Getting Cherepanov to New York may not be a struggle

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That at least is according to Alexei Cherepanov’s agent Jay Grossman, who said the player’s agreement with current team Omsk is he’ll be free to come to the NHL after next season.

“We don’t believe it’s an obstacle at all,� Grossman said by phone from the draft. “It may be an issue with certain players but it won’t be an issue with Alexei because we have an agreement with the team and they know his intention is to play in the NHL.�

Meanwhile, Cherepanov will actually be coming even sooner than that since the team is likely to bring him to New York for a tour next week.

Again, if the real deterrent for most teams here was A) getting the player out of Russia and B) getting him to play hard, the Rangers may feel they have an answer to both. One I just mentioned. The other lies with another vastly talented player who had a reputation for aloofness before coming to New York.

In other words, the Rangers got Jaromir Jagr to work. They can probably figure this kid out as well.

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  1. onecupin67years on

    I was channel hoping between Bravo which had the Godfather and Vs.which had the draft.Coincidentally ,as the Rangers were about to make their selection,Michael Corleone emerges from the toilet with the gun and kills Capt. and Salazzo and the Rangers chose Cherepanov.They both got their man.

  2. I was out all night and just got home now and saw we got Cherepanov. WOW! What a steal! This kid broke Bure’s goal scoring record and had more points than Ovechkin or Malkin ever had in the Russian Elite League, so he’s obviously talented. I am not worried about the work ethic. The point is we needed an elite forward prospect and we got one at #17. Awesome. And to think Brooks’ article last week said we wanted to trade up to #3 to get him!

    Lets go Rangers! Welcome aboard Alexei!

  3. czechthemout!!!!! on

    great pick!!it seems most teams were scared because of the transfer agreement.we got lucky.i think anisimov is also going to come over next year.we may actually be forced to play these kids instead of other teams failed cast offs.hope we can pick up bill sweat tomorrow.and to ivana i just have one thing to say: TI POTS!

  4. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Cherepanov is the next Andrei Kostitsyn or Zherdev or Morozov another enigma that will frustrate the fans.

    tebe sinok do moyevo potsa kak do luni.

  5. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    honestly I think Mayorov is a better player than Cherepanov, bigger more complete, hard working, plays physical I hope we can get him in the 2nd round.

  6. czechthemout!!!!! on

    i want to say that ivan is a deebeel to chto znayet pra hakei tak kak ya znayoo pra balyet!

  7. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    ti komu govorish? zdes novernoye krome nas nekto bolshe ne ponimayet russkiy, tak shto bud horoshey chukchey i zatknis, balerina zasranaya.

  8. for one, i will refrain from any translations (above)

    secondly, i just want to say that Chery will make magic happen. It’s been a while since the rangers have had hot handed russian on their team and i am anxious to see what this kid can bring.

  9. For those who believe in Glen Sather, WE SALUTE YOU!
    Most of the commentators tonight feel Cherepanov is a huge pick — how can an 18-year old kid be aloof and lazy? I bet Renney cannot wait to get his hands on this kid.

    tdr

  10. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    BTW, when I saw pre draft videos of Ovechkin I thout he was overrated, then was blown away when I saw him in NHL, so maybe Cherepanov will blow me away as well. Cherepanov could be a Mogilny type player, but I think he will be one dimentional.

  11. Robby Bonfire on

    Pour moi, cela ne fait rien, si les autres jens geunes ici, parlent dans une langue etranger. Je prefer vous-parlez anglais mais si vous ne voulez pas, c’est d’accord. Pour moi, ce n’est pas la difference. Autant, en emporte le vent.

  12. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    winners are: Rangers, Penguins, Flames

    losers are: Kings, Hurricanes, Bruins, Wild, Senators, Canucks, Avs

    the rest did pretty good.

  13. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    I want Anisimov and Cherepanov in NA asap they need to learn English and get used to smaller rinks and longer seasons and more physical play.

