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12-15-2009, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyviper87 View Post
They play different positions. Anisimov, as a center needed to make sure he had the defensive awareness and strength to battle for pucks defensively. Grachev is a winger, and his game will translate a little better from the AHL to the NHL as his size will still be a factor no matter what. I would be happy with a 2nd line with Grachev and Anisimov for the foreseeable future, nothing wrong with that.
Honestly, I had been hoping that one of them would eventually become a first liner. They are our top 2 prospects. If neither of them becomes a first liner, then those behind them are just more third-line interchangeable parts. Some people may surprise us, but if the top two prospects are only second liners, then the rest cannot be projected right now to be more than average third liners at most.

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