Nail Yakupov scored his first two goals in the best league on the planet the other day. He also impacted the shootout. How good is he right now?

We have the entire season to find out but early results are encouraging. The game is on now and you can follow the action (stats wise) here.

Can he score 20? He’s on track to do it and more, but it is early. He’s also on track to shoot about 275 times (if the KHL had an 82 game schedule).

It’s early. This is pretty bloody exciting. We wait.

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14 Responses to "NEFTEKHIMIK V SALAVAT YULAEV 5.10.12"

  1. Jonathan Willis says:

    Not a great first period for Yakupov, who got caught on for a goal against (he went to the shooting lane to block the initial shot, but it got past him and was subsequently hammered in by Igor Mirnov). Still, he’s been noticeable – stripping the puck carrier at center ice twice and carrying the puck in, and even defensively was the first man back and helped break up an opposition rush.

  2. Jonathan Willis says:

    And Yakupov scores again. Unbelievable shot from the high slot – no hesitation, picked the top corner.

  3. Chunklets says:

    He can shoot, he backchecks… I’m liking this fellow more and more every day!

  4. BrazilianOil says:

    game audience: 7.000

  5. jake70 says:

    JW, what are you watching? KHL Center Ice?

  6. Truth says:

    It seems Yakupov creates a chance every time he’s on the ice. Most times in his teams favour, sometimes not. Made a few nice plays and passes that ended in good scoring chances in the third but also tried to do a little too much in one instance in the corner which ended in a goal for the opposition.

    He has no problem dictating the play though, which I believe is a good sign at his age in this league.

  7. MrSmitty says:

    Looks like Eberle and the Nuge are healthy scratches for tonights preseason game.

  8. Lois Lowe says:

    Nuggles and the Eb are locks to make the team so it makes more sense to give the bubble players more ice time.

  9. Kris11 says:

    The Nuge sucks. He can’t even make an AHL preseason squad.

    We should’ve drafted Huberdeau.

  10. Kris11 says:


    “Nayeel yeKOOOpf” could be slightly better than Rowbert Nilsson.

  11. bookje says:

    This is great, the lockout really gives him a chance to feel what it is like being a hometown hero with huge success in the KHL. This way, he will always have that knowledge with him whenever somebody in Edmonton boo’s him or when he has a bad week or something. I hope they have rats in their dressing room and terrible food or something.

  12. Lucinius says:

    Its okay, Bookje, they have Russian aviation.

  13. jake70 says:

    Looks like Sportsnet One will air a few AHL games this year…..

    Sportsnet to air AHL games
    October 4, 2012

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League and Sportsnet, entering the second year of a five-year relationship, announced today that Sportsnet will begin coverage of the AHL’s 77th season with three live, national Saturday night broadcasts this month.

    On Oct. 13, the defending Western Conference champion Toronto Marlies (top affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs) will host the Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres) at 5 p.m. ET.

    Then on Oct. 20, it’s an AHL doubleheader as the Marlies host the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens) at 7 p.m. ET and the Chicago Wolves (Vancouver Canucks) visit the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) at 10 p.m. ET.

    All three games will air live across Canada in high definition on Sportsnet ONE. Hockey Central host Jeff Marek will be joined by analysts Brad May and John Shannon for pre-game and intermission analysis. Joe Bowen, Greg Millen and Paul Hendrick will provide the call from Toronto, while Rob Kerr, Charlie Simmer, John Garrett and Roger Millions bring home the action from Abbotsford.

  14. Danenbaum says:

    Here’s a link to Yakupov’s 3rd KHL goal:

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