Michael Grabner Biography
Michael Grabner was born on 5 October 1987, he is an Austrian professional ice hockey player for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Grabner grew up playing for the local team in Villach, EC VSV. He moved to North America at the age of 17 and joined the Spokane Chiefs of the major junior Western Hockey League (WHL) to further his hockey career.
After his second season with the Chiefs, he was selected 14th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Grabner played one more season in the WHL before moving to the American Hockey League (AHL), where he played two seasons in the Canucks’ farm system.
He was traded during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the Florida Panthers, but was claimed by the New York Islanders after Florida placed him on waivers with the intention of assigning him to their AHL affiliate. Grabner spent five seasons with the Islanders before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015. Internationally, Grabner has appeared for Austria in both junior and senior tournaments, and played in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Michael Grabner Age
5 October 1987 (age 30 as of 2018)
Michael Grabner Wife
Heather Grabner – On 31 March 2011, Grabner and wife Heather, whom he met while playing in Spokane, gave birth to a baby boy.
Michael Grabner Stats
- Born: October 5, 1987
- Birthplace: Villach, AUT
- Shoots: Left
- Draft: 2006 VAN, 1st rd, 14th pk (14th overall)
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Feb. 23, 2018 – nytimes
Rangers Trade Michael Grabner in a Rare Deal With the Devils
Two weeks after publicy promising major roster changes amid a season sliding away, the Rangers on Thursday traded their leading goal scorer, Michael Grabner, to the Devils. Grabner has 25 goals and six assists in 59 games this season, and the trade makes him the 12th player to spend time with the Rangers, the Islanders and the Devils.
The Rangers received a second-round draft pick in the June draft and defenseman Yegor Rykov, 20, from the Devils, who are currently in playoff position, 11 points ahead of the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.
It is the first trade between the Rangers and the Devils since the Colorado Rockies moved to New Jersey and became the Devils in 1982. The last trade between the franchises came in November 1979, when the Rangers acquired defenseman Barry Beck from the Rockies for five players. Grabner scored 27 goals for the Rangers last season after they signed him to a two-year, $3.3 million contract. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Grabner, a 30-year-old Austrian, has also played for Vancouver and Toronto during his nine-year N.H.L. career. He scored a career-best 34 goals for the Islanders in 2010-11. The trade is the second this week for the Rangers; they sent defenseman Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for defenseman Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-round draft pick.
The Rangers have lost five straight games, and 12 of their last 15, falling into last place in their division. They have missed the playoffs only once in the last 12 seasons, and the lone absence came down to the last day of the 2009-10 regular season.
Grabner and his fellow forward Rick Nash were scratched from the Rangers’ lineup for Thursday’s 3-1 loss at Montreal, fueling speculation that trades might be near. Nash, who also will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, is expected to be traded before Monday’s deadline.
Nash, 33, has 18 goals and 10 assists in 60 games this season. He scored a career-best 42 goals in the 2014-15 season. He is in the final year of an eight-year, $62.4 million contract that he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who traded him to the Rangers in July 2012.
Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers’ captain who has not played since a 6-1 loss to Boston on Feb. 7 because of an upper-body injury, has also been mentioned in trade speculation. His contract will expire after next season. The Rangers host Minnesota on Friday and Detroit on Sunday before leaving for a trip to Western Canada after Monday’s deadline.
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New York Rangers: Should they extend Michael Grabner or trade him?
Following a 27-goal season, Michael Grabner leads the New York Rangers in goals with 18 already this year. The Austrian winger is on pace for a career-high 38 goals. Does that mean the Rangers should re-sign him?
Grabner’s on track for unrestricted free agency this summer. His next deal figures to dwarf his current two-year, $1.65 million per season contract. Fitting in a substantial raise might prove tricky for the Rangers’ salary cap.
On the other hand, where would they be without Grabner’s production? While the Rangers are far from Stanley Cup favorites, his scoring has them firmly in the playoff picture. New York could also take a major step forward next season with the arrival of 2017 draft picks Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson. It’s hard to imagine the rookies putting the Rangers over the top if they lose Grabner’s depth scoring.