  14. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Just as I thought by the look of him and the sound of him, Cherepanov was born and raised in a little village, and I was right about his skating style. They arre saying he has good hockey sense and leadership qualities

    the way this guy talks is really funny

    http://www.hawk.ru/news/3864.html

  15. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    he says he is a Colorado Avs fan, and it sounded like he thought he might get picked 1st overall.

  16. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    It seems like Cherepanov is too talkative in Russian and translator has difficulty finding the proper words and expressions. That could have turned off many teams. Also they might have disliked that he can’t speak any English

  17. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Anisimov played on the same WJC team with Cherepanov. Anisimov btw produced at a better rate in the playoffs 5 points in 7 games, in regular season he only had 10 points in 39 games.

  18. I say good for the Rangers. He has a whole year to learn English.

    I definitely didn’t understand the Kings pick at all; most of the losers mentioned above I agree with.

    I hope Nylander signs, but at what cost?

  19. According to his stats, he scores 31 his first year, then 18 in twice as many games the next year. His WJC stats are impressive.

  20. Unbelievable…top 5 talent…at 17…without giving up a single asset. When you’ve built up a stable of hard-working, character kids like Staal, Sauer, Girardi, Callahan, Dubinsky, Korpikoski, Dupont and Pyatt, you can take a risk on a kid like this. This is our elite, top line prospect. We finally have one.

  21. Both Cherepanov and Anisimov have been named to Team Russia for the upcoming under-20 Canada/Russia Super Series

  22. Ivana Cherepanov(Doodie Machetto) on

    I’m personally very happy with the pick. The draft was weak: no players are guaranteed successes (excluding Kane). Cherepanov was at one time the #1 ranked player in the draft, and was the #1 ranked Euro. Sure, there’s a potential that he turns into a big bust, but the safe picks in this draft just weren’t any good. The reward is potentially amazing- we finally would have that dynamic scorer in our system. I’m even happy that he is spending another year with Omsk, it’ll toughen him up a lot more than a year on the Pack would. Ballsy move with potentially HUGE upside. Of course, worst-case scenario is that he turns into Jan Marek and never comes to the U.S.

    PS, Panthers traded for Vokoun. Therefore, two Eastern Conference teams just made huge upgrades in goal yesterday.

  23. SAM & JOSH welcome back to hockey , I have to believe some fans of the other teams might think the fix was in for the NYR to get who glennie went over to see 4 times. Interesting how those trips are a big secret for NYR fans until draft time, but the guys on VS knew so I assume many of the teams knew too.Is there some code of secrecy involved? Thankfully he didn’t have to trade up to get him. …. Buttman continues to be an embarrassment to hockey. His job last night was to show the kids the mark on the stage for where to stand for the cameras. No deal with Russia, the Preds being dismantled so they can go from a 110 point team to who knows how low. He’s letting this guy Leopold try to sell a house for big money, but before the sale his gutting the house so it’s really worth much less. They seem to be pushing for it to go to Kansas City rather than Hamilton.I guess buttman doesn’t like his blackberry.

  24. I was so excited about our pick however…most people here say they don’t care about his questionable work ethic, and I think that’s just because with all the excitement from last night, who would think anyone wouldn’t play hard …however if anyone recalls Pavel Brendl or takes a look at Yashin, or remembers Keenan watching Kovalev’s shifts , there’s a legitimate concern, hopefully this is just an immaturity issue

  25. czechthemout!!!!! on

    ever since i can remember,every russian player has had his work ethic questioned with the exception of ovechkin.this is an 18 year old kid!he will mature and become a star.he obviously steps up in the big games.he was named best forward in the wjc and had the most points.as far as kovelov,he always stepped up in the playoffs when he was here and after campbell tried to run him out of town he went to pittsburgh and had several great years.

