Nail Yakupov - Sarnia Sting, OHL (2012 Draft)
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10-07-2010, 01:23 PM
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Sarnia, Ontario
Below is one of my scouting reports on Yakupov as I have seen him three times this season already.
Sept 24 Sarnia vs. Windsor
RW Nail Yakupov #10 Sarnia Sting 5’-10” 170 Lbs – 2012 Eligible
Finished the night with 1 goal and a plus -1.
Absolutely pure offense…has great speed and two-step acceleration…his cuts and change of direction threw off defenders all night…possesses an absolute rocket of a shot…hug around the redline most of the night looking for breakaway passes and ventured into his own end only on occasion…has the awareness of where to be on the ice and consistently get open for his teammates…was all over the ice and dangerous on each shift…physical despite his lack of strength…was involved in a couple after whistle skirmishes…tried to lay the body a couple times and did not pick smaller opponents to do so against…attacked the net every time he had the puck…a pure finisher…high energy level.
Top five selection in 2012.
To answer the comparable question think of a Datsyuk/Kovalchuk mix type player as he has the moves and slick skill of Datsyuk along with Pavels size and strength concerns when he was younger but with less impressive vision and he has Kovalchuk’s shot with more his feistiness than both his countrymen.
He also lacks in the defensive game as he rarely comes back but instead is constantly looking for that quick strike offense by staying shallow in his own end when the play is deep in his zone and quickly evacuating to the redline when the puck changes possession.
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