Steal for the Rangers

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It appears the Rangers may have received the break of the draft when the 16 teams ahead of them passed on forward Alexei Cherapanov, who was the highest rated European forward in the draft, but who had tumbled through the first round.

There are questions about his work ethic and the difficulty the Rangers may have in bringing him to New York from Russia. But the Rangers European-heavy dressing room would make for an easy adjustment for Cherapanov, particularly given Jaromir Jagr had played for the same Omsk team during the lockout.

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  1. This kid is an elite talent, which the Rangers really needed in their system. He says he’s not coming over this year, but frankly, nobody in this draft is expected to step in and play right away, so we were goinjg to wait at least a year. Might as well wait for a superstar.

  2. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    Cherepanov looks and sounds immature, his lower body looks weak on the videos, he doesn’t look like the type that will play physical and work hard.

  3. Ivana – You know nothing.

    This is great — a risk with a potentially huge upside. Kudos to the Rangers management for going for it.

  4. I’m glad we got the chance to steal him at of all slots 17th. Above all I’m just happy someone took him, if he slipped any futher Pierre McGuire’s head was gonna blow straight off his neck.

  5. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    I don’t like how Cherepanov skates with his knees together, he does not have a powerful stride.

  6. Ivana- We are talking about a steal much like Brady Quinn going 22 except greater because no one needed a quarter back. The fact that he was supposed to go 4th and fell to 17 should tell you this is a steal. Every single player draft has a weakness. Patrick Kane is a freaking midget

  7. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    lol modelled his game after Jed Ortmeyer, does that involve dipping hands in cement before every game?

  8. Ivana- What is your problem? I dont understand why you are being so negative. There is no need for it. We got a steal and it kinda seems like your a fan of the Icelanders and you are mighty jealous. So go be an idiot somewhere else

  9. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “Ivana- We are talking about a steal much like Brady Quinn going 22 except greater because no one needed a quarter back. The fact that he was supposed to go 4th and fell to 17 should tell you this is a steal. Every single player draft has a weakness. Patrick Kane is a freaking midget”

    yeah, but I would feel a lot better with Esposito, but still it is pretty good, his stats are impressive, but the bust factor is very high

  10. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “Ivana- What is your problem? I dont understand why you are being so negative. There is no need for it. We got a steal and it kinda seems like your a fan of the Icelanders and you are mighty jealous. So go be an idiot somewhere else”

    No it was MAX PACIORETTY that models his game after Jed Ortmeyer.

  11. We almost traded to 3rd to get a guy that we got 17th. That should sum it up for you and if you dont like it, at least we didnt spend our other picks or Al Montoya on him

  12. Ivana – what the hell are you trying to say about Ortie? He’s an amazing player and has really helped the Rangers. His playing style is what they try to teach those in the USHL who are trying to go into the NHL.

  13. Hey, let’s lay off Pacioretty, he’s from my hometown and a good kid. There are far worse role models than a guy who’s willing to sacrifice his own physical well-being every night and leaves it all out there every night.

  14. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    yeah, but our scouts are among the worst and 16 teams passed on Cherepanov for a reason other than the lack of agreement

  15. If you are a hockey player, emulating Jed Ortmeyer is not a bad thing at all. The guy leaves everything hes got out there on the ice. He hustles like no one else does and would be the first one to jump in front of a 100mph slapshot. Despite not having the greatest ability, he has made it further than more talented players on hustle alone

  16. Peter – have you been following on the other 2 New Canaan players for the draft??? I’m from stamford and i grew up watching them for awhile. do you think jack downing is going to make the draft?

  17. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    “If our scouts are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad, how did they pull Henrik Lundqvist our of the 7th round?”

    if they thought so highly of him they would have picked him in the top 3 rounds

  18. Well obviously Ivana, Henrik is thought of so highly. He won gold for Sweden and was nominated twice for the Vezina award. He even helped bring the Rangers to playoffs for the second time since 1997.

  19. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    CML, shut up, learn some logic and English.

    Brett MacLean and Mayorov are still there make the damn trade already

  20. poor ivana. her islanders have no picks so shes bored. now she will watch smyth and blake walk away. id be bitchy too

  21. Wow, you’ve got a nasty chip on your shoulder. Just because the scouts didn’t get your way doesn’t mean you should throw a hissy-fit. Logic? You shouldn’t be talking about logic. You sure don’t understand the “logic” of our scouts, so stop bitching.

  22. Hey Ivana-

    The Islanders are looking for a good few fans so why not head over there and let them listed to you spew rhetoric and bs.

