2007-08: Evgeny Grachev played well for Russia’s U18 junior national team and averaged more than a goal per game for the junior Lokomotiv 2. He was selected by Brampton in the first round (40th overall) in the 2008 CHL Import Draft.
2008-09: Grachev was the second-leading scorer for the OHL’s Brampton Battalion in his first season in North America and played for Russia in the 2009 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 40 goals with 40 assists and was plus-48 with 22 PMs in 60 regular season games.The Battalion reached the OHL finals after finishing first in the Central Division and in 19 playoff games Grachev scored 11 goals with 14 assists and was plus-8 with 25 PMs. He was named OHL Rookie of the Year. In seven games for bronze-medal winning Russia at the junior tournament, Grachev scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was plus-3 with 4 PMs.
2009-10: Grachev made his North American pro debut as a 19-year-old and appeared in 80 games for the Rangers’ AHL affiliate Hartford. He scored 12 goals with 16 assists but had a team-worst minus-13 with 14 PMs. The Wolf Pack finished sixth in the Atlantic Division, three points out of the final playoff spot.
2010-11: Grachev made his NHL debut in late October 2010 and saw limited ice time in eight games for the Rangers; spending most of the season with the AHL’s Connecticut Whale. Grachev was scoreless and minus-3, averaging under 8 minutes of ice time in his time with New York. Grachev was one of the top two-way forwards for Connecticut, finishing plus-21 while scoring 16 goals with 22 assists and 38 PMs in 73 games. Connecticut finished third in the Atlantic Division. In the Whale’s six-game, first-round playoff series with Portland Grachev had 2 assists and was minus-2 with 4 PMs. Grachev was acquired by the Blues in exchange for a 2011 third round pick in June 2011.
2011-12: Grachev split the season between St. Louis and AHL Peoria in his first season in the Blues organization. He opened the season with St. Louis before being sent down in late November and shuttled between the two clubs until February – when he joined Peoria for the rest of the season. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was minus-4 with 2 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Blues; averaging 9:20 minutes of ice time. He was with St. Louis during the playoffs but did not get in any games. He scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was minus-4 with 18 penalty minutes in 39 games for the Rivermen. Peoria missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.
2012-13: Grachev was one of two players, along with AHL veteran and leading scorer T.J. Hensick, to skate in all 76 games for St. Louis AHL affiliate Peoria. The fifth-leading scorer of the Rivermen, he had 11 goals with 15 assists and was minus-19 with 40 penalty minutes. Peoria missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the Midwest Division. Tendered a qualifying offer by the Blues in July, Grachev signed a contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in August, 2013 to play in the KHL in 2013-14.
Grachev dominated junior hockey with his size, a physical presence and good hands but has yet to match that dominance at the pro level. He can play both wing and center but despite his size plays more of a finesse game than a true power forward style. Consistency on both the offensive and defensive end has been a problem for him at the pro level. He shows flashes of being an elite player but has not yet produced to match his skill set.
Grachev, who was tendered a contract by St. Louis and is a restricted free agent, is skating for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in 2014-15 in his second KHL season. Playing in a limited role and seeing fourth line minutes for the middle-of-the-pack club, it doesn't seem likely that Grachev will develop into the top-flight scorer envisioned during his junior hockey career. It would not be unreasonable to expect him to take another shot at the NHL in the future but it is just as likely he concludes his career playing in Russia.