I love how everyone is basing Yakupov's skill set off the WJC. Not fair to Yak, and I agree with what Stauffer has to say on that subject.
If we trade Yakupov we will fill a hole by creating another hole. There isn't a good reason why we should trade him, if we do it will bite us in the ass some day. If the Oilers wanted to trade him they would have traded the pick before we the draft.
I don't think his stock is as high as it's going to be for us to consider trading him yet.
I remember a while back, when Evgeni Malkin was the best prospect in the world, and it was suddenly a "fair deal" on the Trade Board for the Pens to send "unproven" Letang and Malkin to the Oilers for Pronger. 1-2 years later that trade would have been a definite no-go.
Regardless of his 1st overall pedigree, regardless of his impressive WJHC showings, NHL GM's aren't going to pony up the assets to acquire him until they see what he can do on NHL ice.
Even if he falters a bit, I still see the kid scoring at least at a 50-60 point clip in a top-6 role at some point in the next 1-2 years. I think at that point his stock will be high enough to garner the maximal return.
There is no case for trading Yakupov. Just pure silliness.
First of all, his value is at an all time low since i assume that he won't completely bust and thus, will elevate his value over time.
Secondly, the Oilers lacked secondary scoring last season, so we're going to trade that potential away before even seeing what he can do?
Thirdly, he's a supreme talent and has the potential to be an elite goal scorer in the league.
I've heard a lot of crazy things on HF but the idea of trading Yakupov before he plays an NHL game takes the cake.
With all due respect to the OP, this is one of the most poorly written articles that i've seen in a long time, attacking Yakupov's character as well. Nice.
Last edited by McCupofOil: 01-10-2013 at 09:39 AM.
No I don't want to trade Yakupov not now anyway.
I knew this wouldn't go over well as soon as I read the title
Yakupov is in a position right now where he has so much potential no one knows how he will be playing a couple season. What if in a couple seasons yakupov is getting 40 goals
yeah, sorry, the agrument for trading Yak is pretty weak, he may be a primadona and he's not comparable to Bure? He's still a consensus #1 overall pick and you generally don't trade those
Not being comparable to Bure is a pretty general statement which can be taken, or spun, a couple of different ways.
Does he mean skill wise?
Which part of Russia he is from?
Play making ability?
What the hell was the context of that quote? Nice try on spinning yarn there.
And I'd really like to know where Cam Cole gets this "Primadonna" attitude from. From everything I've seen and heard from Yakupov himself, his teammates, and coaches, he is a team first player who wants to succeed. I do not get the sense that he is a Primadonna in any way.
Cole is a hack writing from Vancouver.
Take it for what it is.
Furthermore, his "poor play" during the WJC's, is likely attributed to the Russian coach and systems, as many have stated. Russia's entire team looked disjointed and unsure of what the hell they were doing. Even simple line changes and which, if any, centerman was to be used was messed up by the Russian coach. He didn't know WTF he was doing.