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09-16-2011, 12:47 PM
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In the WJC 2009, I thought Grachev showed every bit as much talent as the big Canadian stars, like Tavares. He reminded me of (if you will forgive me for saying so) Aleksandr Yakushev, and maybe a little of Malkin. Big and tall, fluid and fast skater, gifted in handling the puck and a blazing shot with high accuracy. Now, he seems to have disappeared into a hole. I don't know what his prospects are of playing in the NHL this year, but another season in the AHL will only degrade his skills.
I don't think Grachev was ever considered to have Tavares' offensive upside. Grachev has immense physical tools that he dominated junior with, but he's lacking somewhat in hockey sense.
His physical skills will always be there. He should have stayed in Russia and developed the aspect of his game that is now lacking instead of fighting through checks in the AHL.
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