Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Prospect Watch: Nail Yakupov

First off, having the first name Nail makes you pretty bad ass. Unfortunately for Yakupov though he is not as feared by the video game makers at EA Sports as they made him only 5"1 in NHL 12. He is currently listed on most sites at 5"10 or 5"11. I'm sure they'll fix this as Yakupov is an elite prospect that should be the top choice in next year's NHL Entry Draft.

Nail Yakupov was drafted 2nd overall in the CHL Import Draft in 2010 by the Sarina Sting and he didn't disappoint. He won Rookie of the Year for the whole Canadian Hockey League by putting up 49 goals and 101 points in 65 games. Yakupov also broke the Sting's rookie goal scoring record formerly held by Steven Stamkos. Yakupov is a flashy player, but he doesn't shy away from the rough stuff and one of the reasons he chose to come to Canada was for its tough, physical brand of hockey.

So far to start the 2011-12 season Yakupov has been on fire putting up 25 points in the first 10 games. He is currently on pace for 48 goals, 122 assists and 170 points and has done all this without his linemate and roommate, Alex Galchenyuk, who has been injured. Galechenyuk is another top prospect that should be a top pick in June. They are a deadly combo together, which makes it even more shocking that Yakupov is playing so well without him.

It's going to be fun watching Yakupov at the World Juniors this year. If we weren't already looking forward to the Russia vs Canada game, having Yakupov in the game will just add more excitement. Until then, enjoy the Nail Yakupov Show. 


  1. I would like him a lot more if he wasn't Russian.

  2. samesies, haven't seen him play much, but I like that he's a little physical

  3. So that's why he's so small in NHL 12...

  4. Pretty sick player. Looks like the Sens have a pretty good chance at getting him come June.
    What's up with the brutal song for the clip..lol

  5. This kid looks like he's going to be awesome. I really hope Colorado tanks out so Washington can get a good chance at him (with the Varlamov trade pick)...come on Ovy/Yakupov!

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  7. I love the way he plays, I just hope he doesn't burnout before he is in his prime!

  8. Dear Columbus,

    Please get your shit together. This player belongs to the Senators.


  9. Only concern about Nail is his size given the way he plays the game in my opinion. He doesn't quite have the edge that Ovie has but he has the intensity of Hall and throws a few more hits.

    I tend to shy away from players like Taylor Hall when it comes to pool selections as he goes crashing into the boards too much. I always expect him to wind up on IR for half the season wasting my pick.

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