The injuries have been piling up for the Vancouver Canucks but young, exciting forward Michael Grabner was a hard injury to take. Nine games into his professional career with the Canucks, he injured himself during a pre-game warmup on November 1 as he was kicking a soccer ball with teammates before a game against Colorado.
At 6'0" and 170lbs., the Austrian-born Grabner had been establishing good chemistry with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond. He scored two goals and five points in nine games with the Canucks until the unfortunate injury happened. Grabner is currently about 2 weeks away from returning.
Grabner moved to North America at the age of 14 and joined the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. After his second season, he was selected 14th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Upon being drafted, he scored at a point-per-game pace with 55 points in 55 games during the 2006–07 WHL season. During Grabner's introduction with the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose, he recorded 44 points in 74 games as a rookie. Most impressively in the 2009 AHL play-offs, Grabner finished with 17 points in 20 games as the Moose finished as Calder Cup runners-up.
Michael Grabner has appeared in previous releases of In The Game products and his 2009-10 rookie cards will be appearing in many new products available from Canada Card World.