  23. Pos: Right Wing
    Shoots: L
    Height: 6’0�
    Weight: 183 lbs.
    Born: 1/15/1989
    From: Barnaul, RUS
    Team: Omsk (RUS)
    RANKINGS
    TSN: 5
    CSB: 1 E
    ISS: 4
    RLR: 11
    McK: 6
    THN: 5
    2006-2007 Omsk (RUS) 46GP 18G 11A 29Pts 45Pim

    The TSN Insider’s Forecast: Aside from Pat Kane, no draft eligible player played the game at as high a level this season as Russian forward Alexei Cherepanov. He set a goal scoring record for an 18-year old in the Russian SuperLeague and, next to Kane, he was regarded as the most dynamic presence at the World Junior Championship. But he has two considerable knocks against him. One of them he has no control over. He’s a Russian. And in the absence of a transfer agreement between the Russian federation and the NHL, many NHL teams will be hesitant if not completely opposed to taking a Russian prospect, especially in the first five or six picks of the draft. But make no mistake, his talent level is consistent with a No. 1 to No. 5 pick. The other criticism, though, is that for as highly skilled and talented Cherepanov is, he is tremendously inconsistent, maddeningly frustrating and a player who only turns it on when he feels like it. “Talented but temperamental,� one scout said. “He’s either the best player on the ice or he’s not even there. There’s no in between. When the effort is there, he can dominate and score goals like no one else in the draft. When the effort isn’t there, you feel like giving him a shake.� If teams in the top five pass him over, there is no telling what’s to become of him in this draft. At some point, though, transfer agreement or not, someone has to step up on a player this talented.

    From NHL Central Scouting: An offensive winger with great acceleration and a nose for the net. Has a quick release and can shoot at top speed. Has good puckhandling and makes good decisions with the puck. Works hard at both ends of the ice. Doesn’t shy away from being hit, but needs to add a physical presence to his game and improve his consistency from game to game. Named the Top Forward at the 2007 World Junior Championships where he helped lead Team Russia to a silver medal he led all scorers with eight points (5-3-8) and was also selected to the Tournament All-Star Team. Broke Pavel Bure’s record for goals by a rookie in the Russian Elite League.

    From ISS: Alexei is a very talented player right, something that is obvious the moment you see him. His dynamic skating, vision, knack for scoring and great speed shows that he will be able to be make a big impact when he goes to an NHL training camp.

  24. “trade Malik to phoenix for their early 2nd rounder”

    Maybe you are a ranger fan after all ;)

  25. Its hard to say if this is a bad draft class, though there is clearly no Nash, Ovechkin or Crosby. To get a high upside guy to add to the prospect inventory is a good risk for NYR. This team is not going to have a lot of open slots over the next couple of years assuming Nylander and the RFAs get signed.
    I wonder w/ Toskala going to the Leafs, can the Rangers put together a package headlined by Montoya to the Sharks for Marleau.

  26. CML –

    Tough to say. I haven’t seen the other guys play. Jack Downing’s stock took a hit because of injuries and of all things sports-induced asthma this year, so he’s ranked at 114 or so. He may go in the later rounds but doesn’t neceaarily strike me as a sleeper pick. Again that’s just from reading up on the guy. McKenzie will go in the third round or so. Taft really is the place to go if you can play around here.

  27. Ivana Kachanatsov on

    sadly I just looked at Omsk stats and they were loaded with scorers last season, so Cherepanov indeed might not be as good as his stats.

  28. I hope Jack Downing gets drafted. He’s had a bad season because of his injury; but he is tough, and who doesn’t love a fighter? Remember that he got hurt in the USHL annual Jamboree (where the best of the best come to play each other, so we know he is good to even get there). He’s one of only 5 Tier A, USHL players (like Petreki and Pacioretty). He’s got soft hands and is fast. He still needs some time to mature more, but what player in this draft doesn’t? Jack even has already been practicing with his Vermont U. team, which will do him well in maturing. He is hardworking and and it would be amazing so see another player from CT be drafted.

  29. “Ivana Kachanatsov June 22nd, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    yeah, but our scouts are among the worst and 16 teams passed on Cherepanov for a reason other than the lack of agreement”

    This has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read here as a comment.

    My goodness.

    You’re obviously not a Rangers fan. Pretty clear here that you have an agenda.

  30. longtimesufferingrangerfan on

    C’mon everyone…you gotta know who Ivana Kachanatsov is, right?

  31. 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.

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

    Goodnight, excited about tomorrow

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