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01-23-2013, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by c_robio View Post
In my viewings, Tarasenko appears to have better hockey sense. People always talk about whether players are physically ready or not but for me the high end hockey sense guys translate quicker to the NHL.

Why ?

Because every rookie when asked about the transition to NHL will say "Less time and space to make decisions"

For all the skill Yakupov has, even the tight checking in World Juniors neutralized him quite effectively. I expect a longer learning curve for Yakupov, but of course extremely high on him
Hockey sense is something that is difficult to guage. Yak has good hockey sense but it's just that he plays at such a high speed that he doesn't really have the time and space to read plays and find open lanes. Sometimes he passes too much and other times he doesn't pass enough. He has a ton of offensive tools, so he just has to find a balance between high-speed goalscoring and skillful playmaking. It will come with more experience.

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