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12-28-2012, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Nash View Post
Yakupov is trying to do way too much.
I think it's nerves. Some people are already referring to him as egomaniac, but I think that's unfair.

Yakupov needs to relax and anticipate the game a bit better. Maybe get some tips from Kuznetsov, who can be really zen and patient. He let the game come to him at WJC and took advantage of chances.

One thing that's really hurting Yakupov and Russia in this tournament is their lack of a reliable quarterback. Naumenkov was going to be it, but he's hurt.

Now we're seeing Yakupov carry the puck and this is the wrong role for him.

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