The Rangers have to give Michael Grabner a raise if they want to keep him. He might require a substantial one. This year is Grabner’s age 30 season, making next year his age 31 season. The chart below tracks deals given out over the last two offseasons to forwards 30 or over who scored at least 20 goals in their contract year.
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Michael Grabner Current Teams
- New Jersey Devils
#40 / Left wing
- Austria men’s national ice hockey team
#40 / Forward
Michael Grabner NHL
Born in Villach, Grabner began playing hockey at the age of five. He joined his EC VSV’s junior team, scoring 10 points over 13 games in 2002–03. The following year, he improved to 32 goals and five assists over 23 games, while also debuting with EC VSV’s men’s team in the Austrian Hockey League.
In the subsequent off-season, he was selected 22nd overall by the Spokane Chiefs in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft. Grabner believed that playing major junior in North America would help his goal of making it to the NHL. He had been exposed to Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz through a connection with his head coach in EC VSV, Greg Holst.
Grabner left Austria to join Spokane for the 2004–05 WHL season, but suffered a broken collarbone in his first exhibition game. He missed approximately a month with the injury and scored his first WHL goal on 29 October 2004, in a 4–2 loss against the Seattle Thunderbirds. He went on to record 13 goals and 24 points in his rookie season.
The following season, he improved to 36 goals and 50 points. Playing in his NHL draft year, he competed in the CHL Top Prospects Game and scored a goal and two assists. Shortly thereafter, he notched his first WHL career hat trick on 4 February 2007, in a 7–5 win against the Tri-City Americans. Grabner’s draft stock went up significantly in the second half of the season, as he scored 22 goals in the final 23 games of 2005–06.
He entered the 2006 NHL Entry Draft having been ranked 23rd overall among prospects playing in North America by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. He was chosen 14th overall by the Vancouver Canucks. Grabner was admittedly surprised to be chosen in that position of the draft, as he was projected to be a late first-round to early second-round pick. He had been scouted as highly skilled offensively with his speed and his shot his strengths.
He participated in his first NHL training camp in 2006, before being returned to the Chiefs for the 2006–07 season. Early in his third WHL season, he suffered a hip pointer after receiving a slash. Due to lingering pain from the injury he was in and out of the lineup for several games before being sidelined for a month in November and early-December.
In mid-February, he recorded six goals in a span of three games to be named WHL and CHL Player of the Week ( 12–18 February 2007). Grabner with 39 goals and 16 assists in 55 games for a point-per-game pace over the course of the season. However, he was criticized by his coach for his lack of physical play.
Manitoba Moose and Vancouver Canucks
After the Chiefs were eliminated from the 2007 WHL playoffs, Grabner joined the Canucks’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose for their final two games of the regular season and the playoffs. Grabner joined the Moose for his first full professional season in 2007–08, recording 44 points in 74 games as a rookie.
The following season, on 26 February 2009, Grabner was recalled by the Canucks to replace Pavol Demitra who suffered a fractured finger the night before. However, later that day, Grabner was reassigned to Manitoba after Demitra was deemed fit to play. He finished his second season with the Moose improving to 30 goals, tied for the team lead with Jason Krog, and 48 points in 66 games, helping the Moose to the league’s best regular season record.
After eliminating the Toronto Marlies and Grand Rapids Griffins in the first two rounds of the 2009 playoffs, Grabner scored the series-clinching goal in the sixth game of the semifinals, a 3–1 win over the Houston Aeros. Grabner finished with 17 points in 20 games as the Moose finished as Calder Cup runners-up.
Coming off a successful second AHL season, Grabner was expected to challenge for a roster spot at the Canucks’ 2009–10 training camp, but was sent back down to the Moose before the start of the regular season. After a quick start with the Moose, however, scoring four goals in five games, he was called up by the Canucks on 14 October 2009, to replace injured star winger Daniel Sedin. Grabner then scored his first NHL goal on 21 October on the powerplay against Antti Niemi in a 3–2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Nine games into his initial stint with the Canucks, however, he injured himself during a pre-game warmup on 1 November. Grabner was kicking a soccer ball around with teammates before a game against the Colorado Avalanche when he rolled over his ankle.
