Is Grabovski the next Kovalev?

Slumping Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski is still firmly in coach Randy Carlyle's doghouse, and the problem could go beyond the Belarusian's recent lack of production.

The big issue could be that Grabovski, who has 11 points in 29 games this season, doesn't seem to know or care that there is one, according to Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star, who calls the 29-year-old " the cheeriest of underachievers."

Grabovski has been relegated to third-line duty in recent games, and some are beginning to question if he fits into Carlyle's system or his long-term plans. With four years remaining on a contact that plays him an average of $5.5 million per season, it will be an issue if the enigmatic Grabovski, who insists he's perfectly happy with the current state of affairs, can't adapt to the coach's demands.

"Toronto’s worst fear is that they’ve got a rough copy of a young Alex Kovalev on their hands," Feschuk writes. "Far more skilled than he mostly chooses to show, far less concerned with maximizing his potential than his employer would like.