Michael Grabner had a great year for the New York Rangers after being picked up as a free agent in the offseason.
Grabner finished his regular season with 27 goals and 13 assists for 40 points and was one of the Rangers most impactful players due to his speed.
Though Grabner’s goals generally came in streaks, he proved that he is a valuable asset to the Rangers roster. He fits the dump-and-chase style of play the Rangers and because of his speed, proved to be dangerous on breakaways and odd man rushes.
Not only does Grabner make an impact in the offensive zone, but he also played strong hockey on the defensive end. Perhaps the best example of this is Grabner’s strong stat in the plus/minus category. He led the New York Rangers finishing the regular season at plus-22.
And these solid statistics carried over into the postseason. Grabner had six points (four goals, two assists) in 12 games for the Rangers. He scored some of the most important goals for the Rangers during the playoffs.
Grabner’s game may come in streaks, but because of this totals through the regular season, and because he came alive during the playoffs, he earns himself a nod.