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07-03-2013, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Bryanbryoil View Post
How poor is Yakimov's skating? Does it need a ton of work or just a little work? The kid is big, strong, and has good hands so I assume that his skating must be the biggest issue with him?
As Malkinfan references, he is not the fastest skater in the World, but he has excellent balance and control on his skates, and he navigates exceptionally well in close, where he can bring his size and strength and puck skills to bear. He would love to have the outside burst of a Nichushkin, who is of similar dimensions, but he has excellent offensive skills. He will be have an excellent pro career, either in the KHL or the NHL.

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