by Patrick Hoffman on 06/04/10 at 01:13 PM ET
From Dan David at NewYorkRangers.com:
He would go on to win OHL Rookie of the Year honors in 2008-09 with 40 goals and 40 assists in 60 games, capture a bronze medal with Russia’s 2009 World Junior Championship team, and then make the jump to the AHL with Hartford at age 19. He was the youngest player on the 2009-10 Wolf Pack roster and one of the youngest players in the American Hockey League this past season.
“There’s no question in my mind he’s going to be a top-six NHL forward down the road,” said Kevin Maxwell, a Rangers pro scout and former NHL player who watched Grachev at Hartford. “... I think he’s going to be in that 25 to 30 goal range and possibly 60 points.”
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