How Michael Grabner can get going with Devils
New Jersey Local | 4 days ago

Michael Grabner is still looking for his first goal and first point as a Devil.

Since his Feb. 23 trade from the Rangers, where the Devils sent their 2018 second-round pick and defenseman prospect Yegor Rykov across the Hudson River, Grabner has generated his fair number of chances with his speed.

He hasn't hit the back of the net yet, and he's trying to help in any way he can. Prior to the trade, he scored 25 goals with the Rangers, with 24 coming at even strength and one shorthanded.

"When the season starts, you think about it and then things get rolling. When you come to a new team, it's kind of like your season starts over again," Grabner told NJ Advance Media. "So you just want to get the first one and get the monkey off your back. Just help out. But at the end of the day, if we keep winning and I don't score, I could care less. Nashville was a big win for us obviously, and you've just got to try to help the team in other ways, too. It's tough to score in this league, so you've got to be good out there."

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When it comes to Grabner's play, coach John Hynes views it the same way he views the team's overall game. If the process is right, the results will come.

"You talk about scoring, but it's the process to get to your goals," Hynes said. "It's the process of his game that we want to continue to focus on. Not so much that we hope he gets a goal and that's going to relieve pressure. Let's just keep building your game, getting it better, getting your process to get goals, make sure that's real thorough, because that's what we can control."

Grabner has jumped between the second and third lines since arriving in New Jersey, playing with a variety of line mates as the Devils shook things up for him and the team.

The 30-year-old forward said he feels comfortable with his new team so far, and he wants to add some offense to show for it.

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