26-Year-Old Left Wing – St. Louis Blues
Evgeny Grachev Contract Information:
Signed with the Rangers in September of 2008.
Grachev was recalled Saturday from AHL Peoria.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Evgeny Grachev.
Grachev's production was lost in the move up from the junior Ontario Hockey League to the AHL. The book says Grachev has the skills to be a top-six forward, but his career arc stalled in the Rangers organization. He gets a fresh start with the Blues, who have a couple of forward spots available in training camp, though the club would probably prefer he build some positive momentum in the AHL. There's still some question about his decision-making and whether he can use his big frame to his advantage.
Grachev was selected in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, the Russian turned pro and played in 80 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Expect the 20-year-old to spend at least one more season getting used to hockey in the states at the minor-league level.
The Rangers' third-round pick of 2008 isn't going to see NHL competition this year, but he still is drawing attention from Rangers brass. He's just 19, so he could be a couple of years from Broadway.