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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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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