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01-03-2013, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Zine View Post
Yakupov is NOT Kuznetsov or Tarasenko. He can't carry a team by himself.

He's no good when he's the focal point of an offense. He needs to be able to lurk in the weeds.

Unlike Varnakov at WJC, Neftekhimik uses Yakupov the right way and that's why he's successful in the KHL. Hopefully Edmonton does the same.
I was thinking exactly the same thing. Only I would add- YET! I think when he matures he can lead a team, like Kovalchuk matured. But not yet!

Good news for Russia is that Grigorenko and Kucherov stepped up, like in U18. Everything is where it belongs, and the tournament put things in their rightful place no matter how much Varnakov tried to give that leadership role to Yakupov.

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