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Name: Alexei CherepanovNew York Rangers (#17/2007 NHL Draft)

Rating: 88
Height: 185cm/6'1"
Weight: 81kg/178.2 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1989-01-15
Birthplace: Omsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2007-08 Avangard (Omsk) Away - Sold
Alexander Vasiliev back on track with Vityaz Chekhov (01/25/2009)
ADT Canada-Russia Challenge Game 2 report - Russia powers over QJMHL (11/28/2008)
HC Avangard retires Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s jersey (10/28/2008)
KHL Kicks Off: Detailed Recap of Ak Bars (Kazan) vs. Avangard (Omsk) (09/09/2008)
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12/29/2008 Steroids found in Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s system

U20 World Junior Championships -  A report released by a Russian medical body responsible for his autopsy stated that the young player had steroids in Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s system during his last game before his untimely and tragic death. The young forward was reported to have a heart condition that was incompatible with strenuous physical activity, but the steroids may have also contributed to him losing consciousness during the game against HC Vityaz and then dying shortly there after. The body did not release what steroid had been found in Cherepanov’s system, but that information will likely surface shortly.
12/24/2008 Russia 2009 WJC preview

U20 World Junior Championships -  As tradition dictates, Team Russia will be a top team because of the history and the overall talent. But this year's roster, still surely a team capable of going far, seems a little bit weaker than usual, especially after the tragic loss of the team's leader, Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers). ( article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
12/06/2008 Sudden Death - Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) article

