Atlant (8-9-3) takes on Neftekhimik (11-5-3) today in KHL action. Nail Yakupov has been an integral part of the team since arriving, one goal from the team lead despite playing in only half of Neftekhimik’s games.
Yakupov’s current numbers (10, 6-2-8) compare well to other 18-year old Russians from the last lockout season (04-05):
- Alexander Ovechkin (18) 37, 13-14-27 .730
- Evgeni Malkin (18) 52, 12-20-32 .615
- Viktor Alexandrov (18) 50, 8-10-18 .360
- Enver Lisin (18) 53, 8-4-12 .226
Those are RSL numbers, the KHL is most certainly a better league. It is early, but this kid is good, real good.
In college play last night, Jujhar Khaira had an assist in a loss for Michigan Tech; Joey Laleggia scored a PP goal for Denver in the same game. Kyle Bigos is still out for Merrimack; Dillon Simpson had an assist for UND in a win and John McCarron got an assist for Cornell in their season debut.
- Tobias Rieder (Kitchener) 12, 5-10-15
- David Musil (Vancouver) 12, 2-6-8
- Mitch Moroz (Edmonton) 13, 2-5-7
- Daniil Zharkov (Belleville) 12, 4-2-6
- Travis Ewanyk (Edmonton) 13, 2-2-4
A few words on OKC this morning. The club didn’t have a good game against Houston, and I think the blue was exposed to the point where management badly needs to add help at the position. They have too many forwards as it is, so perhaps a Mark Arcobello for AHL veteran defender deal could be in the works.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins left the game but did not return. Terry Jones tweeted after the game: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins took a stick to the face. Getting dental work. No lost teeth. Pushed back. Dimple appears to be fine, girls.
Despite a strong offensive showing from Magnus Paajarvi (and Justin Schultz), the star of the game from an Oiler perspective might have been Colten Teubert. The big defender took Brett Bulmer out behind the woodshed and taught him the facts of life after the big forward rocked Justin Schultz with a late hit.