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05-30-2013, 11:08 AM
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The final Russian prospect at the Combine is Yakimov, a 6-5, 202-pound left-handed center. He's No. 11 on Central Scouting's European list and has one year remaining on his contract in the KHL with Nizhnekamsk.

"He'll play one more year [in the KHL], and then he'll come to the NHL," Gandler said. "If he's ready, great, and if not, he'll play in the American Hockey League for as long as it takes to be in the NHL."

Gandler said Yakimov has soft hands and can see the ice very well for a big man. He needs to shoot the puck more.

"He likes to go straight to the net, is strong on his skates and is hard to knock down," Stubb said of Yakimov. "His skating was so much better this year. I would think he could be selected late second or early third round of the draft. He has skills and the potential to play in the NHL."
Yes thats his agent talking him up, but his agent is also Gandler, couldn't see him wating time on this guy if he was junk. Id have to agree with the soft hands part, he's not just going to be some physical styled forward; has all the tools to play role of skilled forward as well. The fact that he is 6'5 200lbs at 18 is pretty impressive. when grows into his form in a few years thats one massive center.

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