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11-14-2012, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by topchowda View Post
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
It just seemed like his heart wasn't into it. He wasn't playing with his usual aggression and was avoiding physicality a lot which is unusual for him. I thought he played passively in the previous 4 games as well which weren't against the top WHL defense.
He did make some nice passes which were generally mishandled but by and large he was off and visibly frustrated.
I'm sure that Yak himself would say that he is disappointed in his play

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