The New York Rangers entered the second day of the NHL Entry Draft with just a fourth-round pick and a pair of fifth-round picks. So, they made a deal to snag a third-rounder from the St. Louis Blues for 2008 third-round pick Evgeny Grachev.
The Blueshirts selected Steve Forgarty Edina (Minn.) high school. In 24 games this season, the six-foot-two forward had 23 goals and 17 assists. He was ranked 90th among North American skaters by the NHL Centra Scouting.
Grachev never panned out for the Rangers, despite the organization giving him chance-after-chance of making the team out of camp. He finally broke through last year and played eight games for the Rangers, registering no points and going minus-3. He’s played in the AHL the past two seasons, registering 28 goals and 38 assists in 153 games.
I don’t mind getting rid of Grachev, but I really think they could have gotten more for him last year at the deadline or in another package to get some talent up front. Maybe his stock had fallen so much this was all they could get for him. Either way, I don’t mind seeing him shipped out.
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