Rangers Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld said of Grachev...
"He's certainly a strong skater. He has a big shot, and he's strong on the puck. He's starting to develop a complete game, which is one of our goals with him. He was a big scorer in junior, and he's worked hard at becoming a more complete player."
Whale Coach Ken Gernander adds...
"I think he's made great strides in the past month and a half here," Whale coach Ken Gernander said. "All kids develop at a different rate, and sometimes the guys with physical traits such as Evgeny have to work on doing things a little quicker when they get to the next level. They can't rely so much on their physical skills where maybe they were able to get by at lower levels."
Grachev says that the added responsibility of recently being put on the pk has helped improve his defensive game.
...outstanding update on Grachev. Hope this quells a lot of the 'Grachev is a bust' talk I hear so much from Rangers fans.
...i think if the Rangers decide to give up on Grachev they'll be regretting it a few years down the road when he becomes a solid player in this league.