Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the hockey club has obtained centreman Mikhail Grabovski
(pronounced ‘gra BAWV-skee’) from the Montreal Canadiens. In exchange, the Canadiens will receive the rights to Greg Pateryn (selected in the 5th round of the 2008 Entry Draft) and Toronto’s second-round draft selection in 2010.
“Mikhail had tremendous success at the most recent World Hockey Championships,” said Fletcher. “He has great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position.”
Grabovski, 24, scored three goals and added six assists in 24 games for Montreal in 2007-08. He recorded his first NHL goal against Boston’s Manny Fernandez on October 22 at the Bell Centre. He missed 25 games due to an ankle injury this past season. Upon his return from the injury, he recorded 20 points in 12 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. His efforts earned him AHL Player of the Week honours for the period ending February 17. He was named first star in five consecutive AHL games from February 15 to February 20 at which point he was recalled to Montreal for the remainder of the season.
The native of Potsdam, East Germany was originally Montreal’s fourth choice, 150th overall, in 2004.
Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, also announced Thursday that the hockey club has signed forwards Dominic Moore, John Mitchell and Greg Scott
Moore, 27, signed a one-year contract with Toronto. He joined the Maple Leafs after being acquired off waivers from the Minnesota Wild last season. In 38 games with Toronto, Moore registered four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, along with 14 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating. In his NHL career, he has played in 224 games for the Rangers, Penguins, Wild and Maple Leafs recording 55 points (22 goals, 33 assists) with 108 penalty minutes. He was originally the New York Rangers’ second choice, 95th overall in the 2000 Entry Draft.
The Maple Leafs also announced the signing of John Mitchell to a two-year contract. Mitchell played in 79 games for the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies this past season and earned professional career-highs in goals (20), assists (31), points (51) and penalty minutes (56). The 23-year-old native of Waterloo, Ontario led the Marlies in both regular season goals and playoff goals (8), as the Marlies advanced to the Calder Cup Conference Final. The Maple Leafs selected the 6-2, 205-pound Mitchell in the fifth round, 158th overall in the 2003 Entry Draft.Greg Scott
signed a three-year entry level contract with the Maple Leafs. The 20-year-old native of Victoria, B.C., played in 72 games for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League this season recording a career-high 75 points (38 goals, 37 assists) along with 56 penalty minutes. In 2007-08, the 6-0, 188-pound left-winger led the entire WHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-40. During the playoffs, he played in 12 games, adding five goals, four assists and nine points