Thursday, January 14, 2010

Grachev a Top AHL Rookie

John Grigg at The Hockey News gives his top 10 AHL rookie prospects...

7. Evgeny Grachev, LW, Hartford Wolf Pack (Rangers)
Grachev could still be playing junior, but the Rangers felt the 6-foot-4, 220-pound, 19-year-old would be better served playing against men his own size. Grachev’s numbers (nine goals and 19 points in 41 games) are not overwhelming, but he’s got great hands and is a north-south type of guy who just needs someone to get him the puck.

...while Grachev may be struggling a bit in the AHL, ultimately this will pay off as he is learning the professional game against bigger, stronger players than he would be seeing in juniors.

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