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11-09-2012, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by CupofOil View Post
Yakupov has been pretty awful and that's mostly on him.
He can't handle the puck, is making bad reads on passes, is trying too hard to skate through defenders and has done nothing defensively but cherry pick looking for a break the other way. It doesn't really mean much long term but lets call a spade a spade, he's having a subpar tournament.

Zharkov was actually more impressive yesterday. He was pretty relentless on the puck and showed off some nice skills.
The entire Russian team has not been very impressive, with the exception of the first Q game. Yak gets completely smothered by opposing teams' players as soon as he gets the puck but, when he's open, his teammates can never get him the puck. The Russian PP is also an example of that. It's mostly just guys trying to do something themselves and sometimes it works but most of the time it doesn't. They don't play a very team-oriented game compared to Canada. Shame because they have so much talent.

Originally Posted by Draw me an Elephant View Post
When you have a team like Russia that doesn't play with a lot of structure and relies a lot on long passes and individual play, then combine it with an opposition that it making a concerted team effort to shut down one particular player, it isn't surprising at all that the guy isn't having much success.
Agree with this.

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