The New York Rangers traded forward Evgeny Grachev to the St. Louis Blues for the 72nd pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, which they used to select forward Steven Fogarty, a senior at Edina High School in Minnesota.
The 18-year-old scored 23 goals and 24 assists for his high school team this season, according to NHL.com. Fogarty is the second straight United States player and second straight forward the Rangers have drafted. He has committed to play for Notre Dame.
"This is exciting, for sure, being it's my hometown. I didn't see myself being drafted this high, but it's certainly exciting to be drafted by a great team like New York," Fogarty told Blueshirtsunited.com. "And it's awesome (to be in same organization as Marian Gaborik) because he is someone I definitely idolized growing up right here in Minnesota. To possibly have the chance to play with him down the road is really exciting."
Grachev was a third-round pick who played in eight games with the Rangers last season, failing to register a point.
"(Evgeny) Grachev felt like he just wasn't fitting in with our system and (requested a trade). We liked him, but we just think the person we got (Steven Fogarty) is going to be able to respond a little bit quicker," Rangers GM Glen Sather told Blueshirtsunited.com. "I had shopped Grachev around for over a year and really the only team that seemed to have a lot of interest in him was St. Louis. It was better to move him for a good prospect than hang on to him and if he had a poor year this year there probably wasn't going to be a lot of value."
The Rangers have three picks remaining: one in the fourth round (106) and two in the fifth round (134 and 136).