Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Yakupov Scouting Report

Will Yakupov wear #10 in Edmonton?

With the Oilers winning the draft lottery there are likely only 3 players to consider drafting at #1.  Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray, or Mkhail Grigorenko.  Listed below are a few scouting reports on the most likely pick, Nail Yakupov.

The Scouting Report Mid term (1-30):
RW Nail Yakupov – Sarnia (OHL)
DOB: Oct. 6/93 | Shoots: L | Height: 5.11 | Weight: 190lbs
Yakupov has to be considered more of a 1B than a #2 at this point with a lot of hockey still left to be played. The 18-year-old Russian is the biggest game-breaker in this draft and plays a very similar style to Taylor Hall only with more physicality away from the puck. Yakupov is a phenomenal skater and his ability to use his speed while creating offense is unparalleled in this draft class. Projecting as a dynamic top-line forward, the only real concern with Yakupov lies in his stature and determining whether or not his body will be able to hold up with his style of play at the next level.

ISS Risers and Fallers February 2012
Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia Sting
This ultra-skilled RW has phenomenal offensive ability, and is blessed with exceptional acceleration. Yakupov moving back to #1 in ISS Feb. Rankings should be viewed more a case of him rising than Grigorenko falling.
He excelled at displaying his superiority on his skates, showing extremely explosive acceleration and tremendous stride and good lower body power. His technique allows him to accelerate off his edges very well as well as change direction in the blink of an eye. Yakupov learning curve is still projecting upward, and the sky could be the limit with this kid.

2012 Midseason TSN NHL Draft Ranking
Position: Left Wing Team: Sarnia (OHL)
Height 5'11 Weight: 189 lbs.
DOB: Oct. 6, 1993 From: Nizhnekamsk, Russia
GP G A PTS +/-
29 22 33 55 19
Grant McCagg,
He took North America by storm last season, breaking the 100-point barrier as an OHL rookie and leading Russia with 13 points in seven games at the U-18's - whetting scouts' appetites for his draft year. Averaged more than two points a game for Sarnia before suffering a knee injury at the WJCs. Strengths: Unbelievable skill level in every facet of his game - quick feet, tremendous burst, top-notch agility, slick hands, dangerous shot, quick release. Plays bigger than he is, not afraid to get his nose dirty and take a hit to get the puck. Already plays a North American style, and should have little trouble adapting to the NHL game - very competitive. Weaknesses: Lack of size will prevent him from playing a rugged style in the NHL every shift, tries to do too much with the puck and he could use linemates more at times. NHL upside: Has been called a mini-Ovechkin. Will make you pay the price with a big hit, but doesn't pack the same wallop as Ovechkin due to a lack of size. Has the dynamic skill set to be a first-line NHL winger.

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