta there and Brown on 4th C, or Brown there with Latta at 4 C, or Brown there with Beagle at 4 C.

  • Eric Schulz

    Sarcasm?

  • Eric Schulz

    I wish Ovie would never try it… because he can’t try that when he’s stapled to the bench during the shootout.

  • Mike Logan

    Ah yes GMGM and Carlyle – two guys who think they invented hockey

  • Austin

    The fact that laich is even in this scenario disturbs me. I like him he’s a great guy but if we see a good trade opportunity this summer he’s gotta be on the block.