  26. Who really knows how this will all turn out. The draft is a crapshoot and certainly the Rangers rarely have had a banner one. Let’s hope this kid is the real deal because we need someone with first line potential. Just like he fell into our lap so too did Esposito fall to the ridiculous 20th pick to of all teams the Penguins! Just what they need – another young, talented, high scoring forward. Who will be able to compete with them in the next 5-10 years?? Scary.

  27. Cliff – The Pens will need to make quick work out of getting to the cup, because if they don’t, they’ll start losing guys like flies in winter. By the time Crosby re-ups, he’s going to be demanding upwards of $10 million per. Then add in Malkin. And Staal. Ultimately, they won’t be able to hold on to all of these guys. So here’s the five-year count-down for Mario. Frankly, I think they’ll make a serious run next season, then consider moving some of their stable to feed their system.

    But count me as one who is very chagrined by Espo going to the pens. I shut off the draft after the Cherepanov pick(I mean, it couldn’t have gotten any better from there), but found myself wondering. With the draft considered “weak” and teams off-loading #1 picks for additional later round picks, I was thinking it might have been wise for the Rangers to move their number-two and a prospect to get the 18th or 19th pick and select either Esposito or Backlund.

    As much as I like the Cherepanov pick(he’s probably the heir apparent now to Jags), they still lack a top-flight pivot in the system.Dupont, Pyatt and Dubinsky could be those guys, but that’s a LONG shot at that. Would have been nice to have a stud pivot in the waiting…

  28. Robby Bonfire on

    Kansas City as an NHL venue just because it has a “State of The Art” facility, is another Buttman -saturate the NHL with minor league towns – joke on us. Look, Kansas City’s professional sports history is worse than merely UGLY. 1. MLB Kansas City A’s lasted 13 years, moved to Oakland. 2. NBA Kansas City Kings – split home games with Omaha, wound up in Sacramento. 3. NHL Kansas City Scouts – now the New Jersey Devils. They don’t call this place “Cowtown” for nothing.

    Yes the NFL is a stronghold, everywhere it is established, including Kansas City. But the NHL is assuredly NOT the NFL when it comes to attendance, tv revenues, and the merchandising windfall. Kansas City in the NHL is another bad joke, except only Buttman is laughing. I wish 10 NHL teams would collapse and disband. I wish Buttman would collapse and disband, too.

  29. The lack of English Cherpanov knows is no biggie. There are plenty of Russians around the Rangers orginization (Tyutin, Anisimov, and Kaspar will be gone but he’s still under contract) and Brighton Beach a subway stop away.

    The Pens have a big 4 now, but they still have no D and by the time Esposito is ready, Gonchar could be on a big decline.

  30. If this pick does pan out the way it could…There was a big concern that when Jagr retires, and he always sound slke he doesn’t have more than 2 years in him…we have our 1st line scorer…hopefully Jags will be here long enough to teach Cherepanov the ropes (and by that I mean not to be a much-to-sensitive, pouty primadonna but an offensive force and NHL scoring champion)

  31. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    horrible pick considering the talent available in Moller, Aliu and Mayorov.

  32. If Kane doesnt puton 30 pounds of muscle mass, I dont see him being overwhelmingly successful. Im sure he will net his goals but he is very small. Size may not be as big of an issue as it used to be but we are talking about a kid who is the size of a freshman in high school. They are talking about him playing in October, he better hit the weights hard this summer

  33. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    ONECUP

    I was doing the same thing…The draft was so slow paced i had to watch a little God Father at the time.

    ROBBY

    Once again…Please talk about this crap some where else…No one gived a flying F about Kansas City and Nashiville and ONtario or where ever they’ll end up..It has nothing to do with NYR and if they move to KC then what ever…Its better then Nashville….I hate that place.

    I really dont see why anyone would have a problem with this pick…Im excited to see Cherepanov in the future…We have Tyuts to help him with language..

    Look at Malkin…He had 33 goals and about 60 points when the kid doesnt speak english…He has Gonchar to help him out there…Chery just needs that same support.

