I would love to see Yakupov on a Canadian team. The exposure for such an electrifying player would be unreal. To see him thriving in Montreal or Edmonton would be the best thing to ever happen to the kid. He certainly has the potential to be a superstar in this league. He's fast, shifty, has a deadly shot, can make plays, and plays a strong two-way game, as advertised by his agent, Igor Larionov. His passing is also very underrated, and he has great hands and great skating ability.
He has rightfully been compared to both Pavel Datsyuk and Pavel Bure. He has an element of physicality and can hit hard, but isn't a head-hunter and uses stickwork and positioning to grab pucks from the opposition. He has explosive speed and acceleration, and can create offense every time he has the puck. He's one of those players who can bring his audience to the edge of their seats in anticipation of a great scoring chance. I've been looking forward to seeing him in the NHL for months, and to see him in Canada would be even better.
Edited by WeatherWise, 10 March 2012 - 06:14 PM.
The greatest segue into a weather segment.