Hockey’s Future has been running down their top 50 prospect rankings the past couple of days. One Ranger prospect, Derek Stepan at No. 44, has already made the list and now another, Evgeny Grachev, has also made the list at No. 18 overall.
Here is what they had to say about him:
"Selected by the NY Rangers in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Grachev was considered to be a steal by organization brass. The OHL Rookie of the Year for 2008-09, Grachev adjusted well to the North American game and was very impressive in Rangers training camp. Currently a member of the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack, Grachev got off to a slow offensive start this season. However, his size, strength and scoring ability make Grachev’s success seemingly inevitable. Expect him to compete for a roster spot in New York next fall."
Thoughts: When it comes to prospects, unless they are a real generational talent, I try not to get too excited, but Grachev is one player I’ve liked since I first heard about him. He has a combination of size and talent that I really like in a hockey player.
He struggled a bit at earlier this season, but it should be expected that 19 year olds deal with consistency issues from time-to-time. From what I’ve read though, he’s only gotten better as the season has gone on and has really impressed some people.
If you haven’t seen any film of this Grachev, you should check out this video. It’s just over three minutes long and it’ll entertain you.