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Author: Alessandro Seren Rosso (RussianProspects.com)Date: 09/29/2007
Round 9: Shift-by-shift Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) scouting

2008 Super League

Alexei Cherepanov while skating for Russia's national team (Photo Source: HC Avangard Press)

Russian Superleague, Round 9: Shift-by-shift with Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)

Russianprospects' in depth scouting returns back to the Magnitogorsk Arena, this time to follow the game of another highly touted prospect, first rounder wing Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers). The New York Rangers prospect is used by head coach Belousov on Avangard's second line on the right wing, with Anton Kuryanov at center and Alexander Popov at left wing. Alexei is back on ice after his concussion suffered during the second game of the Super Series and he is still yet to get his best shape.

Shift#1 - 2'11" - 3'02"
Passes: 1/1
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways:
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: In his first shift of the game, Cherepanov tried to make something happen by a quick, spectacular end-to-end rush past a couple of opponents without getting into a good position for a shot. He then tried feeding the puck to Kuryanov back on the blue line but his team mate couldn't do anything either and his team lost the puck. His line struggled a bit against the opponent's first unit composed of Kudrna, Marek and Kulemin.

Shift#2 - 5'25" - 6'20"
Passes: 1/1
Key passes: 1
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots:
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Once again his line was on the ice facing Metallurg's first unit and once again they spent most of the shift in the defensive zone. Alexei got the puck once behind the net and made a good pass back to the blue line for the left defender who got a shot off that was saved by Mezin. He looked a bit passive on defense, Cherepanov was also met by Seluyanov near the blue line, who was quicker and got to the puck first.

*GAME NOTE* - 6'37": Metallurg got a great scoring chance. Alexei Kaigorodov (Phoenix Coyotes) rushes the puck down the middle and passed the puck to Evgeni Gladskikh, but the shot was miraculously saved by Maxim Sokolov.

Shift#3 - 9'04" - 10'13"
Passes 2/2
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover:
Takeaways 1
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Alexei and his line mates found a hard time again against their usual opponents. Their team didn't do much in the offensive side of the rink because of the great work by defensemen Evgeni Varlamov and Vitaliy Atyushov (Ottawa Senators). Cherepanov did get the puck once at the boards and passed it to Kuryanov but then they went offside, thus ending the shift. †Avangard's second line must find a way to counteract the opponent's first line dominance because they are not doing anything at all. In Alexei's defense one could say that so far he hasnít had the chances to shine and to display his undeniable talent.

Shift#4 - 13'07" - 13'50"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Aleksei can't do much here. His line spent this shift in the defensive third for the entire time and our man didn't literally touch the puck once.

Shift#5 - 16'43" - 17'40"
Passes: 2/2
Key passes:
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: At first he had a turnover, but when Avangard recovered the puck he managed to play a good shift in the offensive zone, feeding the puck to Kuryanov and playing well behind the net, outplaying Rinat Ibragimov and Evgeny Fedorov (Los Angeles Kings). Unfortunately his line couldn't convert on their first nice effort of the game.

First period summary: Cherepanov didn't play an exceptional first period, but not a bad one either. He hadn't too much ice time as Belousov preferred to ice his lines almost equally. Additionally, Alexei doesn't get much opportunity to play on the penalty kill, cutting down his possible ice time. Metallurg dominated the opponents for the first fifteen minutes, then the game evened out. The home team has however outshot Avangard 13-4. Alexei must improve his presence on the ice to be more effective during the second and third period, but he did play well each time he touched the puck.

*GAME NOTE*: 0'25": Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) shoots from close range after a good pass by Jan Marek. But another great save again by Sokolov on Toronto's prospect.

Shift#6 - 1'18" - 2'12"
Passes: 1/1
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Cherepanov wasn't too involved in his line's game for this shift. In the offensive zone Kuryanov ignored him despite his good positioning. They then lost the puck and defensively, Cherepanov was more committed than during the first period, playing deeper in his zone. He did then make a good first pass to Popov but that lead to nothing.

*GAME NOTE*: 5'30": Metallurg is extremely dangerous again and Sokolov has to make another miracle to reject Gusmanov's shot that came after another couple of attempts by the home team. He then managed to poke check the puck away.

Shift#7 - 5'27" - 6'30"
Passes: 0/1
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: 1
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Good shift by Cherepanov. At first he misses a pass to Kuryanov that costs the team the possession, but then Avangard gets the puck back and Alexei skates past the blue line towards the center and shoots just wide of the net. After his attempt he gets outskated by Glovatskiy and Metallurg gets the puck back without Cherepanovís Avangard scoring. Then they conclude the shift with Igor Korolev clearing the puck beyond the glass for a delay of game penalty.

Shift#8 - 11'40" - 13'01"
Passes: - 1/2
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: 1
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: A long shift, during which Cherepanov wasn't very effective. He started quite well by picking up a loose puck and launching into the offensive zone, but then he touched it only once more, wasting an opportunity with a bad pass attempt. †I guess shifts like this are what made Alexei drop a bit in this spring's draft. He has to get more involved in the game sometimes, even if we still have to remember that he is just came back from injury. Once again the second unit has suffered against opponent's first line.

