8/21/17: In The Hockey News Pool Guide, they list Michael Grabner as someone who might not be able to replicate his numbers from last season.
Grabner scored 27 goals in the regular season, with 13 assists, and 4 goals and 2 assists in the playoffs.
They wrote "his 27 goals were buoyed by a career-high shooting percentage of 16.7%, and Grabner his his damage from the third line. He doesn't play enough to sustain that production. He also scored one goal in his final 23 games of 2016-17.
They added that Grabner, "carries more red flags than a U.N. convention. He scored 27 goals while playing just 14 minutes a game. He posted a career-high shooting percentage of 16.7%. His luck will regress significantly. He's a shoo-in bust pick."
Adam Rotter: I'm certainly not expecting 27 goals from Grabner. Half of that, around 13/14 would probably be a good season for him as long as he is still creating chances and helping out on the PK. He seems slated for a role on the fourth line this season but he will probably have some hot streaks where he gets moved up for a while and then gets moved back down. He was signed by the Rangers to be a bottom six, fourth line forward that could disrupt things with his speed. That is what he was last year but he also exploded offensively in a way that no one saw coming. It's certainly possible that if he gets the same kind of chances he could get near 20 goals or so, I'm just not expecting it.