    And for the record..I wanted Chery over Esposito…Because i like him better…and because i loved the face on Esposito when teams passed him by…He looked like suicidal…

    Can anyone update with with the NYR draftee when hes drafted.

  34. The Tonester on

    How could you NOT draft Cherpanov at #17?

    And as for the Antoine LaFleur pick…the system is weak behind Lundqvist and Montoya. Forget Valli…if Montoya gets traded away, that leaves nothing of consequence behind Lundqvist in the pipe. The two biggest holes in the system were a big scorer and goaltending depth and the first two picks potentially addressed that.

  35. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    idiots were too stupid to trade to get a 3rd rounder or another 2nd rounder. Now Mayorov was just taken in 4th round by Columbus.

  36. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Sean O’Donnell resigned for only 1.25 mil a year, that is a very little reward for helping win the Cup.

  37. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Sather is an idiot, he should have gotten a 2nd or 3rd rounder as compensation for Maloney, now the scumbag Maloney is drafting up players that Rangers scouted and planned to draft.

  38. ORR…”ROBBY

    Once again…Please talk about this crap some where else…No one gived a flying F about Kansas City and Nashiville and ONtario or where ever they’ll end up..”
    How about you stick your attitude, opinions, and the rest somewhere else.

  39. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    it would be nice to see Cherepanov play with Prucha….throw a center in there and it could potentially be dangerous…

  40. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    wow Rangers just drafted someone from a league which never even heard of. Anyone heard of WJRB?

  41. I’m not quite sure as to how being the top player on the biggest junior stage (world junior) and the youngest player in OMST to break the records that he did translte into a bad work ethic.

    It is laughable.

  42. Why isn’t Versus showing the second day of the draft???…I read they were going to…not that I’m surprised, the OT in the playoffs were cut off by NBC for pregame horseracing…the awards ceremony was bumped from prime time to 11 O’clock at night for a reality TV show of ultimate fighters, and now the draft is bumped for bass fashing…why give a shit about hockey? I mean the amount of buffalo sabres games that are being shown on MSG (anyone who lives upstate Albany region knows what I’m talking about)…I may never see Cherepanov

  43. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “WJRB stands for the We Justlost Ryan & Blake league.”

    or World Junior Retarded Bastards

  44. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “Why isn’t Versus showing the second day of the draft???…I read they were going to…not that I’m surprised, the OT in the playoffs were cut off by NBC for pregame horseracing…the awards ceremony was bumped from prime time to 11 O’clock at night for a reality TV show of ultimate fighters, and now the draft is bumped for bass fashing…why give a shit about hockey? I mean the amount of buffalo sabres games that are being shown on MSG (anyone who lives upstate Albany region knows what I’m talking about)…I may never see Cherepanov”

    I am watching it online, go to NHL.com for a link.

  45. Everywhere I read something on the Ranger pick; canada, espn, etc. the consesus is the rangers got a steal.. big time 1st line talent and that is the only thing they lack in the minors..

    great pick…

  46. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Rangers picked a guy who was a no brainer at #17, but really the GM and the scouting staff is horrible and needs to be fired.

  47. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    Is the only reason why yesterdays draft was “weak” was because there werent enough “good” canadian draft picks…and the americans stole the show.

    Cause they were doing alot of whining about it last night

  48. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    Unfortunetly for Chery….By the time he really starts playing for us…Jagr will likely be retired…

    Hopefully not…Jagr doesnt know it…But i think he has more time left in him.

  49. OHA PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND TOP PROSPECT

    Max Campbell of the Strathroy Rockets in the WOHL

  50. Robby Bonfire on

    ORR, you pukie little brat, if you look above my comment, four places, you will see I was responding to someone else’s comment about KC. You got a problem with growing up boy, or just a perpetual spoiled child?

