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01-05-2013, 06:27 PM
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Roo Mad Bro
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Originally Posted by MikeModano9 View Post
I want to see Yak play with Nuge, Eberle etc. He could very well put up huge numbers. I think he'll be better then Couts. Maybe not on the defensive side though.
I can say, with 100% certainty, that Yakupov will never be the defensive player that Couturier is/will be.

People seem to underrate Couturier's offensive game/upside because he put up 27 points last year.

He's pretty average in terms of skating, but it's better than when he was in junior. His best asset is his hockey IQ. He's just an insanely smart hockey player. Knows where his teammates are and where to be.

He's more of a playmaker than goal scorer. Good hands, especially for a player his size, but won't dazzle with moves.

Pretty good wrister too. Check out some of his goals from last year.

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