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2012 NHL Draft Profile: Nail Yakupov

Friday, 05.11.2012 / 5:00 PM ET / 2012 NHL Draft
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2012 NHL Draft Profile: Nail Yakupov
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NAIL YAKUPOV
#1 North American Skater
Sarnia, OHL
 
Position: Right Wing Shoots: Left
Height: 5'10" Weight: 189
Born: 10/6/93 Born In: Nizhnekamsk, RUS
   
THE SKINNY:
Despite only playing in 42 games due to injuries, Yakupov was Central Scouting's top prospect both at the mid term and final rankings after posting 101 points in 65 games last year and then 69 points (31 goals) this season. Yakupov led the way for Russia at the World Junior Championships, collecting nine assists as the Russians netted a silver medal.

Often compared to former Panther Pavel Bure due to their similar games, the top prospect actually idolized the dynamic star growing up. "I love the way he played. (He was) very explosive, a great skater, very creative and (he) loved to score goals."

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards: "His first step and ability to control bouncing pucks, knock them down and make a play are the best of any of the guys in the draft, in my opinion. He really gets up to top speed very quickly and his hands are outstanding. Like Pavel Bure, Yakupov is dangerous every shift. He may not have been dominant on every shift like Bure was, but he created something every shift … you have to be aware where he is on the ice all the time."
 QUICK HITS
NHL Team: Detroit and Vancouver
NHL Player: Pavel Bure, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby
Shootout Move: "It's a secret"
Actor: Jason Statham
Website: NHL.com
Activity Away From The Rink: Hanging out with friends and teammates
Home-Cooked Meal: Pasta and chicken

STATS:
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2010-11 Sarnia OHL 65 49 52 101 71
2011-12 Sarnia OHL 42 31 31 69 30

NEWS:
Top Prospect Yakupov Excels No Matter The Situation
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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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