  51. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    First off Robby….Why do you give a crap about KC if your an NYR fan…IF YOU even are…Cause all you do is cry about NYR’s players and management…

    I dont care if NSH goes to ONT..KC..LV..MEX…i can care less

    Quit crying about something thats not even a big deal…I dont see what that has anything to do with NY…

  52. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    Eh it was kinda funny…

    The Road Trip was the best

    Shanny and Souray tossing water balloons out the window was great…

  53. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Why wouldn’t Sather take a chance on Mayorov in the 3rd round? It wouldn’t cost us more than Dawes or Pock.

  54. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “Because the Rangers are really going to need Dawes in the future”

    no they already got too many small forwards

  55. I think the Rangers have to be very careful with Cherepanov hanging out on Brighton Beach….The Russian Mob will target him, just like with Pavel Bure, when he played for us.

  56. “no they already got too many small forwards”

    yeah, but if a small forward like Dawes can really score, keep him.

  57. I agree CML, Dawes is a off version of Callahan….they should test the waters with him….who is left in Nashville

  58. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    Steve Sullivan is left….and Radulov…a few others…NYR should trade Montoya and Malik for Radulov…That would be nice

  59. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    I don’t have any faith in Dawes, he failed to show me something to be excited.

  60. You’re right. Dawes having 35 goals, 32 assists in 77 games, he sure hasn’t proven anything. And Pock surely proved himself with only 15 goals, 46 assists in 67 games. Notice that they have similar stats. How can you guys say Dawes sucks but Pock is good?? i really want to know.

  61. 17 NYR ALEXEI CHEREPANOV 1/15/1989 Barnaul, Russia RU 6′ 1″ 183 RUSSIA OMSK RW L
    48 NYR ANTOINE LAFLEUR 12/12/1988 Gatineau, QC CA 6′ 4″ 186 QMJHL PEI G L
    138 NYR MAX CAMPBELL 12/21/1988 Strathroy, ON CA 6′ 0″ 170 WJRB STRATHROY C L
    168 NYR CARL HAGELIN 8/23/1988 Sodertalje, Sweden SE 5′ 11″ 176 SWE-JR. SODERTALJE JR. LW L
    193 NYR
    (from MTL) DAVID SKOKAN 12/6/1988 Poprad, Slovakia SK 6′ 0″ 191 QMJHL RIMOUSKI C L
    198 NYR DANNY HOBBS 6/21/1989 Ottawa, ON CA 5′ 11″ 178 USHL OHIO C/RW

  62. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    IVANA / PORK

    Same here…He had a few games to show what ever skills he has…He had about 20 games more or less..

    And dont feed me any of the “If he got better ice time he would do better” thing…Cause Pruch got bad ice time this year and still managed to get more then half of the goals he got last year…

    Dawes always looked nervous on the ice…I say its not a big loss if we let him go…Id rather see Dubi here…Or someone else.

    But i hope in 09 – 010 we’ll get to see Cherepanov in a few games that season…Hopefully Shanny and Jags will be there as well.

  63. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “You’re right. Dawes having 35 goals, 32 assists in 77 games, he sure hasn’t proven anything. And Pock surely proved himself with only 15 goals, 46 assists in 67 games. Notice that they have similar stats. How can you guys say Dawes sucks but Pock is good?? i really want to know”

    I think Pock sucks as well. and those are AHL stats, in NHL Dawes didn’t really show me much, he looked lost and out of place.

  64. I still think that Pock should be traded before Dawes because at least Dawes is helping the Wolfpack more than Pock is.

  65. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    You cant compare AHL stats to NHL stats…It doesnt matter if you get 70 goals in 82 AHL games…That doesnt mean your gonna get 5 goals in 30 games…

    I have nothing against Dawes but thats just how i feel…If NYR puts him in a REGULAR season game this seaosn…then im alright with that…

    Im looking foward to Cally this season more then anyone…and Staal if he plays.

  66. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    yeah, Prucha, Callahan and Dubinsky impressed right away you could see they can play, Dawes didn’t show me much though except 1 or 2 nice goals in preseason, but I was way more impressed with the play of G. Moore and Baranka in preseaaon and they didn’t get called up. I bet with emphasis on size in NHL now, we can’t even get anything for Dawes.

