Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rangers Top 12 Prospects

Shane Molloy at TSN looks at the Rangers top 12 prospects which includes Bobby Sanguinetti (#1), Michael Del Zotto (#3) and Evgeny Grachev (#5).

On Grachev, Molloy says...

"This Russian prospect could either tease Ranger fans or bring them out of their seats screaming. He has the tools to produce offence at an NHL, since he has the hockey sense and puck skills to play a high-tempo game. At times, Gratchev (sp)can dominate the offensive zone with his stick-handing ability and poise with the puck. What makes him potentially dangerous is his huge frame and formidable skating ability. To his credit, he does not shy away from the traffic areas and draws defenders to him to open space up for his linemates. His defensive game is improving, as Gratchev (sp) realizes he has to make much quicker decisions on a smaller ice surface. He has garnered good experience playing in the OHL and has adjusted to the North American game. The question remains whether Gratchev (sp) is willing to pay the price long-term to play in the NHL."

...with the Rangers cap situation, young guys like Sanguinetti, Del Zotto and Grachev might actually have the chance to make the team next year.

...and come on Molloy, it's Grachev not Gratchev.

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