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12-29-2010, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Hot Fuss View Post
He's top 4, for sure. I still think Nail Yakupov is the top of the class. He's just a great hockey player. Can score in bunches and has a nice physical game as well. Kind of like a more physical and complete Patrick Kane.

Grigorenko, Ebert, Galchenyuk, and Frk can round out a very solid top 5.
I agree with you on Yakupov, as he is lights out. But the main reason why I feel Ebert could go #1 is; do you really think a team will draft a Russian #1 overall again?

Yes Yakupov is playing in North America, yes he has all world skills and those with similar skills want to be in the NHL, but I am still hesitant to say a Russian will go #1 overall again until I see it.

Galchenyuk is a different story as he was born in the US and could represent the US next year which makes him more attractive to gm's as a player that will never bolt to Russia...

On talent alone Yakupov is #1, but Ebert is right there imo....but other factors can play into this come June 2012.

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