Monday, March 30, 2009

Prospect Watch: Max Gratchev

Here is a good report on Maxim Gratchev

Scouts like the skill and gumption of Gratchev, who missed being draft eligible last year by 11 days.

"He's a fireball," a scout said. "He's not a great skater, but he's quick from the faceoff circle to the net."

Islanders QMJHL Scout Mario Saraceno:

He's a high-energy and intense player, who can play on either wing. He's a guy with flare. Max is a player who never takes a shift off and has good skating ability.
Max is effective on the power play, but can also kill penalties.
I can see him one day suiting up for the Islanders. (from nyi.com)

Central Scouting Report:
A hard working forward with a good two-way game… has good speed and creates chances with his tenacity… carries the puck with confidence and has quick feet… needs to make better decisions with his passes and improve his on-ice awareness.

Scouting Report: Highly skilled winger, with extremely good offensive instructs. He seems to be a step ahead with his vision/decision making which gives him a good passing game. Has a tremendous nose for the net. Has an accurate shot, to go along with a very quick release. Two attributes that are needed to score at the next level. His size, strength and d-zone play are still areas of concern. Has an accurate shot, to go along with a very quick release. Two attributes that are needed to score at the next level.

NHL Potential: 2nd Line scoring Winger; quick feet and hands make him dangerous around net.

Style compares to: Ales Kotalik.

Stats for this year:

GP G A Pts
64 30 31 61

My opinion is that he'll be in Bridgeport soon, but it may take Maxim 2 or 3 years to make it to the Islanders squad. But a good draft pick from Snow.


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