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Tracking Nail Yakupov At The Canada-Russia Tournament

The 2012 Canada-Russia tournament concluded last night in Halifax with great drama. Canada defeated Russia 4-2 in the fourth and final game. The series was tied 2-2, and an overtime was played to determine the winner. Canada’s Ryan Strome was able to sneak the decider behind Russian goaltender Andrei Vasilevski, and there you have your series.

The series was Edmonton prospect Nail Yakupov’s first hockey games in North America outside of a Sarnia Sting sweater. How’d he do?


Very good, in fact.

Yakupov scored four points (1G-3A) in the four game tournament.  That’s a fine statistic on it’s own, but if you were able to catch any of the games, you’d see that we’re all in for a treat whenever Yakupov gets near the puck.  Here are a couple of clips, courtesy of TSN and the Edmonton Oilers website.

Let’s flash back to Game 2 on Friday, when Yakupov made this ridiculous no-look pass to Mikhail Grigorenko  (about :17 of the clip)

I don’t know if you can attend the prestigious Nail Yakupov’s Online Hockey Academy to learn that sort of thing.  That’s a play and a half.  Two plays, even.  Oh, and bury that next time, eh Grigorenko?

Go back to game 1.

Go on and call it next time, why don’t you?  Yakupov unleashes a bullet while Russia is on the power play.  That’s not a goal that was scored from the choicest of areas to shoot from, either.  Not too shabby.

We all think we know what Nail Yakupov will bring to the Oilers if and when the season begins.  If this sort of thing is the meat of the burger,I can’t wait to see what the toppings are like.


Today, we’re expected to hear more about the NHLPA’s proposal that was sent to the league yesterday.  When we hear it, you’ll hear about it.

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