New York Hockey: Evgeny Grachev

Rangers trade into 3rd round

June, 25, 2011
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The New York Rangers traded forward Evgeny Grachev to the St. Louis Blues for the 72nd pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, which they used to select forward Steven Fogarty, a senior at Edina High School in Minnesota.

The 18-year-old scored 23 goals and 24 assists for his high school team this season, according to NHL.com. Fogarty is the second straight United States player and second straight forward the Rangers have drafted. He has committed to play for Notre Dame.

"This is exciting, for sure, being it's my hometown. I didn't see myself being drafted this high, but it's certainly exciting to be drafted by a great team like New York," Fogarty told Blueshirtsunited.com. "And it's awesome (to be in same organization as Marian Gaborik) because he is someone I definitely idolized growing up right here in Minnesota. To possibly have the chance to play with him down the road is really exciting."

Grachev was a third-round pick who played in eight games with the Rangers last season, failing to register a point.

"(Evgeny) Grachev felt like he just wasn't fitting in with our system and (requested a trade). We liked him, but we just think the person we got (Steven Fogarty) is going to be able to respond a little bit quicker," Rangers GM Glen Sather told Blueshirtsunited.com. "I had shopped Grachev around for over a year and really the only team that seemed to have a lot of interest in him was St. Louis. It was better to move him for a good prospect than hang on to him and if he had a poor year this year there probably wasn't going to be a lot of value."

The Rangers have three picks remaining: one in the fourth round (106) and two in the fifth round (134 and 136).

W2W4: Rangers vs. Capitals

January, 24, 2011
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The Rangers look to build off their comeback win over the Atlanta Thrashers Saturday when they travel to D.C. to face the Washington Capitals. Here are three factors to watch for when the puck drops Monday night.

Welcome Back

After the game in Atlanta the Rangers recalled D Michael Del Zotto, who had been sent to the team’s AHL affiliate in Hartford after struggling in the first part of the season. In the minors, Del Zotto posted seven assists in eight games, with an even plus/minus rating. That’s certainly a better point-producing clip than he posted with the Rangers before getting sent down (two goals, seven assists in 35 games). Evgeny Grachev was also brought up in the wake of the Atlanta game, which saw Brandon Prust and Dan Girardi injured. Both are listed as day-to-day.

The Rangers’ Featured Scorer

Marian Gaborik has still shown no signs of consistency on the goal-scoring front, even after his four-goal outburst against the Maple Leafs. In the two games since, he has no points, four shots on goal and a minus-1 rating. Fortunately for the Rangers, recently acquired Wojtek Wolski has immediately paid dividends. He now has three goals and three assists in the seven games since he came over from the Phoenix Coyotes. In fact, it’s been Wolski’s line -- alongside youngsters Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello --that has been the Rangers’ most dynamic of late.

The Sleeping Giants

The Caps haven’t exactly been the model of consistency themselves this season as Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have scuffled in the scoring department -- by their lofty standards anyway. But following a hat trick against the Maple Leafs (they’re all the rage these days) Ovechkin has four goals and two assists over his past three games. Backstrom has six assists in his last five games, and finally ended a 21-game goal-scoring drought with a marker against the Islanders. Ovechkin’s battles with Marc Staal are always physical, entertaining affairs. Tonight promises to be no different … though Staal may lack his usual defensive partner, Girardi. It will be interesting to see how much impact that has.

Absence, opportunity after Drury injury

September, 21, 2010
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Team captain Chris Drury broke his finger blocking a shot in Monday's training camp scrimmage and will miss four weeks, including the first four games of the regular season.

The loss opens the window a little wider for a crowded field of centers to make a good impression. Rookie Derek Stepan will certainly receive a long look, while the newly acquired Tim Kennedy and Todd White will also see more time during the Blueshirts’ preseason schedule, which begins Thursday against the Devils.

The Post’s Larry Brooks speculates that it could also open a slot on the third line for Sean Avery, with Vinny Prospal shifting to center.

The Record’s Andrew Gross spoke with some vets on the impact of the injury.

Morning Links
  • Drury discussed the long, hot, playoff-free summer with the team’s official site.
  • In other injury news, 2010 fourth-round pick Andrew Yogan will need surgery to repair a torn labrum.
  • LoHud.com’s Rich Carpiniello chatted with D-man Matt Gilroy, who is motivated by his late-season benching.
  • The Rangers’ 2010 top pick Dylan McIlrath writes about the Traverse City tournament from his perspective. In the article, the truculence-prone prospect explains why he didn’t drop the gloves.
  • Stepan, the sensation of the camp so far, centered a line with fellow rookies Mats Zuccarello-Aasen and Evgeny Grachev yesterday, yielding the top-line role to Erik Christensen, according to the Blueshirts Blog, which also adds several other interesting notes from yesterday’s action.
  • Head coach John Tortorella wrapped up Monday’s session with some comments to the media on Drury’s injury and prospect performances, as recorded by Andrew Gross.
  • Blueshirt Banter wants to know if the (formerly?) fiery Tortorella has had an attitude adjustment.
  • The Rangers’ AHL affiliate will be changing its name from the Hartford Wolfpack this season, as the Whale is being resurrected, according to this Hartford Courant report. The former owner of the Hartford Whalers (R.I.P.) is taking control of the club and will change the Wolfpack to the “Connecticut Whale” this season.
    I’m sorry, but as a guy who owns a puck signed by Jason Muzzatti, this is close to blasphemy. If you’re going invoke the memory of the greatest mall-based franchise in history, do it right. Don’t flaunt a nickname cliquey college students would use to demean a pudgy loner from the Constitution State. My hometown of Danbury, on the other hand, has it right. The Federal Hockey League might not share the same prestige as the AHL, but yesterday they had Dr. Hook Tim McCracken in the flesh!
  • And if you were looking for some awkward Fashion Week video featuring two members of the New York Rangers sitting in some sort of "Real World" video confessional booth, you just found it. Congratulations.

Stepan, Grachev highlight Traverse City

September, 13, 2010
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The Rangers’ roster of prospects dropped its second game at the Traverse City tournament, but not before generating a little buzz Saturday with a dramatic 5-4 win over Columbus in its tourney opener.

Evgeny Grachev scored the game-winner with just over six seconds remaining, converting on a set play from an offensive zone faceoff win by center Derek Stepan. It was the perfect capper to a game in which the baby Blueshirts’ top line of Stepan, Grachev and left wing Ryan Bourque accounted for four of five Rangers’ goals and eight of 10 points.

The game-winner was Grachev’s second goal on the night, while Stepan put the Rangers on the board just over midway through the first period. Bourque added a power-play tally in the second after RW Christian Thomas pocketed an unassisted goal to start the period.

Netminder Scott Stajcer, a fifth-round pick from 2009, stopped 20 of 24 shots to earn the win. The club’s top pick in the 2010 draft, Dylan McIlrath finished plus-one with two shots on goal.

Sunday’s game didn’t lack for drama, but the Rangers failed to get a positive result, watching Carolina Hurricanes prospect Zac Dalpe score the game’s only goal with under a minute left. Netminder Mike Murphy (sixth-round, 2008 entry draft) stopped all of the Rangers’ 33 shots to steal the 1-0 win.

Cam Talbot, a University of Alabama at Huntsville product, stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Rangers.

The split leaves the Rangers among four teams with a 1-1 record (Carolina, St. Louis, Dallas), trailing undefeated Minnesota. Detroit’s squad stands at 1-0-1 with an overtime loss to Tampa Bay. The Rangers skate at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday against the unblemished Wild. You can follow the game here.

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