Any else notice Yakupovs tendency of playing the puck back into his own zone instead of making the simple play to get it out to the neutral zone? It definitely seemed he was easing his way thru the game but still was one of the top two skaters on the ice, unreal.
its Dats firm move also, speaking about Yak ability to control pace of the game
I thought Yakupov had a decent game yesterday. You can totally see his elite skill level and skating ability and he looked like one of the more dangerous forwards out there. But I was really impressed with Grigs game last night. He looked like a completely different player compared to when I seen him before. MacKinnon showed flashes but tbh I was expecting more from him considering all the hype. He's got good size and skating, but his offensive skill level is not on par with Yakupov for sure. And I wasn't as impressed with Huberdeau as some people were. The play died on his stick quite a bit I thought.
As someone who used to live in Saint John and volunteered for the Seadogs I agree with you about Huberdeau. Its crazy how hyped he is around hfboards, people are expecting him to be a superstar Joe Sakic type player. But from what I saw of him he will be about Ryan Smyth type player, a bottom end 1st liner that plays with his heart.
Yeah so close to the ice. It's because of the ancient structure of the arena. It's an old community rink. With steep seating. Certainly not designed for broadcasting. It has probably had a few shovels and hoses act as zambonis.
Yaks creating a short handed goal with his speed and great awareness. Thought he tipped that shot at first. Sounds like it was just a primary assist though. On another look it looks like he got a piece of it. I'm pretty sure Sigarevs getting credit for the goal on a play made by Yak.
I've never seen a Nail fight, but those stocky little guys can be real trouble. Not to mention it's always the happy off the ice but intense on that can have a whole lotta crazyhorse in them ready to go when they are challenged.