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Grabner hoping his Sochi scoring success translates back to the NHL

Feb 16, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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Michael Grabner has had no problem filling the net for Austria’s Olympic hockey team. However, the same can’t be said about the season he’s having back in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders.

Grabner scored twice for Austria on Sunday, as that nation recorded a 3-1 victory over Norway for its first win of the competition in Sochi. That will go nicely with his hat trick in the Austria’s tournament-opening loss to Finland last week. Five goals totaled through three preliminary games. Not bad at all. Perspective: Austria, as a team, has only scored seven goals.

But back in the NHL, scoring has proven to be difficult this season for Grabner. The speedy 26-year-old forward has only nine goals and 20 points in 56 games this season with the Islanders. A 34-goal scorer in 2010-11, Grabner has seen his goal totals drop significantly every season since then.

Perhaps what he’s doing for Austria in Sochi can help propel him to better production with New York.

“I should have probably 20, but I didn’t score as many goals over there as I want yet,” Grabner said, as per the Associated Press. “It’s nice to get some here, and maybe get the confidence when I go back.”

  1. bcisleman - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    If Grabs’ finishing ever catches up w/ his ability to create scoring chances w/ his speed, he will be in the HHOF.

  2. canada2014gold - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Yeah we said that in Vancouver for a few years. Hanson too

    • jl9830 - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      He wasn’t on Vancouver for “a few years.” They stupidly traded him before that.

  3. 19to77 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    He’s a hot and cold NHL guy, though. Got the skill to light it up on easier ice, but in the tight-checking NHL game, he can’t keep up that one-time 30+ goal performance. Even if the ‘Nucks had kept him he wouldn’t have recovered his 30+ goal form. All the ice time in the world and he hasn’t done it with the Isles. This production won’t translate back to the NHL, unfortunately.

    • 19to77 - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Yo, downvoters. Make a convincing argument that Grabner can be a 30-goal player again this year or next. Go on, put your money where your downvotes are and speak up.

  4. carltonthurman - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    while i think capuano has done ok, grabner and bailey are the 2 reasons you can consider firing him after this season. these are obviously very talented players who are playing nowhere near their potential.

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