"I had a lot of (scoring) chances even before, but I didn't have too much confidence -- I missed a few and then I got a little bit down on myself. After the All-Star Game, I didn't let it bother me when I missed a chance -- I'd just try to go out on the next shift and score."
-- Michael Grabner
"I knew I wasn't going to get too many more chances," Grabner told NHL.com. "I don't think it was that bad. I felt good going into training camp. I didn't do anything in the preseason games. I didn't create any offense, I didn't play my game, didn't score any goals. They did what they had to do.
"I was ready to go down to Rochester (Florida's AHL affiliate). I would have gone down and tried to work my way back."
Instead, he got another NHL chance when the New York Islanders claimed him on waivers -- and this time, he made the most of it. He led all rookies last season with 34 goals -- the most by any first-year player since Alex Ovechkin had 52 goals and Sidney Crosby had 39 in 2005-06 -- and was a Calder Trophy finalist.