Above is a picture of then-Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov, leader of the forward core and ranked No. 1 in the Rangers prospect system at the time.
Cherepanov passed away during a KHL game between the Avangard Omsk, whom he played for, and Vityav Chekhov on Oct. 13, 2008.
Though the mourning of his death is still occurring and ultimately just as strong, the Rangers have rebounded in a strong prospect core due to the play of some other young stars that are currently under development. Some of which are stationed on the next few pages.