Thread: Prospect Info: Tell me about Nail Yakupov
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04-11-2012, 11:46 AM
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Yakupov is just a different kind of player than any we've seen in an Oilers jersey since, perhaps, the 1980s. He doesn't spend a lot of time screwing around the offensive zone because he doesn't have to. This isn't RNH or Eberle on one of their extended possession sequences; Yaki attacks the net with a kind of efficiency only a Stamkos or Ovechkin does. He's very vocal in demanding the puck, and if he can't drill a shot home from feet inside the blueline, he'll post himself up in the high slot for his cannon of a one-timer.

In today's pro/major junior game- what with the pad sizes, speed, and training- Yakupov is one of those rare players that can just waltz into the zone and casually snap off a wrister as if it's no big deal... and he'll score.

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