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03-13-2014, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Usual_Suspect View Post
@AOsadchenko: Neftekhimik's GM Rafik Yakubov confirmed Bogdan Yakimov plans on joining the #Oilers next season. #KHL #NHL #Oilers #Yak2
It's been hinted before but that's good to hear. Will be very very interesting to see what he can do next season. I've seen him a few times this year in the KHL and his style of play seems an even better fit on the smaller ice. He's a beast of a teenager, very strong, at times he looks like the center version of Chara out there. He's still a bit clumsy and awkward, hasn't really grown into his body yet and though his skating isn't as bad as some sources have said he needs to improve his footspeed to keep up in the NHL. But strong on the puck, can power through people, pretty smart, ok hands and strong on the dot(when given the chance, he's played wing this season).
A couple of seasons in the AHL and we could have an absolutely massive center on our hands. Probably a 3rd C kind of guy but could have even more upside once he grows into his body. He is the kind of player you risk trading away a bit to early because he might take some time before reaching his full potential, it takes time building enough muscle to control that big body, but if you're patient you might hit the jackpot.

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