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06-30-2012, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Fly Boy View Post
That's the only reason I see all the hoop-la about him. Teams are in the mindset that they are getting a free pick and I don't blame them for that. I cannot image how hectic this would be if a player of Yakupov's caliber was available. However if he had signed with the Ducks he would have just been another good prospect and no one would give him another thought. Personally I think Brendan Smith is much, much better than Schultz.
He wants to play too -- the games played bonuses are easiest to reach, so he's going to go to a team that can guarantee playing time in the NHL. That to me screams Edmonton who desperately need a PP puck mover and some offense off the back end and can basically plug him right in right now. There are others of course, but that could be a great fit for both.

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