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01-21-2013, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by CupofOil View Post
Tarasenko is a lot more polished than Yakupov right now, that's pretty obvious and Yakupov won't get as much opportunity in Edmonton as some here think. He's going to get very sheltered 2nd line minutes and 2nd unit PP time so he won't have the opportunity to put up big points so i expect Tarasenko to have a better rookie season. Both have elite skills, it should be fun tracking their progress in the coming years.
This Calder race will be a treat to watch. I bet that a player under the radar will win it. I thought Baertschi before the season and i'm sticking with him.
FWIW, and not to derail the thread but, he was on the 2nd line with Backlund and Cammy last night and most Flames would tell you he and Backlund were our best forwards, they both had great chances.

I expect him to be given a larger role as the season roles on, doesn't look like they will shelter him. Maybe he will be in the race but with the linemates Tarasenko has, I would still put my money on him.

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