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04-21-2011, 08:47 AM
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I'm going to try and bring a little perspective to this.

Brian Boyle is a 2003 1st Rounder. This year, at the age of 26, he finally had his breakout season.

Grachev is a 2008 3rd Rounder. He's 21, and has shown improvement in the AHL from all accounts.

Give him some time.

Both Boyle and Grachev are big guys. For some reason, it often takes big guys longer to learn how to use that big frame and translate it to the NHL. All I want to see from Grachev every year is improvement. So what if it is only a 10P/year improvement in the AHL, it still shows he's getting better. He will crack the Rangers roster at some point. It's only a matter of time. Even if he doesn't develop how we hope, he still has all the physical gifts to make him an effective grinder, and that is decent value from a 3rd Round Draft Pick.

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