Monday, March 12, 2007

Cherepanov sets rookie record

Russian prospect Alexei Cherepanov scored his 18th goal in Russian Super League play last week, breaking the rookie record held by Pavel Bure. While Cherepanov is on the Flyers' radar, he's not their top choice for the draft.
An interesting tidbit of information that the last-place Flyers aren't interested in the young Russian phenom, who has racked up some mighty impressive accolades as a draft-eligible youngster playing in Russia's top professional league.



At 9:26 a.m., March 12, 2007, Blogger Brushback said...

There's someone on YouTube who's been posting video replays of most of Cherepanov's goals and assists since the beginning of the season, if anyone wants to search for them.

Anyway, I thought this item in the same Philadelphia Inquirer article was fairly interesting:

When Alexei Zhitnik was briefly a Flyer, he mentioned his distrust of Russian journalists. "I don't always trust Russian reporters," he said. "You say one thing and then read the paper, and it's different."

At 9:34 a.m., March 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is that different from Canadian reporters?? just kidding James

At 10:39 a.m., March 12, 2007, Blogger rob said...

"he's not their top choice for the draft"

interesting (annoying) that there was no follow-up or clarification to that throw-away statement in the article. So the obvious joke is that there must be a slow-moving 230-lb defenceman we're unaware of that they're looking at...

then who? I can't see how little Patrick Kane would fit into their vision. I haven't seen Esposito play yet, but the inconsistent reports have to be scaring teams away from risking a #1 on him. thoughts?

At 10:47 a.m., March 12, 2007, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Given how good the Flyers drafting record is over the past few years, I wouldn't go blasting them for that. Sure, the SIGN slow over-the-hill defensemen to big contracts, but the Flyers certainly draft skill quite well.

At 2:09 a.m., March 13, 2007, Anonymous Eric said...

There's been talk that the Flyers and Holmgren especially are very high on Kyle Turris, Rob. Whether he turns out to be their guy, we'll find out on draft day, but it would certainly be fascinating seeing someone playing in the BCHL taken 1st overall.

As for Espo, I doubt there's a single team in the league, if they had the first overall pick, that would take him. It's getting to the point where there's actually a slight chance he won't be taken in the top ten.

At 1:53 p.m., March 13, 2007, Blogger rob said...

Thanks Eric. A quote from McKeen's:

"He's got everything, he's just a little weak," said one western conference scout. "The guy's a projection, but he has tremendous upside. I think he has the most upside of any player in the draft. He's a pretty talented kid."

I'm finding that I'm most interested in the case of Esposito, and to see if he really will fall out of the top 5...or 10. Friends whom I trust very much saw him play this winter and were/are flat-out adamant that he should not be a top-10 pick, even in a so-so draft year.

Gare Joyce's line back in January first gave me pause:

"... it's funny talking to scouts about Angelo Esposito ... it seems like everyone who has seen him wasn't blown away in Rempart games that they caught but heard he was good in the next game after they left ..."


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