Wouldn't suprise me if the caps have their eye on cherepanov. GMGM probably figures that gagner, voracek, maybe espisito, sutter, ellerby, etc. will go before someone takes a risk on cherepanov. Or maybe drop a little farther for backlund or eller?
No idea why LA would move down unless they think they can drop a couple of places and still get alzner or maybe cherepanov there too. Not sure what they are looking for though.
This draft is wide open. I like what I see in Alzner (tho he's a good bit older than a lot of the other guys), Gagner is intriguing...Cherapanov is a mystery. None of these guys are sure-things. But I love how Alzner carries himself on the ice. I've seen only a few videos but from what I have seen he dominates at the defensive end. And he looks more comfortable with the puck than Scott Stevens. That's not saying much but I think he'll be able to chip in with some offense.
Anyhow...I haven't seen enough of these guys to have much of an opinion. But The Caps need to make this draft count.