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Enigmatic Yakupov and The Bounce Back
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08-17-2014, 12:12 AM
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I agree that the team struggled with playing a supportive team game all across the board, but Yak was for sure guilty of not using his teammates when obvious passes were indeed available. If you think they weren't passing to him simply because they don't like him, then we witnessed different events unfold.
I certainly witnessed plays last year where at least Eberle refused to pass to Yakupov despite Yak being in a far better position to have the puck. It was earlier in the year and blatantly obvious.
That said, Yakupov also had more than his share of boneheaded plays with the puck.
Imo, if groups are being formed in the room that are affecting play on ice, guys should be moved. I would lean towards dishing Eberle and Schultz well before Yakupov as I think Yak has it in him to be far better than the other two. Eberle is better atm and would bring in a better return. No place here for putting yourself above the team.
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