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  The sudden, tragic death of 19-year old Avangard Omsk player Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) in October shook the world of professional hockey. Not just in Russia, which lost one of the new Continential Hockey League's most exciting young players, but in North America as well, where the New York Rangers were eagerly awaiting his arrival. And this week, a prosecutor in the Moscow region town where the young player died during a game found the kind of embarrassing lapses that will hopefully be solved before they happen again. (Moscow News article by Christopher Marcisz)
11/10/2008 NHL rebuffs Russian league request for late prospect's medical records
10/28/2008 HC Avangard retires Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s jersey
10/15/2008 Igor Larionov irate over Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s death
10/14/2008 KHL making strides, but Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s death sheds light on unfortunate shortcomings
10/14/2008 Alexei Cherepanov collapses on bench during game, dies of apparent heart attack
10/01/2008 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) shines against HC Amur
09/09/2008 KHL Kicks Off: Detailed Recap of Ak Bars (Kazan) vs. Avangard (Omsk)
08/29/2008 Russia loses game and tournament to Czech Republic
07/14/2008 New York Rangers: Russians Give Reason for Wishful Thinking
04/12/2008 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s game worn Avangard jersey added!
03/26/2008 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) to remain in Omsk for another year
03/08/2008 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s team knocked out of the playoffs
12/28/2007 Russia rolls in U20 opening game (7:4 win recap)
11/09/2007 Alexei Cherepanov scores as Russia downs Sweden 4-1
11/06/2007 U20 Team Russia's squad announced
10/27/2007 Round 15: Cherepanov shines; Detailed analysis Ak Bars vs. Avangard
10/16/2007 Player and Goalie statistics updated through today!
10/14/2007 Round 12 Scouting Report: Avangard vs. Lada
09/29/2007 Round 9: Shift-by-shift detailed scouting report on Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)
09/26/2007 Round 7: Hattrick for Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues)!
09/01/2007 Russia calls up Tulupov (New Jersey Devils), Ruslan Bashkirov (Ottawa Senators) and Tikhonov
08/30/2007 Russia loses Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) and Egor Averin to concussions
08/27/2007 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s profile updated and made public
08/26/2007 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers): It's always to be the dark horse
07/09/2007 Alexei Cherepanov: Again I have to prove who I am & what I am worth
07/02/2007 NHL scouts baffled by Russian prospect
07/02/2007 Rangers Get Cherepanov With First-Round Pick
07/02/2007 Where have the Russians gone? Draft sees only 9 Russian players selected, the lowest total since 1988
06/27/2007 Draft shocker - only 9 Russians selected in 2007
06/24/2007 Russia announces preliminary U20 roster 1972 anniversary tournament
06/23/2007 Alexey Cherepanov: I heard that some NHL teams don't like Russian hockey players too much
06/22/2007 Alexey Cherepanov lone Russian 1st rounder, taken by Rangers
04/15/2007 Team Russia defeats Team Germany 3:1 (Box Scores)
04/06/2007 Russia's U18 roster announced - Cherepanov leads the way
03/22/2007 Quarterfinals - 2: Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers) lights it up again
03/15/2007 Forward Alexey Cherepanov (2007 NHL Draft) misses game due to injury
03/13/2007 Playoffs - Round 16:- Anisimov (New York Rangers) leads HC Lokomotiv
03/12/2007 Playoffs - Round 16 - Alexey Cherepanov scores for HC Avangard
02/07/2007 Round 48 - Lemtyugov (St. Louis Blues) leads Severstal with two goals
01/23/2007 Round 43 - Kulemin (Toronto) nets a hattrick!
01/16/2007 Round 41 - Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) heating up
01/05/2007 Alexei Cherepanov: The fortune teller told me I will score the game winning goal.
12/25/2006 U20 Russian squad’s lineup related notes
Scouting Evaluations:
ADT Canada-Russia Challenge Game 2 report - Russia powers over QJMHL
Bronze Medal Game: Russia crashes USA and grabs the third place
Bronze Medal Game: Russia crashes USA and grabs the third place
2008 WJC semifinals: Russia surrenders to Sweden
2008 WJC semifinals: Russia surrenders to Sweden
Russia tops Czech Republic and gets into the semi-finals
Russia tops Czech Republic and gets into the semi-finals
2008 WJC: Russia tops Swiss in an opaque performance with a thrilling final
Russian Superleague Round 15. Avangard Omsk vs Ak Bars
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis
Round 9: Shift-by-shift Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) scouting
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #1
Rank 2: #1
Rank 3: #1
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1 (International Competition): a solid skater with a fluid stride...above-average change of pace and top-end speed...adequate balance...a smooth puck handler who shows a tendency to play a cherry-picking style... corrals difficult passes without noticeable problems...possesses an ability to handle the puck at top velocity...tends to fire the puck rather pass it but doesn't have the nifty finishing skills to be a strong finisher...possesses an above-average array of shots...unleashes a quick wrist shot...fires solid slap shots, but he uses primarily the wrist shot or the snap shot over the shots well...average creativity and playmaking skills...tends to be greedy with the puck...only adequate vision and hockey sense...sub-par awareness of his linemates...a limited factor when playing off the puck...not overly committed to the defensive side of his showing...frequently hesitates to return back to help out the defense after losing possession of the puck...could use more toughness and aggresiveness...isn't an effective force along the boards...needs to show more persistence around the goal area.
Scout 2 (Super League Scouting Report) Possesses an impressive top speed...primarily plays with his stick and not with his body...average height and size...sees the ice well...not as effective in traffic and does not yet have the strength to play well next to the boards...capable finisher and seems to be at the right place at the right time in front of the net to finish the goal...uses his linemates well and likes to pass the puck...needs to boost his level of effort in the defensive zone...plays well with his veteran linemates Popov and Kuryanov, which is a large reason for his success and quick development.
Back In Russia:
Beginning – 2004: Alexei Cherepanov was born in Barnaul, Russia and started playing in the local hockey club’s school.  Seeing his potential, the Avangard school’s coaching staff invited the young forward to move to Omsk and he spent the majority of his young career in that Super League club’s system.  2004-05: The young forward dominated junior competition throughout his career and got his first taste of playing against older players during the 2004-05 season, when he joined Avangard’s junior farm team after ripping apart the competition in his own age group and recording 86 points (46+40) in just 27 games! There he competed against players some of whom were in their early 20s, taking the next logical step in his career.  This was also the year that he found the spotlight on the Russian 89 born national team, quickly becoming a leader and a top scorer on the squad.  2005-06: Cherepanov spent the 2005-06 season with Super League club’s junior farm team, Omsk Hawks.   He was  also active on the Russian U17 squad and was consistently one of the team’s top performers.  2006-07: This was really the year that Cherepanov broke onto the scene in a big way, as Ovechkin broke onto the scene as a 17 year old with HC Dynamo a few years earlier.   Cherepanov made the Super League squad right from training camp and quickly found a solid support group in his experienced partners Anton Kuryanov and Alexander Popo.   He mostly played with these two linemates on Avangard’s third line and quickly became a force to be dealt with in the Super League and eventually finishing the season with 18 goals in 46 games.  He represented Russia at both the U18 and the U20 World Championships, though his biggest impact was clearly at the U20 tournament, where he led Russia in goals and helped the team earn the silver medals when little was expected from the squad.   At the U18 World Championships the young prospect did not deliver an Ovechkin like dominant performance, but still impressed enough, though did not deliver a passionate performance that was expected from him.  Cherepanov remained in Russia for the 2007-08 season with Avangard Omsk. 
NHL Outlook:
The New York Rangers drafted Alexei Cherepanov with the 17th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.  The young prospect  was widely expected to be selected earlier in the draft order, but a  number of teams passed on him because of concerns with bringing the young prospect over to North America and also because of some questions regarding the consistency of his work ethic.   Still, the New York Rangers were reportedly ecstatic to pick up the young player, and reportedly unsuccessfully tried to trade up in the draft twice to get him earlier.  Glen Sather went to Russia several times to watch the Cherepanov personally.   Overall, the Rangers got a young prospect who has the potential to be a difference maker in the NHL and a top line scorer.   The decision to remain in Russia for the 2007-08 season was a smart one for his development, as Cherepanov will get significant ice time with Avangard, U20 Team Russia and likely the main Russian national team.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Avangard (Omsk) KHL (Reg.)15 8 5 13 6 2
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) Canada Russia Super Series (Intl.)2 0 0 0 0 -1
2007-08 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)4 2 1 3 0 2
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 2 1 3 6 -
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) U20 World Junior Championships (Reg.)6 3 3 6 2 +3
2007-08 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)46 15 12 27 12 5
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) 5 Nations Tourn. (Czech) (Intl.)4 2 2 4 2 +3
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) U18 WJC (Intl.)7 5 3 8 6 0
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) Intl. Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 1 2 4 +1
2006-07 HC Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)10 3 5 8 0 1
2006-07 HC Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)45 18 11 29 43 14
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 5 3 8 2 +2
2005-06 Avangard Omsk 89 Jr. League (Finals)7 10 4 14 8 -
2005-06 Team Russia 89 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 4 1 5 0 +4
2005-06 Team Ural 89 Regional Jr. 89 (Intl.)5 8 6 14 4 -
2005-06 Team Russia 89 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 3 2 5 2 +3
2005-06 Omsk Hawks 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)5 2 0 2 2 -
2005-06 Avangard Omsk 89 Jr. League 89 (Reg.)27 46 40 86 73 -
2004-05 Team Russia 89 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 2 1 3 10 +1
2003-04 Team Ural 89 Regional Jr. (Intl.)4 3 3 6 0 -
2003-04 Avangard Omsk 89 Jr. League (Finals)6 3 1 4 2 -
2003-04 Team Siberia 89 Regional Jr. 5 7 5 12 20 -
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