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12-28-2012, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by CupofOil View Post
FTR, i never said that he sucked, i said that he was underwhelming.
I expect him to be better regardless of the system that the Russian coach implemented.
Yakupov needs to learn how to play better when the game isn't wide open or he will never reach his potential in the NHL which has become a tight checking league.
In my opinion. I like seeing Yak play the way his coach wants. Shows he can buy in to a coaches system. If he does that in Edmonton we are in for a treat because it won't be anything like the Russian coach is running at this tourney. I have faith in Ralph enough to use Yak to his full abilities.

Its not that he can't play in a tight checking game or that he needs it to be wide open to excel. Its all about running your systems, and he is still fighting a battle in that aspect.

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