Upon recovering, he returned to the Moose on 27 December 2009, until being recalled on 17 March 2010, following an injury to Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson. On 2 April, Grabner scored his first NHL career hat trick in a 5–4 shootout win against the Anaheim Ducks. Remaining with the club for the 2010 playoffs, Grabner notched his first career NHL post-season goal against Antti Niemi (the same goaltender he scored his first regular season goal against) on 1 May 2010, in the opening game of the second round against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Michael Grabner Rangers
On 1 July 2016, Grabner signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract with the New York Rangers. Grabner got off to a hot start with the Rangers, scoring his first hat-trick as a Ranger against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 30. He finished second on the team in goals with 27, his highest single-season total since his rookie season in 2010-11.
Michael Grabner Speed
Speed is one of the most important skills in hockey. For Michael Grabner, it’s the key to his survival in the NHL.
But contrary to what you might think, the New York Rangers winger doesn’t spend hours upon hours on the ice to increase his speed. In fact, he finds the best way to get fast and stay fast is by taking off his skates and getting into the gym.
“In Austria, we don’t really skate in the beginning of summer—there’s no ice there,” says Grabner, an Austria native and one of the fastest players in the league—if not the fastest Opens a New Window. . “So I’m always in the gym doing a lot of work instead. That’s where my lower-body power comes in. You need it to stay explosive, stay fast.”
Grabner, it seems, is something of a mad scientist in the gym. Sure, he uses traditional moves: deadlifts, squats, core exercises, spin bikes, and dumbbells. But with a routine that is anything but, the 6’1″, 185-lb speedster will try nearly anything in his training to see if it works. It doesn’t matter how hard an exercise is, what discipline it comes from, whether he saw it on Instagram, or if he picked it up from a teammate—Grabner will give it a shot.
“Over years, I’ve switched my training a lot,” he says. “I don’t just do the same thing over and over every time,” Grabner says. “I try to switch it up every day, because then you can get bored pretty quick. I try to look at different stuff. I see people and trainers on Instagram, different exercises. I can tell if it’s a move for me or if it’s something I’d rather not do. I think that’s the biggest thing for people going to the gym—they get a program, do the same program every day—I get bored of that.”
Grabner doesn’t just use Instagram for research. His profile shows Opens a New Window. off a body that’s been honed to get fast and dominate the ice—he has a super-cut six-pack Opens a New Window. , as well as powerful neck Opens a New Window. , chest, and biceps Opens a New Window. . He also uses the social media platform to share some of the moves he’s trying out in the gym. In one case, the winger used a cone-jumping drill this offseason Opens a New Window. to help power his legs, and he’s incorporated different types of jump movements to build lower-body strength.
“As a faster player, I’m always trying to stay explosive,” says Grabner. “Whether it’s a box jump, long jump, or the cone jump, those are pretty good exercises for speed.”
Speed has always been a part of Grabner’s game, from his days in junior hockey and the Austrian Hockey League to his first full season in the NHL. Then with the Islanders, Grabner showed off the ability to race past defenders to put the puck the net—which he did 34 times. A major impact on keeping his speed there? Hammering on his core in the gym.
“I usually do core training before every workout,” Grabner says. “When I do core, I feel like my whole body gets warmed up. It’s such a big muscle group in your body and so important for speed. When you see sprinters, they always have pretty good core muscles.”
The New York Rangers are hoping the winger can inject some of that big-play ability and explosiveness into their offense alongside stars like Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, and Chris Kreider. Grabner has previously won the NHL’s fastest skater event at the All-Star game Opens a New Window. , and he’ll now try to use that speed to help the Rangers try to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in over two decades.
Grabner spoke with Men’s Fitness about his no-holds-barred style of training, why his speed is so important, and why he’s gotten past his habit of eating “anything” he wanted when he was younger.
