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Nail Yakupov -- The Next Elite NHL Superstar.

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Alot has been said about Yakupov and his style of play. He's not all that physical, and it's not a huge part of his success. He doesn't play like Ovechkin in that he goes out to destroy people with his speed nor does he bully his way around people. People say that he's physical in the sense that he uses his frame effectively in the corners and uses his strong and low center of gravity to his advantage.

It isn't a factor for Kane, and that same elusiveness shiftiness will be how Yakupov will play. A smaller version of Datsyuk combined with Ovechkin's shot and passion is pretty scary when you think about it.

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well I was talking about hits, but if he really does play like Datsyuk , then he won't be a huge hit machine , I guess we agree on that, he will just use his strength to play in the corners etc...

Anyways I like your description alot and if he turns out to be a Datsyuk style combined with Ovie's shot he's gonna be very exciting to watch !!!

( especially if it's the old Ovie shot cause right now he's not really on fire lol )

What sounds the most exciting though by far is the comparision with Datsyuk who is , to me , the best player in the league with Sid

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well I was talking about hits, but if he really does play like Datsyuk , then he won't be a huge hit machine , I guess we agree on that, he will just use his strength to play in the corners etc...

Anyways I like your description alot and if he turns out to be a Datsyuk style combined with Ovie's shot he's gonna be very exciting to watch !!!

( especially if it's the old Ovie shot cause right now he's not really on fire lol )

What sounds the most exciting though by far is the comparision with Datsyuk who is , to me , the best player in the league with Sid

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<br />They have Colorado's first round pick from the Varlamov deal. Very high chance they get the first overall pick.<br />
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Hopefully Yakupov states to everyone that he wants to return to the KHL, thus his stock drops until the 30th pick, which the Canucks use to pick him up.

Then he changes his mind and says he will definitely put 110% to play for Vancouver :D

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I'm just afraid Columbus would ruin him. I'm still hoping Winnipeg will land him.

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I hope the Islanders get him, but the Islanders never seem to suck all the way, just enough to be a failure of a team, but not enough to be a lottery team. Tavares setting up Yakupov would be a perfect situation for him.

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I hope the Islanders get him, but the Islanders never seem to suck all the way, just enough to be a failure of a team, but not enough to be a lottery team. Tavares setting up Yakupov would be a perfect situation for him.

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it's looking more and more likely that it may just be the case. talk about a huge year for winnipeg, eh? they not only get a team back, but they also get the #1 draft pick and future superstar as well? not a bad way to start off a new franchise in the least.

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The Islanders have drafted in the top 5 three straight years.

I think the biggest difference between the Oilers and Islanders right now is the veterans. No offense to Staios, Rolston, Pandolfo, Eaton and Reasoner...but they're not Smyth, Horcoff, Whitney, Belanger and Hemsky. There is a difference between being an effective player with experience and just being old. Their young players don't have anyone to take the pressure off them. Take Eberle for example. He may be top 10 in scoring and the Oilers 1st line right winger...but Hemsky is on the second line. He was selected to play in the ASG last season. There are nights when the opposition decides Hemsky is the bigger threat and that leaves Eberle/RNH with weaker Dmen to deal with. It's a nice luxury for the young players.

You add some legit leadership to go along with a core made up of Tavares, Strome, Niederreiter, de Haan, Hamonic, Nelson, Bailey and Okposo...and they won't need Yakupov to be a contender in a few years.

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I have really lost confidence that either Okposo or Bailey will ever thrive with the Isles. Both these guys will be good 2nd-3rd liners but simply will never live up to their draft positions, something the Oilers prospects have already done.

Once Strome, Tavares, de Haan, and Niederreiter start producing they will be a great team however.

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Somehow, we'll win the lottery and use that 1st round pick to draft Yakupov ;)

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If Columbus/Florida/Winnipeg draft him, say goodbye to his potential. Their development will destroy him.

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