Found September 06, 2012 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
Top 2012 NHL Draft pick Nail Yakupov has extreme skill and boundless confidence. He is fully equipped to make a big impact as a rookie. The Edmonton Oilers will surround him with elite offensive talent while playing a go-go style. So how can this not turn out well?Nail scored 170 points in 107 games in the Ontario Hockey League while generating comparisons to former Russian star Pavel Bure. He should follow the lead of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to quickly blossom into a 50- to 70-point scorer.With his family moving to Edmonton to support him, his transition to the NHL should go more smoothly. This should be quite a show.Other potential breakout forwards include:James van Riemsdyk, C, Maple Leafs: The second overall pick in the 2007 draft has never scored more than 21 goals in a season. That could change this season as Toronto converts him into a scoring line center. JVR scored 16 points in his first 19 games last season in Philadelphia before a series of inj...
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