Michael Grabner will have to work a little harder for a regular season debut with the Leafs.
When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Michael Grabner in September, it looked like a great opportunity for a fresh start for the former Islanders' forward. But contrary to any positivity the trade might have generated, the right wing suffered a setback Wednesday night when he couldn't crack the Leafs' opening night roster.
The healthy scratch is another blow for Grabner, who was once a 34-goal scorer back in 2010-11. Grabner's numbers have been in steady decline since that impressive season, and he played in just 34 games for the Islanders last year and posted 13 points (eight goals, five assists).
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Grabner is only 28 years old and has plenty of time to regain his form as a valuable member of a team, but it is clear he still has a lot of work ahead of him if he hopes to make an impact with the Leafs.