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09-27-2009, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Osminator View Post
IMO, Grachev is best served playing 20 mins. a night in Hartford... go the same route Anisimov went, it won't hurt him as he is only 19, surely beats playing only a few mins. in NY and being on the bench...
Agreed. But I also think getting him as many preseason games as possible, along with getting him as much practice time with torts as possible are very very very good things for his development. The more he knows about what he needs to do, what is expected, what it takes to make it at this level, the more he can apply it to his game in Hartford. Im expecting a HUGE year from him in the A. Ill expect him to start off slow, and start ramping it up as he gets used to the game over there.

The thing ive been most thrilled about though is that his play away from the puck is already NHL ready. He just needs to get used to making offensive zone plays against the big boys. hes gonna get there. Weve got a gem on our hands.

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