Agent: Cherepanov will play in Omsk for two more years
Alexei Cherepanov (#7, in white)
Sergey Paremuzov-- the president of Global Sports Consulting who is also Alexei Cherepanov's Russian agent-- says, "No matter where Cherepanov is drafted, he will spend two more years in the Russian Super League with Omsk", according to an interview with Paremuzov that was posted a few hours ago by Sport Express.
Regarding Cherepanov's relationship with his Russian team, Avangard Omsk, Paremuzov said, "Of course, Alexei is going to continue his career in North America, and the president of Avangard, Constantine Potapov, completely understands this. But the contractural obligations which tie Alexei to Avangard for the next two years will undoubtedly be carried out. The agreement has already been formulated, and is not subject to revision."
About the first two teams to pick in this year's draft, Chicago and Philadelphia, Paremuzov said, "There's no reason to deny that those two teams are not the most appropriate teams for Alexei's style of play. The Coyotes and the Oilers (the next two teams to pick) are better options."
Paremuzov was then asked if he would prefer Cherepanov not be drafted first by the Blackhawks, because of the poor reputation that the team's ownership has. He replied, "Those are details that we haven't discussed with Alexei; but, if a player doesn't want to sign a contract with a team, he won't sign it. And no one can force him to. You'll recall the well-known incident with Lindros, whom Quebec eventually traded to Philadelphia. We will face these problems as they arise."