Entries with the tag: evgeny grachev
Here is the following from New York Post New York Rangers’ beat writer Larry Brooks on his Twitter account:
Sather: Grachev asked out, wanted new start. GM had been shopping him for year, Blues only team interested
Sather would not discuss Drury potential buyout/medical issue
Per Sather: Rangers will open next 3 seasons in Europe, no sites yet selected.
Rangers did not qualify Gilroy, headed to market after rejecting alternate offer
UPDATE: Per New York Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross, goaltender Martin Biron will start tonight against the Washington Capitals:
Biron playing because Torts refuses to play Lundqvist 5 games in 7 nights. Why tonight vs. Caps and not tomorrow vs. Panthers? “Why not?”
To clarify: Marty Biron starting tonight vs. Capitals. Lundqvist should play tomorrow at MSG vs. Panthers.
EARLIER: It seems like every game these days is a test for the New York Rangers.
The test consists of questions such as:
- Can they overcome injuries to win a hockey game?
- Can they score enough goals to win a hockey game?
- Can head coach John Tortorella keep the lines consistent?
Well, more than half way through the season, it is easy to say that the team has passed each test they have been given. With that said, will the team pass the test they face tonight against the Washington Capitals?
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In what was supposed to be a game in which the New York Rangers took advantage of a team playing in back-to-back games, it was instead a 2-0 shutout loss to the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden.
The Blueshirts looked very out-of-sync and one has to wonder if that was due to the shape of the Garden ice or to the team’s actual play. I would say it was a little bit of both as the puck was bouncing all over the place and the team had trouble getting the puck on their stick.
Unlike his first game at MSG, this loss cannot be blamed on back-up goaltender Martin Biron. Biron was strong between the pipes and did everything he could to give the team in front of him a chance to win the hockey game.
It must be said that guys like Derek Stepan, Derek Boogaard and Evegny Grachev did not play strong hockey games. Stepan looks snake bitten while Boogaard and Grachev look lost. It may be time to go back to the drawing board with these guys.
Michael Morreale of NHL.com wrote a piece on NHL.com today about three New York Rangers who are performing well and turning heads at the Tarverse City Prospects Tournament: Evgeny Grachev, Derek Stepan and Ryan Bourque.
For the team and its fans, this is certainly welcome news. If you look at the teams who have had the most success recently, you will see that they have done it from within. They have grown their prospects, kept lines together and relied on what they had in the organization to get the job done.
Rangers’ GM Glen Sather needs to think this way because these kids are the team’s future, for better or worse. Done should be the days of signing over-price free agents and instead, Sather should look inside the organization for the tools that he needs for this team to be successful.
In the article, Morreale reports that Stepan, Bourque and Grachev have combined for 4 goals, 4 assists and a + 3 rating in two games while also pounding the net with 15 shots.
Once upon a time, current Phoenix Coyotes General Manager was the Assistant GM to Glen Sather in New York with the Rangers. Maloney did a terrific job in drafting current Ranger players such as Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, and Henrik Lundqvist. These three players have reached various levels of success on Broadway and its because Maloney believed that they could.
This past season, Maloney won the GM of the year award and with good reason as his Phoenix Coyotes had a terrific season. The Coyotes went 50-25-7, good for 107 points and a fourth place finish in the powerful Western Conference.
Of course, the New York Rangers finished ninth in the Eastern Conference, going 38-33-11 and losing the final regular season game to the Philadelphia Flyers, costing the team a chance to make the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Should this come as a surprise given the way the Blueshirts played this season? No, but it’s still amazing that there is such a noticeable difference between the Coyotes and the Rangers.
With that in mind, one has to wonder what the Blueshirts would be like if Don Maloney was at the helm rather than Sather. If this were the case, I believe that things would be very different in Rangerland:
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.”
Click here for more on the Blueshirts’ future Russian.
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.
Obviously, the New York Rangers still lack scoring power. Yes, the team signed guys like Marian Gaborik and Ales Kotalik but who knows just how consistent the two will be as Blueshirts in 2009-2010.
With that in mind, I suggest that you click here to see just how much potential Rangers’ prospect Evgeny Grachev has. May be he’ll turn into the superstar that Ranger fans have been waiting for.
What do you think of this guy?