EDIT: Just pay him in Snickers and Tim Hortons gift cards
indeed, thanks for posting that. Now clearly if he is the player he could be, he'll be paid for it, but he wants to be the best and seems to truly love the game, and having that attitude in this organization will be a great thing, imo.
If we do end up selecting yak will he make the team right out of camp, as well what will happen when ebs nuge hall and PRV possibly as well want more expansive contracts? It will make it hard to put in a good goaltender and defense
meh.. Nuge becomes a RFA when Hemsky's contract expires...
Yakupov will become a RFA when Horcoff's contract expires..
Most everyone who remembers the dynasty era, has considered the similarities between Hall and Messier, then Nugent-Hopkins and Gretzky. Now Yakupov comes along, who interviews like Esa ("go down, putting every wood on the puck--score goal--no goal L.A.") Tikkanen, skates like Glenn Anderson, and has a one-timer like Jari Kurri. Those qualities in themselves have to make him a shoe-in for the Oilers at the draft table.
The rebuild is soon to be complete, then it comes down to having some patience with the young players on the ice. The future of this franchise is looking very bright.
Time now for Tambellini to correct the third and fourth lines over the summer, add some size and toughness, and bring in a couple of solid, hard-nosed defenders, who are looking to win. If Tambellini cannot do all of those things with the trade chips that he now has in his possession, then bring in someone else who can.
line up untouchables in bold: Hall-Nuge-Eberle Hemsky-Gagner-Yakupov
Eager-***tough S.O.B.-***tough S.O.B.
sign: Justin Schultz trade chips: Jones, Peckham (although I might try Peckham as a fourth line, banging, scrapping winger), Belanger, and Omark to the minors: Paajarvi-Lander (to later replace Smyth and Horcoff)
EDIT: Just pay him in Snickers and Tim Hortons gift cards
That video makes me want him on the Oilers even more. People say he's cocky, but I think he's more like Hall in the sense that he's confident in himself without being cocky like Seguin. I just hope he keeps playing for the love of the game and not the money so when his ELC comes up he'll take a bit of a discount to keep our team competitive
Yakupov is a game breaker," the NHL scout said earlier this week. "He's got a lot of speed, agility and can make all his moves when going balls out.
This is most exciting to me. Pavel Bure is probably the most underrated (while still respected) talent of my generation and the thing that made him such a joy to watch and so dangerous was that it seemed that the faster he skated, the softer and more deft his hands got. It's almost like a superhero, or like those guys who insist they can drive better while drunk. It makes no sense, but there it is.
I love the Yakupov/Bure comparisons that keep popping up - overt or inadvertent, like that one. The notion of adding a Bure-like player (or another one, considering Hall has some similarities too) gives me metaphorical wood.
We're in a situation where Hall could end up being our 3rd or 4th best player. That's pretty wild. I'll always have time for Hall even if he is passed on the depth chart though. There probably isn't a player under 22 that I'd rather have in the playoffs. That includes Stamkos(he's been a bit of a choke artist so far).
With that said...I've been tempering my expectations all year when it comes to Yakupov. Being 18 years old for your entire draft year is a pretty nice advantage. If I remember correctly, he's only a couple months younger than Huberdeau and missed the cut off for the 2011 draft by a couple weeks. Had he been slightly older, he likely would have been playing for Colorado this season. So of course he was going to put up very good numbers this year in junior. Can you imagine what RNH would have done in the OHL this year? I'd imagine his stats would have been a lot better than what Yakupov put up this year.
Originally Posted by Mr Bugg
Yakupov is just a different kind of player than any we've seen in an Oilers jersey since, perhaps, the 1980s. He doesn't spend a lot of time screwing around the offensive zone because he doesn't have to. This isn't RNH or Eberle on one of their extended possession sequences; Yaki attacks the net with a kind of efficiency only a Stamkos or Ovechkin does. He's very vocal in demanding the puck, and if he can't drill a shot home from feet inside the blueline, he'll post himself up in the high slot for his cannon of a one-timer.
In today's pro/major junior game- what with the pad sizes, speed, and training- Yakupov is one of those rare players that can just waltz into the zone and casually snap off a wrister as if it's no big deal... and he'll score.
Originally Posted by hockeyaddict101
a scouting report. From NHL.com
Yakupov is a game breaker," the NHL scout said earlier this week. "He's got a lot of speed, agility and can make all his moves when going balls out. He's got a natural knack for scoring and is a threat to score every single time he's out there. The defense is only so-so, but when you're talking about a player as dangerous as he is, you can live with that."
An outstanding skater, he's got a very fast burst and not only the top speed you want in your skill forwards, but the shifty, elusive east-west movement that make him very tough for defenders to contain. Although only 5-10, he's so quick that the size isn't an issue. When you hear scouts and hockey people talk about small players needing certain skating chops to alleviate concerns about them at the NHL level, Yakupov is the prototype player they're referring to.
His quick hands, dazzling puck skills and the ability to dangle allow him to create space for himself, and he's got the creativity to score by himself or set teammates up for quality chances. He's one of those guys who makes everyone around him better. 35 goals and 69 points in 45 OHL games as a 17-year-old...that's all you really need to know. He and countryman Alex Galchenyuk have formed a dynamic duo for the Sting, with the centerman Galchenyuk a few weeks away from turning 17 himself, having more size but less pure skill and upside than Yakupov. Regardless, he looks like a solid 1st-rounder in 2012.
Obviously from last year but still accuarate. I will post all the scouting reports listed over this year from Red line later tonight.
Lord have mercy. Can you imagine RNH feeding this kid passes?
Would be nice if he could play LW as well though. Creates amazing depth and enormous match up problems, and Yakupov could probably play with Hemsky in that case on the second line.
Call it soft or whatever you want, there's 4 legit gamebreakers in that top 6 who can dominate at any given moment, creating out of thin air. And actually, in reality these players are not soft. Some may have been injured, yes, but it's not because they're playing scared. That's just absolutely deadly, no doubt about it.
We will take Yak without a doubt. He's not big, but he plays huge. And he doesn't care about money, which will be nice when the time comes to resign him. That makes me feel better knowing we won't have to suffer through cap hell.
Hall and Yakupov HAVE to play on a line together. Just need a bit of size down the middle, and they can cherry pick all those points.
That speed and skill will be IMPOSSIBLE to contain. Its like Pavel Bure and Glen Anderson playing together. You just need someone who can make those long-bomb outlet passes tape-to-tape, and has a bit of size and some Defensive aptitude. MPS might be that guy...
I find Eberle and Nuge are more cerebral 'setup' type players. They run ES like it's a PP. If Hemsky converts to LW and regains his form, they could toy with the other team's D.
His puck skills look absolutely amazing, dangles like whoa... Pure finisher/sniper. All types of different goals and plays in that vid, honestly the kid looks incredible, the best part is that it looks/sounds like his teammates love him. My mouth is drooling....