Found November 13, 2012 on Hockey Fan Land:
If there is a 2012-13 NHL season, Nail Yakupov will be one of the favorites to take home the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. His immense offensive talents made him the top overall pick in June's draft, and the fact that he gets to utilize his skills on an up-and-coming Edmonton squad only helps his cause. The stage is set for him to make some serious noise from the very start of his career, and his current success in the KHL (10 goals in 13 games thus far) is only adding fuel to the fire. With that said, is it possible that expectations have gotten too high for the 19-year old? In a way, Oilers fans may have gotten a little spoiled by the instant impacts of recent first round success stories like Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Yakupov certainly has the ability to take over a game but, as our own Craig Custance points out, it's fair to expect some growing pains too. After all, he is still very young, will be facing tighter defenses than he's ever...

Subway Super Series: Yakupov’s Final Farewell in Sarnia

Sarnia, ON – Coming into the fourth game of the six-game Subway Super Series, the Canadian Hockey League trailed the series six points to three looking to even up the series. In the history of the Subway Super Series, the Russians have never scored a goal on Sarnia ice in the two previous games being shutout in 2003 and 2006. Entering the dying minutes of Monday night’s game...
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