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01-22-2013, 12:56 AM
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I think Tarasenko will be better than Yakupov this year, but we've also only seen Yakupov play one NHL game. Tarasenko was a point per game player in the KHL this season and Yak had 18 points in 22 games; so on paper they are pretty close. However, the fact that they are fairly close right now and that Tarasenko has 3 years on Yakupov tells me that Yak will likely be the better player in 3 years or so, especially once he fills out and gets experience playing against men rather than teenagers.

As for blues fans saying Tarasenko will be better for his entire career, yeah on the odd chance he might be, but he's played 2 NHL games and Yakupov is a 1st overall pick. Yak definitely has more potential

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