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Name: Evgeni GrachevNew York Rangers (#75/2008 NHL Draft)

Rating: 81
Height: 193cm/6'4"
Weight: 96kg/211.2 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1990-02-21
Birthplace: Yaroslavl, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
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Interview with Brock Otten (10/08/2009)
Russian players to the CHL: a breakdown (09/14/2009)
WJC Orientation camp (08/09/2009)
Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes): I want to play for Phoenix (08/08/2009)
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12/18/2009 Final WJC roster released

U20 World Junior Championships -  Vladimir Plyuschev finally released the WJC final roster, days after Sweden and Canada. There aren't many surprises, if we consider that Vyacheslav Voinov (Los Angeles Kings) and Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) weren't released by their AHL clubs. The team's leader will be Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) (Columbus Blue Jackets), while other drafted players called include Maxim Trunev (Montreal Canadiens), Dmitry Kugryshev (Washington Capitals) and Dmitri Orlov (Washington Capitals). 2010 eligible top prospects Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Burmistrov are there too. (Roster information) READ MORE
12/04/2009 Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers):

U20 World Junior Championships -  With an unexpected decision, Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) has been ruled out of the WJC by his NHL team. It's strange especially considering that he is yet to play a single NHL game. Here follows Grachev's thoughts about the situation. (Russianhockeyfans. com article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
11/11/2009 Grachev Leads Team to Victory

National Hockey League (NHL) -  BRIDGEPORT,CT- Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) scored one and set up another as the Hartford Wolf Pack continued their winning ways with their 4th straight win with a 4-1 defeat of their in-state and division rival Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday night before a crowd of 5,007 at the Arena at Harbor Yard. Swiss rookie foward Andres Ambuhl got things going for the Wolf Pack with a perfect feed to a streaking Mathieu Dandenault as the NHL vetern redirected the perfect pass for his first AHL goal at 15:05. ( article by Gerry Cantlon) READ MORE
10/08/2009 The Rangers recall Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers)
08/29/2009 Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) unlikely to return to juniors
08/09/2009 WJC Orientation camp
07/24/2009 Q&A with Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) (HF article)
07/01/2009 Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) to skate in prospects camp
03/29/2009 Brampton Battalions skate past Peterborough Petes, Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) instrumental
01/03/2009 WJC 2009: Russia gets to the semi-finals
11/19/2008 Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers): I dream about playing for the Rangers (interview)
11/19/2008 CHL Roundup: Evaluation of Russians playing in the Canadian Juniors
08/28/2008 Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) will play in OHL for 08-09 season.
08/09/2008 July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs
06/15/2008 Evgeni Grachev: I had interviews with 20 NHL clubs!
06/12/2008 Evgeni Grachev (2008 NHL Entry Draft)'s player profile has been updated
04/17/2008 Russia strikes twice in 3rd to beat Canada at U-18 hockey worlds (
04/08/2008 U18 Team Russia roster announced: Leader - Nikita Filatov
01/29/2008 Team Russia coaching staff announces U18 roster for Finland
Scouting Evaluations:
ADT Canada-Russia Challenge Game 3 report - Russia faces OHL Selects
CHL Roundup: Performance of Russian imports in Canadian juniors
WC Under-18: Russia edges Canada in classic show down.
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #7
Rank 2: #8
Talent Analysis:
Evgeny Grachev is a tempting project prospect due to his size, physical presence and offensive skills. The young forward is an above average skater and is also a slightly above average puck hander, presenting an interesting overall package. His primary weapons in the offensive zone are his above average wrist shot and his drive towards the net to clean up the rebounds and put in the puck. While Grachev’s physical presence is impressive for a player his age and who is raised in the European hockey system, he needs to continue to improve in this area as he continues to rise through the ranks in Russia and potential in North America. With all that said – his size is still his main asset that makes him so attractive. His faceoff skills continue to develop and while he has ways to develop, he is already developing his skills in this area and promises to be strong. A concern is whether he can continue to develop his overall skills and skating to keep raising his game to the next level. At this point he has only skated in the juniors and while being relatively impressive there, he is yet to get a shot against professionals. This means he could end up being another talented center following Artem Anisimov (with more physical presence), who continues on track to being an NHL player…or he could end up being a Artem Kryukov type player who doesn’t fulfill his potential. Fortunately, unlike the Buffalo Sabres former first round selection, Grachev already filled out his impressive 6’3 frame and remains more or less injury free thus far in his career.
Back In Russia:

