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11-14-2012, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by SOLR View Post
Main difference between Yakupov and MacKinnon is general IQ, hockey sense and character, MacKinnon simply dominates Yakupov in all three categories. Yakupov is a better scorer with better acceleration. Nobody is catching up to MacKinnon, imo, he is as solid as anyone can be at this point in the season for 1st overall. (Taylor Hall type domination)

When all is said and done, I'm really not sure Drouin will be in the top 5. He's just a bigger risk. (See Teuvo)
I would give Yakupov the edge on character. He came to Sarnia and adapted very well to the culture, style etc. MacKinnon wouldn't go to Baie Comeau who drafted him, Team Canada was less than happy with him at the U18 and he's had a few meetings with the coaching staff in Halifax. MacKinnon may have a slight edge as a playmaker with Yakupov having a better shots, both guys are shoot first type players.

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