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01-27-2014, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Raspewtin View Post
When Grachev was having his post draft year, this team had nobody in the pipeline with a prayer of becoming a 1st line player.

I'd be hard pressed to call him exciting, but hyped for sure. In hindsight, for a guy who's 6'4" 225, his numbers were pretty underwhelming playing with two incredibly skilled players in Duchene and Hodgson.
Eh, but even Duchene had "just" 79 points in 57 games. He was a year younger than Grachev, but also had a year of junior hockey under his belt and grew up playing North American hockey.

The appeal in Grachev was the tool set: he was big, strong, could really skate and had a good shot. You'd see the highlight videos of him just blowing by kids, completely without effort. Or just muscling through some traffic in the slot and unleashing a nasty shot. It was a very attractive package. A lot like Chris Kreider--we could all see the tools, but did he have the tool box? Kreider did, Grachev did not. In the pros, he just looked lost on half of his shifts.

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