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11-12-2012, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by YakuBOT View Post
He said he wasn't really impressed with Yak and then went one step further and stated that Yak wasn't on the level of RNH and Hall.
I've heard analysts and scouts saying this since before Yakupov was drafted. I use to believe it having only watched Yakupov play a few times. Now, I'm not so sure. At the very least he has closed the gap between himself and Hall and RNH. I don't think he's as fast or as strong as Hall; but his shot is absolutely elite level, and not just in power but in accuracy as well. He is more of a sniper and reminds me a bit of Danny Heatley in that regard, only faster and more dogged on the puck. It'll be interesting to see a guy who can beat goalies clean from the ringette line being set up by RNH, Eberle, or Hemsky.

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