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At training camp, however, Grabner didn't impress Tallon or head coach Peter DeBoer. On cut-down day, they decided to send him to the minors, but he'd have to pass through waivers to get there. That's when the Islanders, in the midst of their own rebuilding plan, claimed him.
"I'd seen him play in Manitoba during the time he was there and, like everybody else, our scouts had filed reports on him dating back to his time in junior," says Islanders Director of Pro Scouting Ken Morrow. "His speed was obvious and we knew he could score, so it made sense for Garth [Isles GM Garth Snow] to claim him."