Thread: Speculation: Yakupov Sliding?
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06-22-2012, 01:37 PM
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Columbus is going to pass on the consensus top player in the draft because of bad experiences with a #4 and #7 pick from the past (Zherdev is only a half bust, IMO, he did break 50 points three times in six seasons, two of which he played less than 60 games in). There's a reason this franchise is as bad as it is. I'm not comparing Yakupov to Ovie/Malkin, but would CBJ have passed on them under similar circumstances, because they're Russian? Neither Zherdev nor Filatov played NA Juniors. Yakupov has already been here. This is a very stupid decision if true.

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