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11-15-2012, 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by malkinfan View Post
Okay but Yak gets good ice time on a middle ground to poor KHL team on the big ice... Why is he the benchmark for Russian hockey in North America all of a sudden...
I think we've established this, he is no where near the game breaker that zhenya Kuznetsov, or Vlad Tarasenko is, he has skills but not in a way to break the game open like these guys have the ability to. If you think otherwise, please prove it with meaningfull stats.
He is no slouch either. I think you may be overhyping Tarasenko and Kuznetsov. In their KHL season in the year following the draft they had 9 & 17 goals respectively in 40+ games. Yakupov has 10 in 13 games and it doesn't look like he is on a very good team. Those stats would indicate to me that he is some kind of game breaker. He doesn't have the international pedigree of the other two, but he's still young.

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