Shift#9 - 14'14" - 15'36"
Passes: 1/3
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Another long shift, spent mostly on the powerplay. Cherepanov worked hard this time, maybe to compensate for his effort in the previous shift. He had a good idea trying to set up Kuryanov from behind the net, but he missed the pass. Then he tried again setting up his linemates without much success, but he clearly had some very good ideas. He might not be that successful in this shift, but he always made the right decision with the puck. He even tried to defend once the penalty was over and he was more useful than usual, but also probably a little bit tired.

Shift#10 - 18'24" - 18'59"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: He was hit by a puck in the face and was consequently forced to the bench. Belousov replaced him in second line with Evgeny Artyukhin (Tampa Bay Lightning).

Second period summary: Alexei is struggling in this game. He isn't very involved in the game and was forced to go to the bench. He only had one shot in the entire game, not sufficient for a player of his calibre. Let's see how he does in the third period.

*GAME NOTE*: 42'01" Goal for Metallurg! After a superb feed by Kaigorodov, on a powerplay, Atyushov after some nice stickhandling backhands the puck in. Great goal by Metallurg.

Shift#11 - 4'32" - 5'14"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Alexei gets back in action after six ineffective minutes. He starts with a turnover as he overplayed the puck. Then he was out of position on defense and because of it Avangard risked a bit, but Mikhail Lyubushin (Los Angeles Kings) intervened and rescued the team. Bad shift but he just got back on ice after the second period incident.

*GAME NOTE*: 7'20": Kaigorodov has a good chance in front of the goalie but his shot is well saved by Sokolov by extending the left pad.

Shift#12 - 7'25" - 8'40"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Cherepanov tried breaking into the offensive zone with the puck on the stick but Kudrna stole it. Once again he overhandled the puck and his line has struggled against opponents' top unit. Another bad shift, but all his team is playing a poor game.

*GAME NOTE*: 9'50": Kalyuzhny feeds nicely Pavel Rosa past the defenders, the Czech tries tricking Mezin out but can't put it in the net.

Shift#13 - 10'06" - 10'50"
Passes: 1/1
Key passes:
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: 2
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: This time Cherepanov is successful in breaking in the offensive zone but a bit later Kuryanov lost the puck. Better shift than the precedent twos but still not the best. Quite passive on defense.

Shift#14 - 12'53" - 13'38"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Shift spent almost entirely in the defensive zone, as his line faced the opponents' best unit. He tried several times to skate forward and to get a long pass without any luck. His defensive play is still too passive.

Shift#15 - 15'03" - 15'55"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Avangard's second line is iced more often now by Belousov, since he is desperately searching for the tie. But again they spent most of the shift on the defensive third, after Popov's attempt to crash the net. Alexei didn't even touch puck.

*GAME NOTE*: 17'30": Kudrna dives to the ice anticipating the defenseman and thus serving Marek. The Czech gets in front of Sokolov and tries to beat him but the veteran goaltender makes an extraordinary glove save and keeps Avangard in game as they are still one goal down only.

Shift#16 - 17'39" - 18'20"
Passes: - 1/2
Key passes:
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Alexei exchanged the puck with Kuryanov in the neutral zone and then he tried setting up in the offensive third but missing the puck and thus causing a turnover that lead to a Metallurg scoring chance. Once again he had the right idea by taking the puck and bringing it deep attempting a pass towards the net, but he couldn't make it.

Third period summary: Cherepanov played a bad third period. All his team has played bad, though. He was iced often by Belousov, showing that his coach does trust him, but he couldn't match the high expectations. Also, the puck he got in the face surely didnít help him, considering that he still is not in his best shape, trying to recovering from his mild concussion that hospitalized him for several days.

Game summary: Alexei has not played his best hockey, almost never being dangerous. He only attempted one shot, putting the puck wide of the net. He didnít make many goo passes either.† In addition, he looked too passive on defense. On the bright side we can consider his stickhandling and, on some occasions, his decision making.

Cherepanov's game in numbers
Time on ice: 14'14" in 16 shifts (average shift length 53.38 seconds)
Passes: 11/16
Key passes: 1
Hits: -
Turnovers: 6
Takeaways: 1
Penalties: -
Shoots: 1
Shoots breakdown: 1 wide
Assist: 0
Goals: 0

Grade: C+
In this game, he didn't really looked the gifted winger that brought Russia to under 18 triumph this past spring. He looked out of shape, a bit tired and also a bit outside of the game. Also his six turnovers aren't something to be proud about. We have to however consider the circumstances. First, he is still recovering from an injury that kept him out of the ice for twenty days. Second, his entire team looked quite bad, even veteran players like Kalyuzhniy's or Rosa's. Third, he displayed some flashes of technique and decision making, especially in the first half of the game.


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