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Michael Grabner is a great story. An early waiver pick up by the Islanders in October, Grabner was thought to be just a depth player or a fill-in. By the end of the year, he was nominated for the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL's top rookie.
Grabner quickly made himself known to everyone in the league.
His speed is overpowering. He won the fastest skater competition in the NHL's Skills Competition during All-Star weekend.
He has a good shot, scoring a rookie-leading 34 goals last year. He finished third among rookies with 52 points.
One of the more intriguing stats was his plus-minus. Grabner was a plus-13 last year on a team that only had a few plus players.
It will be hard for Grabner to repeat this year, but I think he will do it. It is looking like a Matt Moulson repeat from a couple years ago; Grabner’s skills and ability should allow him to do the same this year. When you get a guy with 40-goal potential on your team, you know that you've done something right.