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U-20 Rosters Set

The guys at Beyond the Blueshirts have the inside scoop on the rosters for the USA/Russia U-20 four-game series to be played in Lake Placid this year. The US roster has three Ranger prospects participating: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Ryan Bourque. Kreider, the Rangers 1st round pick in 2009, and Stepan, the Rangers 2nd round pick in 2008, will both be participating in their first U-20 tryout. This will be Ryan Bourque’s (2009 3rd rounder) second go-round with the club.

It will be interesting to see how Kreider, who has never played against this level of competition before, fairs in this tryout. He is definitely skilled, but hasn’t had the chance to showcase it against all-world talent his age.

Notably left off the Russian team was OHL rookie of the year, and Rangers prospect-extraordinaire, Evgeny Grachev. This definitely wasn’t a slight to Grachev, and the logical reasoning is that the Rangers requested he be left off the roster for fear of injury, which really shouldn’t surprise anyone. I guess this means the club believes that Grachev may actually have a shot at making the big club next season. Personally, I think he goes to the OHL for another season, and then may actually spend a year in the AHL. No need to rush him.

6 Responses to “U-20 Rosters Set”

  1. jurgenno88 says:

    Dave,

    i’m pretty sure Grachev wont be in the O next year. As a kid drafted straight from Europe he’s able to go straight to the A and i think he’ll start there. I think he has acheieved all he can at the O level; his +/- (+46) alone shows he dominates at that level.

  2. Rick in Boston says:

    What about this for Grachev: If he plays extremely well (I’m talking playing at Top-6 forward level) during camp and the pre-season schedule, let him break camp with the big club. If he struggles once the pressure’s on, let him play to the limit to retain juniior eligibility. Then, based on what the issue is, send him down somewhere. If it’s a technical thing (skating, positioning) then the OHL is probably the best, but if it’s speed of play then the AHL.

    • Dave says:

      He’s too young to play in the AHL, he will definitely be back in juniors next season.

  3. Tom says:

    Since Grachev is European. I believe he is able to play in the AHL this season.

    It is a forum post, but from a moderator… Looking for a more authoritative site…

    http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=403429

    “College players and European players (provided they are drafted out of Europe–even if they later play in the CHL) are not covered by this agreement. They only have to abide by the AHL’s age requirement, which is that a player has to turn 18 by September 15 of any given season to be eligible to play. While you won’t see many 18-year olds in the AHL, some European players have played at that age (e.g. Niklas Bergfors)”

    So the questions is, was Grachev playing in the CHL before he was drafted. IIRC, he wasn’t, and can play in Hartford this coming season.

    • Dave says:

      Grachev was drafted out of Russia, not juniors. I still think he will wind up in the OHL though, and maybe get to the AHL once the season ends.