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06-30-2012, 01:43 AM
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I think the Kuptsov move was smart on Belleville's end. In the end both teams got what they needed. Mississauga more risky due to Vasilevski's contract issues.

Kuptsov came into Majors camp looking amazing, the usual speedy, flashy Russian prospect scoring goals from any and every angle. He scored at least 2-3 goals per game. He was one of the top forwards coming out of camp. After camp it did take him time to adjust to the OHL game.

Kuptsov has good size, skating ability and hands. Kuptsov is a speedy forward with solid potential. He could very well be a 20-30 goal scorer in the league, he had many opportunities last year just couldn't capitalize. He generates a lot of offense coming down the wing through the neutral zone. His defensive game and play along the boards improved but it still needs work. Overall a good pick up and if he reports I'd expect him to have a top 6 role.

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