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11-10-2012, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Grod View Post
How about he plays with a player that can either see him or even solidly attempt to reach him on a stretch or breakout pass so he didn't have to go back and retrieve it then dump it off to one of his teammates during or while initiating the breakout. Kapustin is awful.
To be fair, Yakupov was centered by Grigorenko at Junior Summit Series and now by Khokhlachev. Both these guys are really good players; yet guys Yakupov couldn't mesh with. At some point the responsibility should be on Yakupov.
Despite being shadowed, and regardless of linemates, I'd like to see him (at least once) put on a Tarasenko or Kuznetsov performance at this level. He certainly has the talent to do so. But for some reason he hasn't been able to carry a team on his back while being the 'go to guy' yet.

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