Petter Granberg Claimed on Waivers by Nashville

Did you forget that Petter Granberg was actually on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster? Yeah, so did a lot of people.

Granberg has been out with an Achilles injury since the offseason and hasn’t appeared in any games for the Leafs or Marlies yet this season. And as the 6’3, 201lb defender was technically a Leaf to begin the season, he needed to clear waivers in order to suit up for the Marlies.

Well, that didn’t happen. A claim was made and the Leafs have lost Granberg to the Nashville Predators.

There are two ways of looking at this – the first being that this is not good asset management. Granberg, 23, was a fourth-round pick of the Leafs back in 2010, and picked up a number of accolades while playing for Skelleftea in the SHL and for Sweden at the World Championships before coming to North America and joining the Marlies in 2013. 

In his two seasons in Toronto, Granberg established himself as a top-pairing defender on a couple of solid Marlies teams while playing primarily alongside Stuart Percy and T.J. Brennan. Granberg also worked his way into eight games with the Leafs over the past two seasons and was expected to be a strong candidate to crack the team this year. Losing a player like that for nothing stings just a little bit.

On the other hand, Granberg held little value. His resume is nice and all, but Granberg is a bit of a throwback defender. Big, strong and defensive-minded, Granberg is not the fleet-footed puck mover that excels in today’s NHL, and didn’t look particularly strong in any of his appearances for the Leafs. Plus, the recent arrivals of Scott Harrington and Frank Corrado made Granberg even less likely to nail down a full-time NHL gig.

Granberg wasn’t a tremendously valuable asset by any means, but you don’t want to lose young players like that for nothing, either. It would not have been out of the realm of possibility to move him for a late-round draft pick, but Toronto found itself in a tough roster situation where they had little flexibility and no time to find a deal. It really comes down to whether you prefer greater roster flexibility or Petter Granberg, and when you look at it that way, Toronto probably broke even.

    • SEER

      I’ve only seen the footage from my video on him.., but I think that Percy and Loov.. (now that both Niilsson and Granberg have left) would be the top[ defensive D-men in the Marlies..

      I’m hopeful for Corrado, but he still has to prove it.. Hard to do, if you don’t get to play, though… yes..

  • Benjamin

    i was hoping and praying someone claimed him. thanks again nashville for your generosity! we now have an extra spc, got rid of a bad player not to mention less money against the cap 🙂

      • TGT23

        There’s a difference between interest and taking a flier.

        If you dangle Granberg in front of Nashville and say “give us something” they might not have been interested. To lose an asset, even a late round pick, for a guy you don’t know will ever be the same (let alone get better to be good enough to be an NHLer).

        The only reason they may have been interested in Granberg is because he’s free. They take a flier, see if he can recover, and if not all they are out is a bit of cash. Not a pick, not a prospect, not a player.

    • Benjamin

      Joe Colborne is an NHL player that the Leafs gave away for peanuts, to give Colton Orr and Frazer MacLaren a spot on the roster. That still sucks.

      Petter Granberg is not an NHL player, doesn’t project to be one, and is coming off a major injury. He wouldn’t crack the Marlies’ top 4 this year. An SPC slot for a non-asset will never suck.

  • Gary Empey

    Update on our forgotten (Height:6’3 Weight: 207)defenceman. Just turned 19 this month. Andrew Nielsen is playing for Lethbridge Hurricanes. In 23 games he has 7 goals, and 17 assists, 42 minutes in penaties. Plus 7.

    • His uncle, Michael Moller, was drafted 41st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1980 and played 134 career NHL games with the Sabres and Edmonton Oilers.

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