Where will Christian Thomas play next season?
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06-14-2011, 06:26 AM
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Yes they are. They are both young wingers who are trying to make an impact in the NHL. Just because they arent the exact same type of player doesn't mean anything. Thats like saying we can't compare Valentenko and MDZ because they aren't the same type of player. It doesn't matter, they are going to try-out for the same opening.
There's more to it then the fact that they both play wing. Grachev's numbers were good, but he was physically dominant. Grachev also had the luxory of playing on a line with Duchene, and on a PP unit with Duchene + Hogdson.
Thomas played with less offensive talent than Grachev had to work with, and doesn't have the body that Grachev did to dominate with. Thomas gets by with his insane shot, and very good offensive instincts as ODC mentioned earlier.
I do think Grachev is a good player, but you can't compare each of their post draft years.
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