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.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic