Birth Date: 6-1-75
Place of Birth: Vyskov, Czechoslovakia
Jersey Number: 18
The Physical Game
On his best nights, Grosek plays like a young Claude Lemieux, abrasive and a little undisciplined. But Lemieux played that way every night. Grosek only plays that way against the Flyers. He is an impact player when he takes the bit in his teeth and goes a little wild. If He could do it over the majority of the 82-game schedule, he would be a star.
Grosek had a huge playoffs, and maybe the taste of what kind of game he can play at his top level will carry over into this season. He is a project, and one a lot of NHL teams will be willing to take on if the Sabres run out of patience.
We've been waiting two seasons for Grosek's breakout year, and we're willing to wait a little longer. There is enough skill and ability here for a 25-goal season. We don't know if he will make the commitment.