It's not his coach. It's not what line he is playing on. It's not how he has been nurtured. It's not that the Rangers won't bring up and play their youth. It's not about anything except the obvious: Until proven otherwise he is another in a long line of overhyped prospects.
Anisimov made great strides his second time through the AHL. If Grachev doesn't step forward this season, the Rangers won't be able to get a 5th rounder in exchange for him by next season.
Good post.. There is a lot of truth to this but there is still time with Grachev. He is a definate project right now that just needs to keep on developing however slow it may look right now. If Grachev was not so hyped then he would be on a decent development curve right now with no undue expectations.
Definitely lost some excitement value: both because of our "shiny new toy" Kreider and because he hasn't really impressed; however, let's give him another year in the AHL, and don't forget: he's only 20 years old!
Hold on to him (imo). That's what Detroit does. Some Swede in his mid to late 20's will pop up like Johan Franzen and start scoring > 25 goals a year. Then, Detroit "conveniently" has a player who no one has really ever heard of, put up big time points in the 08', 09' and 10' postseason's. With that said, at the same time I'm not upset the Rangers didn't hold on to Hugh Jessiman.