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Battalion forward Evgeny Grachev named OHL rookie of the year @NHLdotcom

TORONTO - Brampton Battalion forward Evgeny Grachev is the Ontario Hockey League's rookie of the year.

The 19-year-old from Yaroslavl, Russia, finished first among OHL rookies in scoring with 40 goals and 40 assists in 60 games to capture the Emms Family Award on Wednesday. Grachev, a New York Rangers draft pick, also helped Russia win a bronze medal at the world junior championships in Ottawa.

The winner was selected by OHL general managers, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. Candidates received five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

Grachev received 47 points, ahead of Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers with 40 points and Calvin de Haan of the Oshawa Generals, who finished third with 31 points.

Grachev was also named to the all-rookie first time along with Seguin, de Haan, Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67's, John Carlson of the London Knights and J.P. Anderson of the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.

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