Grachev Bound for North America
Sunday July 06th 2008, 3:52 pm
Courtesy NY Rangers

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Unlike another Russian Ranger prospect who might be accused of saying one thing to the North American press while singing a different song to the press in his own country, Rangers 2008 3rd round draft pick Evgeni Grachev, in an interview posted on the official site of the Russian Hockey Federation (FHR), confirmed last week what he told the NY media when he was in NY last month for Rangers’ development camp: He will begin his North American playing career next season. “I already decided for myself long ago that that next season I will play overseas,” Grachev told the FHR Press Service. He went on to describe his experience at development camp, explaining “Training Camp for rookies lasted all week. We lived in a hotel which was situated 15 minutes by car from camp. In the morning for four days we trained — at first we were engaged on the ice, then in the [training] room. Certainly there were many positive impressions.” Asked about his prospects with the team, he replied “What are my prospects? My prospects are the same as many others, what is there to say about them? Now the most important thing is to work and grow professionally.”

Grachev was selected 40th over all by the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League in the Canadian Hockey League import draft on June 26th. Baring a miraculous showing in Rangers training camp in September, he will start his North American career there in the fall.

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