A product of HC Amur (Khabarovsk) hockey system, Evgeny Grachev is one of the newer additions to the talent rich HC Lokomotiv depth chart, spending the past several years in Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv is well known for having a strong hockey system not only because the club raised its own players, but also because its coaching staff carefully monitored the junior tournaments and would pluck young talent away from other less capable or known hockey schools at the age of 11 to 15. Known as a multi-dimensional player, Grachev has stood out with his size since he hit his growth spurt at the age of 15, allowing him to often play on teams a year or two older than him. Consequently, the young forward made his debut on Lokomotiv’s junior farm team Lokomotiv 2 at just the age of 16 during the 2005-06 season, but really making na impact the following season. Interestingly, Grachev has never stood out with his pure sniping abilities or a knack to rack up points. It is his ability to bring other elements to the game that has made him such an attractive player to the national team and to Lokomotiv’s junior farm team. Interestingly, he also wasn’t always a center, at times skating on defense early in his career. The 2007-08 season has been Grachev’s most successful, as he played well for Russia’s U18 junior national team and averaged more than a goal per game for the junior Lokomotiv 2. Still, while Grachev definitely brought size and knows how to use his body, the games against the Canadians demonstrated that the young forward still needs to become quicker on his feet and in his decisionmaking, as well as to become more skilled in controlling the game physically with his imposing 215lb frame. Grachev also failed to get a chance to prove himself in the Super League due to the club’s depth, but should get a significant chance next season if he does not jump ship to another Russian club on the North American juniors. Either way this will be a serious test for the young forward who is yet to compete against adult professionals.

NHL Outlook:

Evgeni Grachev is a very promising prospect who would be a strong wild-card selection late in the first round or early in the second round. His unique combination of size and skill level make him a unique prospect, though a club will have to be somewhat concerned about his offensive upside, because while he can both pass and score himself, it is unclear whether he would be able to continue developing these skills and may instead be known for his overall skills in the defensive zone, face-offs, checking role and offensive contributions. Beyond his own abilities, the lack of the transfer agreement may push this forward further in the draft and he may see his stock be pushed back to the end of the second round or beginning of the third.
RP Projection: middle second round

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2009-10 U20 Team Russia (90) U 20 Four Nations (Finland) (Intl.)3 1 1 2 4 0
2008-09 U20 Team Russia (90) U20 WJC (Intl.)7 2 3 5 4 +3
2007-08 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Russia 1) (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0 -
2007-08 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)1 0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2007-08 U18 Team Russia (90) U18 World Junior Championships (Intl.)6 2 3 5 2 +3
2007-08 U18 Team Russia (90) Invitational World Cup (Canada) (Intl.)4 3 2 5 0 -
2007-08 U18 Team Russia (90) Ivan Hlinka Mem. Tourn. (Intl.)4 2 2 4 14 +1
2007-08 U18 Team Russia 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 2 0 2 2 +1
2006-07 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 1989 Jr. League (Finals)0 0 0 0 0 -
2006-07 Team Center 1990 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 4 3 7 4 +7
2006-07 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 1990 Jr. League (Reg.)18 20 12 32 8 -
2006-07 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)28 7 6 13 6 +14
2006-07 U17 Team Russia (90) U17 Jr. Olympics (Spain) (Intl.)3 1 1 2 2 +5
2006-07 U17 Team Russia (90) 5 Nations Tourn. (Tyumen) (Intl.)3 1 0 1 4 +3
2006-07 U17 Team Russia (90) U17 Intl. Tourn. (USA) (Intl.)4 2 1 3 0 -
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 1990 Jr. League (Finals)7 5 4 9 6 -
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)1 0 0 0 2 -
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 1990 Jr. League (Reg.)25 21 15 36 20 -
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 1989 Jr. League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Team Center 1990 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2004-05 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 1990 Jr. League (Reg.)27 14 13 27 12 -
2003-04 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 1990 Jr. League (Finals)6 0 2 2 10 -
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