Rangers Sign Evgeni Grachev
Monday September 22nd 2008, 7:37 pm

Evgeni Grachev, the New York Rangers third pick (75th over all) in the 2008 entry draft, has been signed to an entry level contract. The 6′4″ 18-year old, who already tips the scales at 220 pounds, is a product of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey school, which also developed future teammate Artem Anisimov. He played 30 games for Lokomotiv’s junior team last season, scoring 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points. He also saw action in one game for the senior team.

Though eligible to play in Hartford of the AHL this season, Grachev is currently slated to become the first ever Russian-born player to play for the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, the team for which fellow prospect Bobby Sanguinetti played last season. Grachev, who caught the attention of scouts with a 2-goal, 3-assist performance at the under-18 World Championships last April for silver medal-winning Team Russia, is expected to be invited to play for Team Russia in this winter’s World Junior Championships in Ottawa, Canada.

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    I’m excited about this signing, although with the three signings from this draft year ALREADY, i’m wondering what the rush is to get these guys signed? But I do think Grachev will be great for this organization.

    Comment by Amos 09.22.08 @ 5:14 pm

    I really like the kid, though it’s a bit of a shock that we signed him as Gordi Clark had nothing good to say about him very recently at Traverse City.

    Comment by Elliot 09.22.08 @ 8:52 pm

    Amos, I think the early signings in these cases make sense. For starters, Weise was an over-age pick and is already 20, so he’s eligible to play in the AHL. He’s shown enough in camp/Traverse City/pre-season to prove he’s ready for that jump, so they opted to sign him and bring him to Hartford rather than sending him back for an over-age year in juniors. And of course with Grachev and Kundratek there’s the whole transfer agreement thing. Better to get them under contract now, the with international leagues (supposedly) promising to honor others leagues contracts, than risk them for whatever reason going home and getting locked into contracts there.

    And Elliot, your sarcasm is duly noted. ;)

    Comment by laurie 09.23.08 @ 9:35 am

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