With good puckhandling and good decision making, Alexei Cherepanov is an offensive forward with great acceleration and a nose for the net. He has a quick release and can shoot the puck at top speed. Cherepanov broke Pavel Bure's rookie record with 18 goals in the Russian league in 2006-07 and was named Top forward at the World Junior Championship.
I had one really not-good game. I came back to the hotel and he [his father] was on Skype. My mother called first and said, 'Your father wants to talk to you.' So he moved my mother away, and he yelled at me for like 30 seconds. I understood him, and then he said, 'I'm done.' And he was gone. The next game I got my first shutout.
— Anton Khudobin recalls a fond memory, explains why he was so sharp in the Hurricanes' 3-0 win against the Capitals on Friday