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Nail Yakupov -- The Next Elite NHL Superstar.

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he certainly had one hell of a 40 minute effort, then he, like the rest of his team, just kind of fell apart and stopped doing everything that made them so successful in the first 2 periods... sucks that we couldn't get that last tying goal though.

as for the language thing, that's how all Russians are, it's just how they talk in Russia, very matter of fact straight to the point with no fluff, it's not necessarily arrogance, but it's perceived that way. It's a cultural thing.

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I won't blame Nail for that kind of attitude, especially seeing as Canada was Russia's main rival in this tourney and they beat them. He is still young and, while he could use some humility, having lots of self confidence is good when he is so skilled. Whatever team he goes to is going to be ridiculously lucky, and I can only hope that Gillis makes some Burke like move (Yakupov is the only person I would give up Schneider for at this point) to get us that pick. Look at it this way, a couple years playing next to some humble, all-star level players *ahem*Sedins*ahem* and he would be much more sensible in those situations. He is my favourite player under 20 in the world along with Jensen and it's going to be tough for me, personally, when he gets drafted to some bottom feeder team that might ruin his development..

*Totally don't have a man crush on Nail*

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Lots of Euro places are more "direct" than here. It comes off as rude here, but it's normal there. Aussies are usually very nice and polite, but they're also very blunt and to the point. It's just normal for them to talk like that.

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Nail is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

Perfect timing to slip down the draft & making it easier for GMMG to trade up and draft him. ;)

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http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=610795

Nail Yakupov, considered by many to the be the top player available in the 2012 NHL Draft, will not require surgery after suffering a knee injury playing for the Russian National Junior Team in the gold-medal game of the 2012 World Junior Championship last week. <br style=font-family: verdana; ">Yakupov underwent an MRI on Sunday to determine the extent of his injury. According to Mark Glavin, assistant general manager of the Sarnia Sting, surgery is not required.<br style=font-family: verdana; "> <br style="font-family: verdana; ">"The MRI indicated no significant damage," Glavin told NHL.com via email. "He will continue therapy both with Dr. John Vargo here in Sarnia and at the Fowler Clinic in London. His return is expected in three-to-four weeks."<br style=font-family: verdana; "> <br style="font-family: verdana; ">Yakupov, who won a silver medal for Russia at the WJC after producing 9 assists and a plus-4 rating in seven games, has 21 goals and 53 points in 26 games this season for the Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. His teammate in Sarnia, fellow Russian Alex Galchenyuk, is out for the season after undergoing ACL surgery. Galchenyuk is also considered to be a high first-round draft pick in June.<br style=font-family: verdana; "> <br style="font-family: verdana; ">Yakupov is currently in his second OHL season. In 2010-11, the 5-foot-10 1/2, 189-pound right wing broke Steven Stamkos' Sarnia records for a first-year player with 49 goals and 101 points. <br style=font-family: verdana; ">

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Projected first overall pick Nail Yakupov who plays for the Sarnia Sting, will miss the rest of the OHL's regular season due to concussion symptoms.

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Projected first overall pick Nail Yakupov who plays for the Sarnia Sting, will miss the rest of the OHL's regular season due to concussion symptoms.

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