Grabovski scores AHL player of week honour

Hamilton Bulldogs’ centreman Mikhail Grabovski is the American Hockey League player of the week for the period ending Feb. 17. Grabovski had 10 points (five goals, five assists) with a plus-1 rating while firing 15 shots on net. His performances, including two game-winning goals, earned him first star status three times in four games.

Grabovski was held scoreless on Wednesday against Toronto in a 5-2 loss but did register five shots in the game. He came back with his first-career AHL hat trick and an assist in the Bulldogs 7-4 win over the Marlies on Friday before tallying the game-tying goal, an assist and a goal in the shootout in Hamilton’s 4-3 win over Lake Erie on Saturday night. Grabovski capped the week with another four points (1-3-4) in the ‘Dogs 4-1 win on Sunday over the Amerks.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound forward has recorded five goals and seven assists for 12 points in eight games with Hamilton this season, while also adding one goal and one assist – his first two career National Hockey League points – in 12 games with the Montreal Canadiens. A 2004 draft pick by Montreal, Grabovski recorded 54 points in 66 games with Hamilton last season and added 11 points in 20 postseason games as the Bulldogs captured the 2007 Calder Cup championship.

Other nominees for Player of the Week honours included Albany center Jamie Johnson, Binghamton left wing Greg Mauldin, Chicago left wing Brett Sterling, Grand Rapids right wing Darren McCarty, Hartford right wing Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Hershey center Kyle Wilson, Houston center Adrian Foster, Iowa left wing James Neal, Lake Erie left wing Eric Healey, Lowell left wing Barry Tallackson, Manitoba center Brad Moran, Milwaukee center Cal O’Reilly, Norfolk right wing Norm Milley, Peoria left wing Charles Linglet, Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher, Portland forward Andrew Ebbett, Providence center Nate Thompson, Quad City right wing Eric Nystrom, Rochester defenseman/right wing Marc-Andre Gragnani, Rockford center Colin Fraser, San Antonio defenseman Brendan Bell, Toronto right wing Jeremy Williams and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.