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11-15-2012, 03:10 AM
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I honesty think Yakupov is a guy who will not only score but also make his teammates better as well. He's underrated (well maybe not quite as much anymore) for his playmaking abilities.

I can easily see him as a 40-40 type player and then moving up to the 50-50 zone as well eventually. I can see him becoming the #2 playmaker on the Oilers behind only RNH and the best goalscorer as well. Yes, I know Hall and Eberle will have something to say about that as well but the internal competition will motivate and push each other imo... which should be fun to watch.

I know every player does better with great teammates but I think even moreso with a guy like Yak who'll be lethal with guys he can give and go with once they get to know each others patterns and positioning on the ice.

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