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#1 WeatherWise

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:50 AM

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Hockey Canada announces Nail Yakupov has been cleared to resume playing in KHL.
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OHL has determined that Yakupov had no independent legal advice when, at the age of 17 years old, he signed his contract with Sarnia.
10:04 PM - 28 Sep 12 · Details


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Hockey Canada allows Yakupov to play in KHL
The Canadian Press
9/29/2012 1:48:19 AM

Nail Yakupov is getting his wish.

Hockey Canada announced in brief a statement early Saturday that it was releasing the flashy forward to play in the Russian-based KHL during the NHL lockout.

Yakupov, the No. 1 pick by the Edmonton Oilers at this year's draft, was suspended earlier in the week after it was revealed he didn't secure a transfer card to join Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.

The International Ice Hockey Federation ruled he played illegally when he suited up for his hometown team in two games earlier this month.

Hockey Canada, which refused to sign off on Yakupov's transfer, and the Canadian Hockey League both believed he belonged with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.

But Hockey Canada has since changed its tune.

"Hockey Canada and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation have announced that the OHL has determined that Yakupov had no independent legal advice when, at the age of 17 years old, he signed his contract with Sarnia," the Hockey Canada statement read. "His release goes into effect immediately."

Hockey Canada insisted earlier this week that it was simply acting on behalf of the OHL team. Yakupov spent the last two seasons with Sarnia and is said to have committed to the Sting through the 2012-13 season.
Rather than reporting to Sarnia when the Edmonton Oilers assigned his rights to the junior club on Sept. 15 prior to the NHL lockout, he boarded a plane for Russia.

Yakupov's case was unique because the 18-year-old Russian was drafted as a North American-based player. He signed an entry-level deal with the Oilers over the summer and those contracts include a clause that states junior-eligible players may only appear in the NHL or CHL.

Yakupov was a dominant force during his time in the OHL, scoring 80 goals and 170 points in 107 career games for the Sting. He was held without a point in his two games with Neftekhimik last week -- appearances that caught the attention of administrators back in North America.


Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk plays its next game on Monday.

Edited by WeatherWise, 29 September 2012 - 03:56 AM.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:33 AM

I hope he stays over there. OHL made the right call. Sarnia got greedy, they still have Galchenyuk.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:25 PM

good for him
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:27 PM

Good to hear. He's going to develop nicely, much to our chagrin.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:32 PM

I hope he stays over there. OHL made the right call. Sarnia got greedy, they still have Galchenyuk.


How were they greedy? It was their player
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 12:37 AM

HUGE blow for CHL hockey. But that being said, nothing Sarnia can do. CHL and Sarnia Sting of course would rather him play for them for many obvious reasons. But theres no point having him play when he wants to be in the KHL.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:35 AM

And that opens up the gates for other Russians to just walk out back to Russia! Horrible move imo.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 10:05 AM

And that opens up the gates for other Russians to just walk out back to Russia! Horrible move imo.


name these "other" Russians please. Thank you.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 10:29 AM

I highly doubt that he is looking to stay there, and most russian players that decide to go to the KHL this year are just going to be near family and friends for the lockout. There might be a couple that stay, but who cares. If I were in their position I would be doing the same.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 10:33 AM

Funny that Yak went over when his good buddy stayed.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:10 AM

Hope he becomes a lifer, that'd be hilarious.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:46 AM

name these "other" Russians please. Thank you.


If one player is allowed to walk away on his contract without any penalty or such what message does that send to other players? That it's okay?
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:52 AM

So,he didn't have proper representation? So friggin' what. One shouldn't be able to jump leagues willy nilly without the consent of the team that holds their rights.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 12:06 PM

Good for Yak.

Hockey Canada and OHL made the right decision. Yakupov needs to play against men to improve. He has already dominated the OHL. The Oilers, Yak and NHL are all better off with Yak playing in the KHL because he'll be a better player in the NHL when the lockout ends.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 12:08 PM

So,he didn't have proper representation? So friggin' what. One shouldn't be able to jump leagues willy nilly without the consent of the team that holds their rights.


That was just an excuse they used to release him. If Hockey Canada and the OHL didn't want Yakupov going they would have attempted to block his departure.

Edit: As far as the representation goes any minor needs to be represented by a parent or a lawyer when they sign a contract. This does not just pertain to Hockey. It could be any legally binding agreement. Like your phone contract with Telus or a Gym membership at Steve Nash Fitness.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 12:35 PM

Hope he becomes a lifer, that'd be hilarious.


I'll take that.
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:16 PM

If one player is allowed to walk away on his contract without any penalty or such what message does that send to other players? That it's okay?


He was only aloud to walk away because his Russian team more then likely opened there wallet and paid the owner of Sarnia a good chunk of change.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:42 PM

2 goals and 2 shootout goals(including the game winner) today.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:47 PM

2 goals and 2 shootout goals(including the game winner) today.


That is spectacular news for fans who are excited about what he may accomplish in the NHL. Video highlights should be online on the KHL's official YouTube channel some time today.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:29 PM

Highlights from today's game. Very entertaining:


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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:41 PM

He had the 3rd highest ppg in the OHL behind only Kane and Spezza untill he got that knee injury, but still ended up doin really well after.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:25 PM

He scored another goal today -- a complete laser. He has an incredibly quick release.



That's three goals in his past two games.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:53 PM

I love his personality, but you have to wonder whether someone someday will take his head off for his celebrations.

I look forward to seeing his celebration upon his first NHL goal though. Will be CRAZY.
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:28 AM

I love his personality, but you have to wonder whether someone someday will take his head off for his celebrations.

I look forward to seeing his celebration upon his first NHL goal though. Will be CRAZY.

Nah I'm not worried. Ovechkin is even more cocky when it comes to celebrations and nobody seems to bother.
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:41 AM

Good for Yak.

Hockey Canada and OHL made the right decision. Yakupov needs to play against men to improve. He has already dominated the OHL. The Oilers, Yak and NHL are all better off with Yak playing in the KHL because he'll be a better player in the NHL when the lockout ends.


eerrrrr dude.... they had no choice but to release him because he didn't want play in the ohl anymore. If your involved with sports long enough, you will easily know why you don't keep players that don't want to play for your team. Losing him was a huge blow to the OHL, but it's his decision to go to the KHL. The OHL wanted to hang on to him.
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:17 AM

Nail is doing extremely well in the KHL. He currently has 5 goals, 2 assists, 7 points in 9 KHL games. He seems to be in a mini-slump, as he was at a point-per-game pace a few games ago.

Edited by WeatherWise, 21 October 2012 - 06:19 AM.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:43 PM

Another goal for him today. It's another laser, this one the GWG. Footage at 6:29 of the video:



That's 6 goals, 2 assists, 8 points in 10 games. He honestly looks as though he would have one of the best wristshots in the NHL once the lockout ends.

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#28 WeatherWise

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:46 PM

Nail now has 10 goals, 4 assists, and 14 points in 13 KHL games. Here's a look at his goals thus far; you can mute the volume:


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:25 PM

Nice moves and a terrific shot!
All though the KHL defense leaves much to be desired. Good luck cutting to the middle so freely in the NHL.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 11:26 PM

Man this kid is a beauty. Next superstar in the league. Can't wait to see him in an Oiler jersey.
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