"I’m sorry to put Grachev at the bottom, but he deserves to stay there. He had a disappointing season in the AHL and it showed that he’s not ready yet. Maybe he should have stayed in Russia one year more even if he didn’t have a chance to play at Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, which was run by Coach Kari Heikkila, who is known for not playing youngsters. He also doesn’t have the same level of technique and skating of Avtsin and Petrov, even if he might have an edge in size."
...why would another year in Russia have helped? He showed he can play the North American game when he tore it up in Juniors. He just needed a year to adjust to the professional game and if he doesn't make the Rangers out of camp I expect a much better year from Grachev in Hartford.