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11-09-2012, 09:57 AM
Oilin Toronto
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I must say that I am happy with what I'm seeing out of Yakupov. I agree that yesterday's game was his weakest of the series thus far. However, it's evident that he is the quickest and most dangerous player on the ice. Here's what I saw:

1. It seems like he is being shadowed all of the time.
2. He is clearly the quickest player on the ice. He reminds me of Bure. So fast, and ready to explode.
3. He clearly has more skill than his linemates. It was mentioned previously, and I noticed yesterday that many of his hard, crisp passes are giving his linemates difficulty. I just think he plays at a much higher level. I say several cross ice passes that simply weren't received well.
4. He seems to be frustrated at times. A good example of this is when he actually tried to deke the whole OHL team in the 3rd period yesterday, and actually almost created a scoring opportunity.

IMO he looks alot better than he did at the Canada-Russia challenge. Overall, I am very happy with what I've seen.

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