  67. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    CML

    I agree there…Dawes is helping the pack…Especially now that Cally will be up here on the team.

    Is there any chance that Bourett will get a shot on NYR this season…Fof a game or 2…or more…

    This kid from what i hear is supposed to be a major bust and a half….Any truth there…

  68. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    this draft for us could turn out to produce zero NHL games. We need to hire proper a scouting staff and a GM who is not afraid to make traded during the draft to grab steals like Mayorov.

  69. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    how many players we got under 6 feet: Dawes, Straka, Callahan, Bourret, Pyatt, Prucha(considered small), Helminen, Kveton, Zaborsky, Zeliska, and some more we drafted today.

    Bourret, Callahan, Prucha, and Pyatt look like keepers because they do other things than just score. The Czechs I am not sure about, the rest should be traded.

    How many small guys did the Ducks have?

  70. I am actually worried about Bourett, I’ve only heard negative things about him. I’ve never seen him play, but I’m jumping the gun and saying that I don’t think he is fit for the Rangers.

  71. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Bourret is much bigger than Dawes and more physical than Callahan. Nothing to be worried about, he is at worst a 3rd liner in NHL.

  72. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Bourret will likely be a better playmaker than goalscorer, he did get 44 goals in juniors. He can play center.

  73. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    and the Ducks just traded the only small guy they had, Ryan Shannon, who was a huge scorer in AHL but couldn’t do much in NHL.

  74. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Well I guess Mcdonald and Marchant are also somewhat small, but even they are taller than Dawes by at least 2 inches.

  75. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “Today Lowe expects to land a veteran who he figures will create a bit of a buzz.

    “I’m trying to land a bigger one, no question, but this one is a good player,” he said in a telephone interview from Columbus last night.

    “I’m learning not to hold my breath, but we’ve actually agreed to it,” he said of the pending deal.

    “The thing is, it’s tied to somebody else,” he said of a third team involved. ”

    please tell me Jagr and Nylander are traded to Edmonton. Maybe Sather is fed up with their whining and selfishness.

  76. Why did the Rangers pick a Goaltender at #48 in the 2nd Round? (A French Canadian Goalie as well)

    Is Montoya our back-up this year?

  77. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    I hope Montoya is the backup, if he turns out to be good we can either keep him or trade him like Toskala.

  78. Thru the first 2 rounds, only 3 Goaltenders overall selected.
    Goalies I guess are too hard to scout and judge; unless they seem really talented and athletic. I mean look at Henrik…Pick of the litter and was drafted in the 7th round, 205th overall.

    Here’s a link to Lafleur’s stats

    http://hockeysfuture.com/prospects/antoine_lafleur

  79. In 2000 Dipietro was selected #1 overall.. I guess that sorta worked out..Heatley and Gaborik were #’s 2 and 3 that year…with Marian Hossa going at #16.

    In 2001 Goalies Pascal Leclaire and Dan Blackburn were top 10 picks..where are they now?

    In 2002, Kari Lehtonen was taken at #2 overall. Nothing special about him.

    In 2003, Marc-Andre Fleury was #1 overal by Pitt. That worked out okay.

    In 2004, we selected Montoya at #6.

    In 2005, MTL took Carey Price at #5 overall…Who the heck is he?

    And in 2006, no Goalies were taken top 10. I guess teams are learning something about goalies in drafts.

  80. ORR – I usually like your comments, but why can’t we talk about things other than the Rangers here? Like you talking about the NHL commercials. And if you think Shanny is gonna be here in 09-10, pass me some of that good shit you’re smoking.

    Ivana’s deal with Mayorov is that we didn’t draft him, he’s not on our team so he’s one of the troll’s favorite players. Although, since he changed to his most recent name, some of the coments have been smart. I guess with so many posts, something has to be right.

