The WHL's Jamien Yakubowski vs. Connor Honey
Seattle -- Last night I watched the Leafs/Ranger game on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, and Don Cherry was giving Nail Yakupov "the business" for his celebration style in the Coach's Corner. Now I agree with the Ontario native, but how about a high five for the NHL finally getting back to "other" business, right boys?
Last weekend, I went down to Kent to see another "Yak" in action for the Lethbridge Hurricanes against the Seattle Thunderbirds in front of 3,375 end-of-week supporters. So here's another Sportsology "heads up" on a few 2013 Prospect Wingers from Sunday night's game:
You will never see me do a “winners” and “losers” piece. I can do that in 3-5 years but I do have an opinion and I’ve seen a fair amount of players so I will give you my thoughts. So here are a few teams I thought will get the biggest draft day return:
1) The Montreal Canadiens – I loved their draft. Alex Galchenyuk will be that star to lead them into the future and Sebastian Collberg could be his highly skilled linemate! Dalton Thrower and Tim Bozon should be NHLers as well.
Yesterday the Top Prospects had a chance to take batting practice with the Pirates at PNC Park. Nobody had any Sidney Crosby blasts but Jacob Trouba was very good. Nail Yakupov, who never played baseball before yesterday made good contact after he stopped using a split grip. He batted barefoot and ran directly to second base when he hit the ball. Glad to see he took my advice about not hitting with an upper cut! He’s a natural athlete.
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1) Nail Yakupov – 5-11, 190 – RW – Edmonton Oilers – This kid is as tough as nails, literally! He bangs bodies, he will make the tough plays on the ice and he’s a game changer. He’s a franchise player for sure and he has a slick skating style, with a pro shot. He has a different gear to get away from defenders and can score from anywhere on the ice. He talks to his centers a lot trying to get one-timers off the face-off. He can score with players draped over him. He also gets under the opposing players’ skin with some old fashioned trash talking.
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