Evgeny Grachev was one of the most highly touted Rangers prospects until the club traded him to St. Louis this past June for a third round pick, used on Steven Fogarty. The organization was criticized for “giving up” on Grachev and trading him away for “so little.” We were one of the blogs curious about the trade. It turned out that Grachev asked for a trade, and that the Rangers had been trying to unload him for a few months.
Fast forward to the preseason, and many were again criticizing the organization as Grachev got off to a hot start for the Blues. He scored two goals in the preseason opener, but was unable to find consistency. Following an up and down preseason, Grachev made the cut for the Blues. Unfortunately, Grachev couldn’t find any kind of offensive flow, and registered just two assists (no goals) in his first 17 games before going on IR with an eye injury.
Yesterday, Grachev was returned to Peoria of the AHL. Meanwhile, Steven Fogarty is lighting up the BCHL, with a line of 16-19-35 in 28 games. Of course it’s only been a few months, and Fogarty is still 4-5 years from the NHL. However, this is now the second club that Grachev has struggled with. Definitely worth noting that. Also worth noting is that the Rangers may have rushed Grachev when they signed him to a deal and moved him up to the AHL at such a young age.