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11-14-2012, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by CupofOil View Post
Look, we all love Yakupov and he will be a stud but lets put away the Oiler colored glasses and look at this objectively. He has been neutralized for the most part and has been underwhelming when considering his pedigree.
I remember when Esa Tikkanen used to neutralize Wayne Gretzky. If you can focus your entire team defense on stopping one player and his linemates can't take advantage of the extra space they are afforded you will stop him.

Sidney Crosby could be lining up between Yakupon's linemates and they'd do a good job of containing him too.

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