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06-13-2011, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by broadwayblue View Post
With Kreider out of the picture that's one less competitor for a spot. Still think at least 1 rookie makes the team...I don't see why Thomas can't beat out Hagelin and Grachev. If he has a great camp then I think he'll make the team.
I just want to point out, that at the same age, Grachev scored 40 goals and put up 80 points in his FIRST season in NA and in the OHL. He has had 2 more years of development and while people love the "new shiny toy" in Thomas, people have to realize that the other players in the organization are good players too.

While Grachev's stats may not be "earth-shattering", he has improved his overall game and was much more noticeable the 2nd half of this season(Supposed to be his 1st AHL season if he didnt leave the OHL prematurely).

Brandon Dubinsky in his 3rd season after he was drafted:
Hartford Wolfpack: 71gp 21g 22a

Evgeny Grachev in his 3rd season after he was drafted:
Connecticut Whalepack: 73gp 16g 22a

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