Grachev hoping to be the next Russian superstar
Tuesday September 08th 2009, 4:30 pm

Mike Morreale of NHL.com is out in Michigan for the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament, where a group of New York Rangers prospects currently holds a 1-1 record after playing a pair of games against the Carolina Hurricanes (5-3 L) and Atlanta Thrashers (4-1 W).  Morreale caught up with Rangers prospect Evgeny Grachev, who’s expected to be one of the offensive leaders on the team, and asked him about the upcoming season, what he learned in his first year in North America, and whether he aspires to the same level of NHL success as some of his more famous Russian countrymen:

“Everybody who plays hockey wants to be the best and not everybody can be, but we all try real hard and I want to be like those Russian players in the League,” Grachev told NHL.com. “Those guys are some of the best players in the League and the world.”

Fact is, it appears as though Grachev is on a fast track to stardom — he’s certainly mastered the English language pretty well. He never even reported to his Ontario Hockey League team in Brampton for the start of training camp. Instead it’s likely he’ll begin the 2009-10 campaign in Hartford, the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, or else earn a spot right out of the main camp that begins Sept. 12.

“I’m trying to not think about it,” Grachev said. “I just want to get ready and work hard in camp and we’ll see what happens. When I got here, I saw the guys and how the organization worked. I want this to be a part of my life.”

For more from Grachev, plus comments on the 19-year old forward from Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark and Hartford Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander, see Morreale’s full article at NHL.com.

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    no more Jagr updates????

    Comment by Blaze 09.09.09 @ 3:35 pm

    I was wondering about that too Blaze.

    Comment by Spooky 09.10.09 @ 12:11 pm

    He’s been pretty quiet this summer. The one interview I’ve seen was published while I was on vacation, and was covered elsewhere (his comments re: Nylander) so I didn’t bother translating it when I got back.

    I won’t be covering Omsk on a game-by-game basis this year (my reason for doing so last year was Cherepanov rather than Jagr) but will post about noteworthy events, since I know people are looking for updates on Jagr. And I’ll be posting the Omsk (and CSKA and Dynamo) schedules later tonight and will keep them updated with results and links to watch the games like I did for Omsk last season.

    The season has sort of snuck up on me. I’ve been working on 4 different blog-related projects at once for the past three weeks, and haven’t gotten any of them done. If only this pesky think called a “job” didn’t get in the way all the time… ;)

    Comment by laurie 09.10.09 @ 2:27 pm



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