Thread: Speculation: Crazy Amount of Depth
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09-11-2010, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
Grachev is only 20 years old. While he enters his 2nd pro season, typically a Junior or College player would have only just signed their first pro contract at age 20.

I find it hilarious that some claim he regressed or that this is a make or break season for him.

Players don't stop developing at age 20.

Stepan would benefit from a year in the AHL. And Grachev would benefit from one more year in the AHL.

21 years old is too old to make an NHL debut?
Elite young NHL players make the NHL at 18 or 19. The problem is people on this board decided Grachev was a future elite 1st line winger. He's not. If you thought he was an elite prospect, he has regressed in your mind. The reality is he's right on schedule as a top 6 F prospect. Another yr in the AHL would be great for him. He just isn't the second coming of Ovechkin, Crosby, Kane or Stamkos...

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