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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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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