Nail Yakupov makes his KHL debut this morning, and we’ll track the game here. He is in the starting lineup and should play quite a bit based on injuries.
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- Yakupov had 4 shots on goal, best (tie) on the club.
- He played 13:49 on 16 shifts.
- Yakupov did have some nice bursts (specifically on a LW rush in the 2nd period).
- Overall, I’d say he did not stand out, but that’s not terribly upsetting based on this being his first game and the other men would have been in training camp long before.
- It looked to me as though he was getting 2line time, his TOI total ranking him 9th on the team.
- I didn’t see him get a lot of PP time.
- His early shifts were too long.