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09-05-2013, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Jimmi Jenkins View Post
Then prepared to be surprised, no way Hemsky is ahead of Yakupov in any measure on this team.
We all love Yak. But that's a bit of an exaggeration. He's played half a year in the NHL. He needs to work on his defence and he has to be sheltered for a while longer. Experience counts for something. At least if you're after the playoffs and not #1 OV draft picks.

Yak will be the better player, obviously, but he has to earn it, IMO. And he will. I think that the player who is performing the best should get the ice time. He's a young guy in his second (first full) season. There will be times that he looks like Ovie and times that he looks like Schremp. That's what happens to young players. Its not straight line progression.

Also, he has to learn to play with a target on his back. That's not easy. It won't hurt to have Hemsky there to eat some of the hard minutes while he figures out how to go super nova.

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