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02-18-2010, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
I think Grachev will be a nice NHL player.

I also think some of the speculation that he'd be a 40-40 guy and a first liner was wishful thinking, primarily driven by his inflated numbers in juniors playing with a Duchene.
I agree that people set some unrealistic expectations, but I can't say I feel his numbers were inflated by Duchene. Grachev was simply a man playing against boys. Now, the playing field has been leveled and he's learning to adjust.

I imagine he'll end up being a solid 50-60 point player if he develops well. 25G/30A in his prime. I wouldn't be too upset with that for a 3rd round pick. Anything more than that is icing on the cake, IMO. I think he'd be a nice fit on Gaborik's opposite wing though.

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