Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 10/18/14
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...
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