The draft pick, the 17th in the second round of the 2009 Entry Draft, was awarded at this week's General Manager's meetings in Naples, Fla. Rangers GM Glen Sather made a presentation at the meetings requesting a compensatory selection.
The Rangers selected Cherepanov with the 17th pick of the 2007 Entry Draft. He had been playing in Russia's Continental Hockey League when he suffered heart failure and collapsed on the bench during an Oct. 13 game. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was only 19.
It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.
— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players