Michael Grabner Islanders
During the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on 25 June 2010, Grabner was traded, along with Steve Bernier and the Canucks first round choice (the 25th selection, used to select Quinton Howden) to the Florida Panthers for Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich. Grabner attended the Panthers training camp, but failed to make the team. On 3 October 2010, Grabner was placed on waivers by the Panthers, who intended to assign him to their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. However, he was claimed by the New York Islanders two days later.
Grabner played his first game with the Islanders on 11 October 2010, against the New York Rangers. His first point with the Islanders came on 13 October, and his first goal with the Islanders came against Craig Anderson of the Colorado Avalanche on 16 October.
In January 2011 Grabner was selected to participate in the 2011 SuperSkills as one of twelve rookies in the competition, winning the fastest skater competition with times of 14.061 and 14.238. In February, Grabner led all rookies in scoring with 10 goals and 16 points. He also had a six-game goal scoring streak, which was the longest rookie streak since the 2006–07 season when Evgeni Malkin also scored in six straight. For his efforts Grabner was named rookie of the month.
He finished his rookie year with 34 goals and 52 points, his goal total leading all rookies, as well as the Islanders. Ranking third in rookie points Grabner earned a Calder Memorial Trophy nomination for NHL rookie of the year. Following his successful rookie year the Islanders signed Grabner to a five-year, $15 million contract extension on 13 May 2011, backloaded to start at $1M and then increase by another $1M each year.
On 21 October 2013, Grabner was suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe. Later that season, on February 27, 2014, Grabner accomplished a rare feat, scoring two short handed goals on the same penalty kill in a 5-4 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring both goals in a span of 46 seconds; Grabner became the first player to score two shorthanded goals on the same penalty kill since Ryan O’Reilly did it on February 2, 2010. However, O’Reilly scored two on a four-minute penalty kill, while Grabner did it during a standard two minute penalty.
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Michael Grabner Maple Leafs
On 17 September 2015, after five seasons with the Islanders, Grabner was traded to Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Taylor Beck, Carter Verhaeghe, Matt Finn, Tom Nilsson, and goaltender Christopher Gibson, and made assistant captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The trade was primarily to free up roster spots for the Maple Leafs, who were one away from the maximum of 50 organizational contracts.
Throughout the year, Grabner failed to score at his previous pace as with the Islanders, but was a decent addition on the penalty kill and had some hot streaks. Despite the decrease in production, the Maple Leafs had interest in bringing Grabner back, but a plethora of young players expected to make the roster the following season prevented the team from signing him.Becoming a free agent in the offseason, Grabner signed a two-year deal with the New York Rangers.
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The Canuck Way-13 Jun 2018
Vancouver Canucks should target Michael Grabner in free agency
If Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning is active in free agency, he’ll need to look at the best bargain buys. A reunion with 2006 first round pick Michael Grabner should top Benning’s to-do offseason list.
The Vancouver Canucks wisely decided not to overpay for free agents last year, as general manager Jim Benning seemingly learned his lesson following the failed $36 million signing of Loui Eriksson.
Benning signed Sam Gagner, Anders Nilsson, Michael Del Zotto and Thomas Vanek last offseason. All four of them were cheap signings, but Vanek was the only one that actually panned out in 2017-18. As such, Benning should play smart and only look for one or two additions in this year’s free agent pool.
Vanek provided great value for the Canucks on his one-year pact worth $20 million, potting 17 goals and 41 points in 61 games. The Canucks didn’t get much of a return for him at the trade deadline, however.
But the next Vanek is what Benning needs to find in free agency. That’s where Michael Grabner comes into play. Remember him? The 14th pick in 2006. Great speed and a nice shot. Too bad previous GM Mike Gillis dealt him to the Florida Panthers in the failed Keith Ballard trade.
Like Vanek, Grabner will certainly see his free agent value go down after struggling with his new team following a deadline transaction. He had 25 goals and 31 points in 59 games for the New York Rangers, but just two goals and five points in 21 games with the New Jersey Devils.