Thread: PGT: Oilers Win 3-2
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02-25-2013, 05:09 PM
Master Lok
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Originally Posted by Booyakasha View Post
I agree with you, I think he's looked good after taking a seat in the PB.
I think the negativity comes from, not his play, but the fact that some posters think he takes time away from Yakupov.
Some posters think that development = throwing tons of playing minutes playing on the top line to the kid.

Sigh. And then the boards blow up after the Oilers every loss.

Which is it? Are we throwing Yakupov on the first line, playing against opposition's first lines and willing to take the loss?

Or giving Yakupov reduced minutes so that his turnovers won't cost the team as much?

Yakupov is an 18 year rookie. He needs to play against weaker lines and get used to the game. Total myth that playing on the fourth line or third line will ruin a goalscorer. Whoever thought of that hasn't watched enough hockey.

Datsyuk and Zetterberg was playing on Detroit's fourth line in their first years. Watch and learn.

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