New York Rangers prospect Evgeny Grachev became the highest scoring rookie in Brampton Battalion history on Sunday when he tallied a goal and two assists in the Battalion’s 5-2 victory over the Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors. The 19-year old Russian eclipsed the record set by Jason Spezza as a 15-year old in 1998-99, when the current Ottawa Senator star put up 22 goals and 49 assists for 71 points in 67 games. Through 57 games, Grachev has piled up an impressive 39 goals and 34 assists for 73 points, second on the Battalion behind Vancouver’s 10th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Cody Hodgson, and projected top three pick in this year’s draft, Matt Duchene. Grachev broke Raffi Torres‘ record for goals by a Battalion rookie, also set in the 1998-99 season, last week when he scored his 36th of the season.
Grachev and Hodgson have been battling for the team lead in goals in recent weeks, with Hodgson currently holding a one goal lead at 40. Grachev leads Brampton in plus-minus at +43, a figure which ranks him sixth in the Ontario Hockey League and first among rookies. His 39 goals lead all first-year players, and rank him fifth over all in the league, while his 73 points are second in the league amongst rookies behind defenseman John Carlson, the Washington Capital’s first round, 27th overall pick in the 2008 entry draft.
Brampton is currently tops in the OHL’s Central Division, battling for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Belleville Bulls, who have a two point lead with three games remaining on the schedule.
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