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05-08-2011, 08:08 PM
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Do you want to know the problem Grachev is having?

In juniors he was able to carry the puck for as long as he wanted to because of his natural skill and size. Once he got to the AHL, the coaches realized this and tried to change his game to a more give-and-go type of power forward game which would translate MUCH better to the NHL when he makes the jump.

He is going through the growing pains that MOST big players go through when they reach a level of competition where they cant simply dominate with their size. Grachev just happens to have to change his game. That is the reason the Rangers wanted him in the AHL ASAP. That is why he excelled with a player like Stepan who can control the puck and dish it off.

He is SO close to putting it all together and when he does it will be night-and-day. People will be clamoring that he is a top-6 LW again. Until then people will continue to be down on him.

People just don't seem to fully grasp the complexities of moving from juniors to the pros for a big skilled player like Grachev which is understandable. Players his size with his skill-set don't come along all that often(and no, I am not saying he is a generational talent, just that he is a power-forward who isnt a fighter).

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