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10-28-2012, 06:18 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Calgary, Alta.
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I don't care that Yakupov hasn't played a game in the NHL. There's no risk with a can't miss prospect. Who was the last 1st overall, star forward, who didn't turn out to be an NHL All-star. Yakupov broke Stamkos' goal scoring record in Sarnia, and has 8 goals and 10 ponits in 11 KHL games right now, as a teenager playing against men in arguably the best active pro league in the world right now. Dont give me the argument that he isn't worth anything because he hasn't played an NHL game. Neither has Nathan Mackinnon, but I bet you value that 1st overall pick pretty highly right now.
You're putting down and passing on Yak because all he is is potential right now. But so is Bogosian. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Bogo (I even have his jersey), but this was the first year in his 4 year career that he started to show what he could become. I think Yakupov and Bogosian are pretty close in value.
As for Sutter, I hope he turns into something one day, but right now he's got 3 points and is a -10 in 14 WHL games. Where are you getting a future Ryan Kesler from that? I like him, but his ceiling would probably be a 3rd line centre. Not exactly a deal breaker.
But that doesn't mean that you trade the future of your Defense for him.
The NHL is also a lot more physical then the K is, where as that is a more skill based. So really you have no idea if his skill transfers or not.
Don't get me wrong, I'd like to have Yak, but I'd be unwilling to gut the team of its best Defenseman and then one if its good prospects to get him. It's not like he's Sidney Crosby or something.
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