    It’s hard to tell right now which/how many prospects are going to make the team out of camp or be called up this year when we have so many RFAs hanging in the air right now. I would think Bourret will be the first RW to get a chance, especially over Jessiman.

  81. BlueClue – Carey Price is another top goalie prospect for Montreal, along with Halak. He will have to be traded or see Halak nosedive to make an NHL roster, though.

  82. ORR Kicks Yin Yang on

    BRANDON

    The commerical thing was a responce to someone…And what ever..I like the commericals.

    Ill talk about anything in here…Im notan a hole…Im just sick of hearing people cry about Kansas City…Like i said…Who cares where NSH ends up…Bettman is a piece of garbage which everyone knows…But so what if KC gets a team its not a big deal to me…And how does a team going there make us look like assholes??

    Like i said before..I dont care what anyone talks about…Isnt that the point of a blog…Im just voicing my opinion on the matter…If you think im coming off like an a hole then what are you gonna do. I know im not, and im not gonna change your opinion.

    And about Shanny…I never said he WILL be playing in 09 – 010…I said i HOPE he still plays…Cause im a huge Shanny and Jagr fan..as ive been ever since i got into hockey.

  83. Bourret has a high ceiling and we got him for nothing (Dupuis). Understand he finished strong w/ Wolfpack. He’s 21 and needs to have a good camp this September.

  84. This whole Cherepanov saga in the draft with hsi slide to 17 seems too strange to me.

    Most outlets blame it on the lack of a transfer agreement with Russia to the NHL and his so called work ethic, or lack of.

    From what his agent said, Cherepanov will be free to skate in the NHL after this year and Omsk was cool with that.
    Notice how he only said it after he was drafted.

    Seems to me with Sather’s 4 trips to Russia, he clearly knew something that no other GM’s knew;…and I know this is purely speculation, but perhaps some under the table monetary agreement was worked out with the Russians.

  85. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    I think the only prospect that I kinda like out of those we took in the later round is David Skokan, at least he played in a league that I can trust and played on a bad team, thus the low scoring. The rest look like they are going to go to NCAA for 4 years.

  86. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “Bourret has a high ceiling and we got him for nothing (Dupuis).”

    and a 3rd rounder which could have easily been Mayorov who has a potential of being an excellent player.

  87. Sam, will you be at the Prospect Camp next week that the Rangers are holding? If so, are you going to be blogging about it, I’d love to know!! thank you for doing such a great job covering the draft!

  88. Bouret was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1st round (16th overall) in 2005.

  89. Bourret and Dawes, for those of you who don’t know, really cam eon late last year and become quite a tag team…Bourret is supposed to be a little cannon ball on the ice, enjoys hitting, and is a playmaker…but I’ve never seen him play I just check alot of prospect webpages and check the AHL sites alot…Bouret’s 1st minicamp with Atlanta soured alot of people for the Thrashers as I guess he came out of shape and his work ethic wasn’t up to par (see a growing trend??)…but his next camp was better but he still had to be kicked in the ass to do something….a fresh start maybe what starts his NHL career…I’m optimstic about him as far as Dawes I’m more skeptical

  90. “Once again…Please talk about this crap some where else…No one gived a flying F about Kansas City “…”Like i said before..I dont care what anyone talks about…Isnt that the point of a blog..”Ill talk about anything in here…Im notan a hole”…..a matter of opinion….and contradiction… …

  91. Robby Bonfire on

    I got your cheap shot, Brandon Wheat King. If I want to express concern over the lack of stability of far too many franchises in this over-expanded / disgustingly watered-down for quality so-called professional sports league, I will do that and fuk the peanut gallery “insider clique” which thinks it runs the show, here.

  92. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “how many players we got under 6 feet: Dawes, Straka, Callahan, Bourret, Pyatt, Prucha(considered small), Helminen, Kveton, Zaborsky, Zeliska, and some more we drafted today.”

    oh yeah, forgot Nylander, Avery, and Hollweg they are also undersized.

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