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01-22-2013, 02:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
I see Tarasenko as a bit of a safer option. Yakupov has a better shot, better hands, better skater and is a lot faster. Tarasenko doesn't have a bad shot or bad hands, just not the rocket Yakupov has. He is also not a lot worse at any of the things that Yakupov is better at. The area where Tarasenko is better at is in close to the net or along the boards and he is much bigger. I also seem to get a sense that Tarasenko is more consistent emotionally, but that's harder to judge. I'd take Tarasenko as the safe bet because he's not significantly worse than Yakupov in anything other than straight line speed, and his size and skill make him a very safe projection to be a stud in the NHL. Yakupov may eventually have the higher upside, but Tarasenko has the higher floor.
Thanks for this post, I was kinda holding out for something about their skill sets and not just their scoring stats.

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