Looking at some of the success some kids with less talent have had recently in the NHL, if he gets and stays healthy and has the right attitude... a 90 point season is a ncie guess for him. He can be dynamite and i DO think he was a steal.
When i look at the lack of scoring depth a team like Edmonton has and they then go and pass on him twice, i think in 4 years that might be the worst single thing Lowe will have done as Oils GM.
Cherepanov can be a steal.
You might have a point with the 15th overall pick, but I don't think you'll have many people agreeing that with you that Cherry > Gagner at this point.
For the draft he was taken and the spot he was taken, I think it's a smart move. If your the Rangers and Pitts in that draft, you have to roll the dice on the guys they drafted - period end of sentence.
As for his long-term abilities, if he develops I could see him being a similar player to what a healthy Havlat would bring to the table.
Is it me or does Cherry sound like the second coming of Alexei Kovalev.
1. Both have loads of talent
2. Both make scouts wonder if they'll be able to put all their skills together to become true stars
3. Both drafted almost in the same spot (16 v 17)
4. Both are named Alexei
5. Both are Russian
I don't know if he has quite that much natural talent, though he is talented.
Personally he reminds me a lot of Martin Havlat at the same age with a lot of the same question marks.
I think his upside is similar, though hopefully he stays healthier than Martin was able to.
I agree completely. Though I don't think he has the feistiness in him that Havlat has always had. Havlat can be downright dirty at times.
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