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2012 NHL Draft Profile: Nail Yakupov

Friday, 05.11.2012 / 5:00 PM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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