Nail Yakupov – Let the Hype Begin

The coming out party for Nail Yakupov happened last season.  Solidifying himself as the best player on the Sarnia Sting, the flashy forward posted 101 points, leading all rookies in scoring by a whopping 18 points – the next closest being linemate, Alex Galchenyuk.  The dynamically offensive winger has been the focal point of much hype during the off-season.  Questions were raised: Can he do it again?  Is he a one-hit wonder?  How many points will he score this season?  Will he be the OHL’s best player?  How high will he get drafted?  Is he better than Ovechkin?
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Buffalo means “Disappointment” in Russian

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It had always been a dream of mine to go to the World Junior Championships to watch some of the best young talent in the world assembled on their respective national teams.  Along with my trip to the games, FRWG is starting a new section of the site that focuses on Russian prospects from around the world, so what better place to start an article than with the Russian National Junior team. 

This event once showcased the likes of Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin who were the last ones to bring Gold for Russia at the World Juniors.  Needless to say, this Russian team had some shoes to fill, considering they organized a lackluster effort the year prior, failing to bring home a medal. 
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