by Patrick Hoffman on 09/08/09 at 11:22 PM ET
Good evening again Ranger fans. This summer, many blogs, including my own, talked a lot about Evgeny Grachev. He was a dynamic and prolific scorer in the OHL last season and is already making quite a name for himself at the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.
NHL.com’s Mike Morreale did a great piece on him today:
While the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Grachev may never reach the level of those Russian superstars of the NHL, it wouldn’t come as a shock if the 19-year-old forward is someday linked to his childhood heroes.
“Everybody who plays hockey wants to be the best and not everybody can be, but we all try real hard and I want to be like those Russian players in the League,” Grachev told NHL.com. “Those guys are some of the best players in the League and the world.”
Fact is, it appears as though Grachev is on a fast track to stardom—he’s certainly mastered the English language pretty well. He never even reported to his Ontario Hockey League team in Brampton for the start of training camp. Instead it’s likely he’ll begin the 2009-10 campaign in Hartford, the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, or else earn a spot right out of the main camp that begins Sept. 12.
“I’m trying to not think about it,” Grachev said. “I just want to get ready and work hard in camp and we’ll see what happens. When I got here, I saw the guys and how the organization worked. I want this to be a part of my life.”
Rangers assistant General Manger Jim Schoenfeld considered Grachev the most improved player within the organization. That’s nothing to get too excited about, however, according to the native of Khabarovsk.
Click here for more on the future star of the Blueshirts.
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