NEWS: Rangers Trade Evgeny Grachev To St. Louis and Draft Steven Fogarty

The Rangers have traded Evgeny Grachev to the St. Louis Blues for the 72nd pick.

With the 72nd pick, the Rangers have taken center Stephen Fogarty from Minnesota.

He is 6-2 and 195 pounds. He was ranked 71nd by Future Considerations.

I would think that the Rangers really like this kid to move Grachev. The Rangers know Grachev better than anyone at this point and they must have seen enough of him to understand what kind of player he will turn out to be. Fogarty seems to have some nice long-term potential. Again, I trust the Rangers decision makers like Gordie Clark and Jeff Gorton.

Grachev was the 75th pick in 2008.

Fogarty had 23 goals and 17 assists in 24 games this past season.

He will play in the USHL this season and then Notre Dame.

From Bruins Draft Watch:

His work ethic is laudable- he wants to play and loves to compete; goes above and beyond to make himself better and put himself into situations that will put him in position to improve. He’s raw and needs significant work, but will spend the entire 2011-12 season in the USHL. At 6-1, 195, he’s got the physical tools to be a solid NHL prospect and watch for him to go relatively high (3rd-4th rounds) in the draft.

From Minnesota Hockey Prospects:

Plays a physical brand of hockey, grinding it out on the boards and getting dirty in front of the net. Bullies his way around the ice, excelling at playing a power game. Has the ability to finish in tight and pick up his fair share of garbage goals. Has pretty good hands for a big guy and can stick handle with the best of them. passing could use a bit more touch but this is not a glaring weakness. Does not have elite speed but is a mule on his skates.

New York acquires a third round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

New York, June 25, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has traded forward Evgeny Grachev to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a third round draft pick, 72nd overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers selected forward Steven Fogarty with the pick.

Fogarty, 18, skated in 24 games with the Edina Hornets of the Minnesota Boys High School Hockey League (High-MN) last season, registering 23 goals and 17 assists for 40 points, along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. He established career-highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, power play goals (three), game-winning goals (four), and shorthanded goals (two). Fogarty led the Hornets in goals, points, plus/minus rating, game-winning goals, and shorthanded goals. He also tied for second in assists and third in power play goals. Fogarty recorded a career-high, nine multi-point performances, including three hat tricks. He notched a career-high, four goals, and added two assists to tie his career-high with six points on January 27 vs. Hopkins. The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania native posted a career-high, 11-game point streak from December 4 vs. Eagan to January 20 vs. Wayzata, registering 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) over the span.

In 2011 playoff action, Fogarty led the Hornets with 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in six games en route to a fourth-place finish in the High-MN Class AA State Tournament. He registered at least one point in each of the six contests, including a two-assist effort in the Third Place Game on March 12 vs. Eagan. Fogarty led the team with five assists, tied for first in scoring with seven points and third with two goals in three games during the Section Playoffs to help Edina advance to the State Tournament. He tied for the team lead with four points and three assists in three tournament contests.

The 6-3, 200-pounder has appeared in 49 career games over two seasons with Edina, registering 41 goals and 29 assists for 70 points, along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-26 rating. In addition, Fogarty has tallied 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 12 career playoff contests.

Grachev, 21, skated in 73 games with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points, along with 24 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating. He also tallied two assists in six playoff contests with the Whale. The Khabarovsk, Russia native was originally selected as the Rangers’ third round choice, 75th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.