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01-23-2013, 01:19 AM
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I'm a bit disappointed in Yakupov's apparent lack of sustained top speed. He can explode quickly in short bursts, but I haven't seen him sustain it as he carries the puck, nor does he skate as quickly as I'd previously thought he could. He has never stood out to me as being an incredibly quick player, and having now seen both Taylor Hall and Yakupov on the same ice surface, Hall looks quicker. Hopefully I'm wrong and just haven't seen him reach the high speeds he has been touted to possess.

He also controls the puck in a very interesting way. Often, he allows the puck to drift as he skates up the ice with it instead of actively carrying it on his blade. I've noticed it has made him very susceptible to having the puck poked away.

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