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11-15-2012, 12:50 AM
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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.
Not giving Yakupov excuses, but from watching the game and reoccuring theme was seeing Yakupov make a pass from inside his blue line to Sagorov (sp) then the puck would be fumbled around and dumped in and the WHL defense would break it out. Yakupov was rarely hit with a break out pass in stride or was able to enter the zone when his team had possesion of the puck. He was also used completely wrong on the PP, thus limiting his ability to score

Yakupov was also not a liability and played decent positional place in the offensive zone and made good passes in all 3 zones but not spectular break away passes or through the legs deke. He played an above average game considering the strength of WHL defense players but considering hes a first overall pick, his play was underwhelming

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