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Nail Yakupov - Sarnia Sting, OHL (2012 Draft)

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03-04-2011, 11:05 PM
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Radulov.

Even down to the ridiculous goal celebrations.
This is the best comparison, even if Radulov is bigger and isn't in the NHL at the moment.

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He's the real deal. I see Alex Ovechkin in him, for sure. Very fast, very good stickhandling, physical.

The funny thing is that he's not even my favorite prospect in 2012 draft. My number 1 is Alex Galchenyuk. The guy is the most complete player I've seen at that age.

2012 Draft is crazy good.
IMO he has to improve his defensive play drastically before he'll be a complete player (Galchenyuk).

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Sarnia got killed by Saulte Ste. Marie tonight... 10-4

Yakupov and Galchenyuk were both 1+1=2 though

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Anyone else with a great name like Nail Yakupov

2012 is great for names!

Nail Yakupov
Martin Frk
Mikhail Grigorenko
Matia Marcantuoni
Boo Nieves
Matt Dumba

It's just great.

However yeah, a lot of names other people have mentioned, Kanes, Tavares.

Brings physicality to his game like Ryan Kesler, but with better hands.

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^^Slater Koekkoek is another sick name too

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Anyone else with a great name like Nail Yakupov

2012 is great for names!

Nail Yakupov
Martin Frk
Mikhail Grigorenko
Matia Marcantuoni
Boo Nieves
Matt Dumba

It's just great.

However yeah, a lot of names other people have mentioned, Kanes, Tavares.

Brings physicality to his game like Ryan Kesler, but with better hands.

Griffin Reinhart.

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03-05-2011, 12:29 AM
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Have only seen one full game of his, otherwise just highlights and scouting reports, but he reminds me of two players already mentioned in this thread: Parise's size, talent, and general style, Radulov's over the top celebrations and general selfish feel to his play. I have no problem with goal celebrations, but he goes way over the top, and the main thing I don't like is how after goals he regularly skates away from/completely ignores his teammates like they don't matter, so he can show off to the crowd by himself with them following behind.

Absolutely seems to have that 1st overall talent, very impressive the way he's tearing up the OHL as a rookie. Hopefully I'm wrong about his personality, as I said I'm basing it off minimal viewings and clearly do not actually know the guy personally, but he definitely gives off that self-centered dbag vibe from his body language on the ice and the puck dominant way he plays.

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Have only seen one full game of his, otherwise just highlights and scouting reports, but he reminds me of two players already mentioned in this thread: Parise's size, talent, and general style, Radulov's over the top celebrations and general selfish feel to his play. I have no problem with goal celebrations, but he goes way over the top, and the main thing I don't like is how after goals he regularly skates away from/completely ignores his teammates like they don't matter, so he can show off to the crowd by himself with them following behind.

Absolutely seems to have that 1st overall talent, very impressive the way he's tearing up the OHL as a rookie. Hopefully I'm wrong about his personality, as I said I'm basing it off minimal viewings and clearly do not actually know the guy personally, but he definitely gives off that self-centered dbag vibe from his body language on the ice and the puck dominant way he plays.
Not sure its fair to judge a player's character solely off goal celebrations.
From everything I've heard, Yakupov is liked by his teammates and, despite language and cultural barriers, has put a lot of effort into being part of the 'team'.

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Kovechkin.

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Yakupov is only 5 months older than him but are much better by stats and has been just awesome whole season! so whats the reason to say that Alex Galchenyuk will be better long term ? size? let me laugh on that big time!
Galchenyuk just looks to have better NHL potential and has shown flashes of brilliance. Stats shouldn't tell the story at all between these two this year, they both should have 2 or 3 goals a game with the chances they create. Galchenyuk has all the tools: size, speed, lethal shot, vision etc, and knows how to combine these tools to create chances constantly. There's quite a few clips on youtube of him speeding by defenders using his size to protect the puck and making the goalie look silly. Igor Larionov's comparison of Galchenyuk to Marian Hossa is spot on, no better comparison out there.

Not knocking Yakupov at all because he has arguably been the best/most exciting player in the OHL this year and has a tremendous future ahead of him. I just believe that Galchenyuk could turn out to be the better NHL player, and by the this time next year he might be receiving more hype.

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Ovechkin. Watched a couple games live, will be shocked if he does not go first overall.

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Just a little bump.

45 goals, 45 assists for 90 points in 58 games. As a European rookie in the OHL. On a fairly weak team in Sarnia.

This kid is absolutely unreal, he has the most well rounded offense I've seen from any player in the OHL in a long time, his skill set is ridiculous. Great shot, great passing, great vision, plenty of creativity, fantastic skating. Not soft by any stretch of the imagination. He's small and not stellar in his own end, but those are the only knocks on him. The guy's going to be a star.

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Just a little bump.

45 goals, 45 assists for 90 points in 58 games. As a European rookie in the OHL. On a fairly weak team in Sarnia.

This kid is absolutely unreal, he has the most well rounded offense I've seen from any player in the OHL in a long time, his skill set is ridiculous. Great shot, great passing, great vision, plenty of creativity, fantastic skating. Not soft by any stretch of the imagination. He's small and not stellar in his own end, but those are the only knocks on him. The guy's going to be a star.
Yeah, just like Alexandre Volchkov!

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Screw you, we invented tanking! We even have a slogan: Fail for Nail.

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Any Sting fans or OHL experts want to share their insight on how Nail compares to Stamkos at the same age?

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CHL will ruin him. He will not be an impact player.

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Screw you, we invented tanking! We even have a slogan: Fail for Nail.
You may have missed the prequel: Fall for Hall.

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CHL will ruin him. He will not be an impact player.
keep going dude

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keep going dude
He has a point though. CHL's track record for developing Russian forwards is abysmal.

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Any Sting fans or OHL experts want to share their insight on how Nail compares to Stamkos at the same age?
I'm not sure that they compare that well, personally. Stamkos was considered a complete player; a two-way player. I know it's tough to put a value or even fully know the dynamics of a player and their "intangibles" but I feel like Stamkos has a lot of the important traits of a hockey player: leadership, hard work, heart, etc, where I do question Yakupov's. Is it the Russian factor for me? I'll be the first to admit that that could be a possibility. One thing I will say though, is that they both have great shooting ability. Yakupov is a little more inventive offensively as well, in fact, I think Yakupov was better offensively than Stamkos was in the OHL. Keep in mind that I'm an Eastern observer so I didn't get to watch these guys a lot but I have had a chance to see them live, and on TV quite a bit.

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Any Sting fans or OHL experts want to share their insight on how Nail compares to Stamkos at the same age?
He's outplaying Stamkos at the same age, but that can be deceiving because the Sting have some better players now than they did then.

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He has a point though. CHL's track record for developing Russian forwards is abysmal.
He's doing just fine so far. Burmistrov's looking alright too.

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Only saw 1 or 2 games on tv and this kid impressed me both times. He's fast, controls the puck well and has an awesome shot. When i saw him play the first time the best comparision i had was Steven Stamkos (They both have a really great one timer).

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Please Leafs, bomb the hell out of next season and draft this guy. Absolutely unreal.

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