One thing I find very interesting about Grachev is how his Goals/Assists ratio is very very close. With a player that has a power forward type of style, it's more typical to see a higher discrepancy. I think his skill set is rare to see for someone his size and once he fine tunes his style of play, he's going to end up being a multi-dimensional player.
How would you compare the season Grachev is having to Anisimov's first season? I notice that he's on pace for similar numbers. I realize they're different in a lot of ways, but I'm just wondering if AA had the same type of consistency issues in his first pro season that Grachev seems to be having.
Anisimov wasn't as streaky as Grachev's been in his rookie year. He rarely went more than 3-4 games without a point. Grachev's points have come more in bunches, with long empty stretches in between.
Anisimov had some consistency issues, but it was more a shift-to-shift thing, whereas for Grachev it's been game-to-game.
One area Anisimov's game that really suffered in his first year was battling along the boards. He just didn't have the strength or the mentality required. That's been a strength for Grachev since the start of the season.
Anisimov also had the responsibilities of a center to deal with his rookie year -- Grachev doesn't (despite the fact that everyone from Hockey's Future to The Hockey News keeps insisting he's a center when they write about him.) And Anisimov knew next to no English when he came over, and was adapting to a completely different culture. Grachev's English is fantastic, and he's had a year to adapt to North American culture, though this is his first experience living on his own -- Anisimov had his parents with him his whole first season.
Personally, because he's a center and had the language and cultural adjustments to make, I'd give Anisimov a slight edge in his rookie season over Grachev. But the season's only half over.
Corey Potter – Illness – Day-to-Day
Devin DiDiomete – Illness – Day-to-Day
Mathieu Dandenault – Lower Body – Three to Four Weeks
Chad Johnson – On recall with the NY Rangers
Brent Henley – Knee – Season
Mike Hoffman – Shoulder – Season
Which is why the Rangers need to get a goalie they feel comfortable with as a backup. CJ should be playing in the AHL.
I'm actually pretty comfortable with CJ as our backup. He's a much better goaltender vally or zaba.. which is why they're in the AHL and CJ's on the roster.
Hopefully he gets a few games in the AHL in between NHL games to keep him fresh and on his toes.
The needs of the NHL team will always come ahead of the AHL team... And it's inevitable that the best players on the team will be called away.
Vally's stuck in the AHL for at least the rest of this season. He sucks, he can't even get a respectable GAA/sv% in the AHL, there's no way he's coming back to the rangers' roster. And if he did get into good enough shape to make it back to the roster, he wouldn't make it thru re-entry waivers. So he's done.
Last edited by Hockey Team: 01-19-2010 at 11:40 PM.