Observations on sports, from the perspective of "BrockTalk" Jackson
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time To 'Grab' The Opportunity
You're a former first round draft pick.
You've been a scorer in junior and in the minors.
You're parent team has just lost their leading goal scorer for 4-6 weeks.
You're being called up and immediately being placed on the first line.
You're Michael Grabner.
It's the opportunity that every young hockey player waits for. You play your game, put up some numbers, and wait for your chance to play on the big squad to make a name for yourself.
Most young players would make their debut with the third or fourth line. MAYBE, you get to play on the second line.
But Michael Grabner gets to make his NHL debut playing on the Vancouver Canucks first line...talk about an opportunity.
That's like a 16-year-old being handed the keys to a new BMW.
"Have fun, just don't wreck it kid."
He was terrible in the pre-season...management and fans were both disappointed in Grabner's production (or lack thereof)...but now thanks to an injury to Daniel Sedin, Grabner gets his 'big break.'
It's not a 'produce or you're done' situation. If he plays five games and gets zero points, it won't be the end of the world. But, he sure won't endear himself to Mike Gillis and Alain Vignault, and his next chance, may be a long time coming.
It's time for Michael Grabner to make some hay and get it done.