Thursday, December 31, 2009

AHL/ECHL prospects update

Leslie Treff at Hockey's Future takes a look at the 17 Ranger prospects playing in either the AHL or ECHL.

Here's what she has to say about top prospect Evgeny Grachev...

"Grachev's effort level has been in question though, and while he does have 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 34 games, only two of those points have been posted in the last 13 games. He is also carrying a -8. Despite Clark's protestations otherwise, Grachev does not appear to be on the fast track to an NHL career. That does not mean that he won't get there within a season or two, but early predictions of a mid to late-season call-up seem unlikely."

...while I'm ok with a young player struggling I hate to hear questions about his effort level. Hopefully, he'll learn from his mistakes and be ready to contribute for the Rangers next season.

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