25. Evgeny Grachev
Grachev is a prototypical power forward, who was drafted in 2008 as a center, but spent much of the 2008-09 season playing on the left wing for the OHL Brampton Battalion. At 6’3, 212 lbs, he can occupy whatever space he chooses and has the ability to make things happen in front of the net. Grachev is expected to play the wing in the NHL. At 19, Grachev may not play with the New York Rangers the entire 2009-10 season, however, even if he starts the season as a member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, he is expected to become a mid-season call-up to the NHL team.
...i definitely hyped-up Grachev too much in my mind going into training camp as I was a bit disappointed in his performance. Not that he made any glaring mistakes, I just expected more. I need to remember the kid's only 19 and never played professional hockey before. I really hope the Rangers send him down to Hartford so he can find his game at the next level and be ready later this year to make an impact if/when he is called up.