The Blues traded away their 72nd pick overall to the New York Rangers for Evgeny Grachev. Grachev, 6-3 and 202 lbs, was drafted by the Rangers in the 3rd round (75th overall) in 2008. Basically, what the Blues did, was got a player significantly closer to the NHL level instead of a prospect that they'd have to look after in the minors for several seasons. Grachev is big, can skate, and at his size doesn't get shoved off of the puck easily. He played eight regular season games with the Rangers, finishing with no goals, no assists, and a -3 rating. He managed 12 goals and 16 assists in 80 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2009-2010 and an impressive 40 goals and 40 assists with the OHL's Brampton Battalion.
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