How does Nail Yakupov compare to Taylor Hall? Did he pump his numbers with PP? Did he play on a superior team? Will his rookie season look like Hall’s?
- Taylor Hall EV 57, 22-33-55 (.965)
- Nail Yakupov EV 42, 18-22-40 (.953)
Nail Yakupov’s Sting scored 2.34 EV goals per game (159/68) and Hall’s Spitfires 3.30 EV goals per game (225/68).Since their scoring numbers are similar and Hall’s Windsor club is wildly superior at evens (a goal a game better, lordy) I would say Yakupov’s totals are superior. They were both in on about 25% of their teams even strength goals, but that doesn’t account for Nail’s 42 gp compared to Hall’s 57.
Yakupov may never perform at a superior level in any discipline from this day forth, but allowing for the fact that we don’t have TOI I would suggest the young Russian was the superior EV offensive player in their respective draft years. By enough that we can see it.
- Taylor Hall PP 57, 14-32-46 (.807)
- Nail Yakupov PP 42, 12-16-28 (.667)
Hall has the clear edge here, both in boxcars and points-per game. Hall’s Spitfires were once again better in this area (95 goals in 68 games) and Yakpuov’s Sting (77 goals in 68 games) couldn’t match the firepower. They were in on about the same percentage of team goals when you factor in games missed.
Hall gets the edge on the powerplay. I don’t know that it is as wide a gap as the numbers suggest placed side by side. That Windsor team had far more firepower, and it should and did show up with the man advantage.
- Taylor Hall PK 57, 4-1-5 (.087)
- Nail Yakupov PK 42, 1-0-1 (.024)
Hall’s Spitfies scored 11, Nail’s Sting 7. I don’t know what to say except Hall should be on the Oilers PK.
These are both really good players. I think when you factor in quality of team there’s a case to be made that Yakupov was a better junior scorer. Certainly before the injury. I don”t know that Yakupov can push back defenders like Hall and we’ll have to see about who he finds chem with, but this young man is another elite level talent based on the numbers.
Taylor Hall’s rookie season is likely a solid “line in the sand” for our man Nail.