Nail Yakupov and his Neftekhimik team are back on the ice today against Slovan. Yak’s impressive start goes beyond the 3GF in 4GP.
Slovan is Bratislava, a legendary team in Slovakia that has been producing talent forever. Vaclav Nedomansky played for them in the mid-60s, Miro Satan plays for them today.
Yakupov has an interesting stat beyond the 3 goals in 4 games, and that is his shot total. With 14 shots in 4gp, the kid is clearly getting into areas where shooting the puck is an option. The KHL plays 54 games–or at least they did last season–and at this rate Yak will have about 190 shots on goal over a full season. Now he won’t get there due to games missed already, but that shot total puts him in a very good range (189 shots over 54 games). Taylor Hall’s 207 shots in 61 games last season is a good comp, although at a higher level.
Anyway, watching these #1 overall picks is a hoot. Beyond getting hurt, it’s an absolute treat to cheer for elite talent. I think we’d forgotten that in Oilerville before Taylor Hall came along.
Farjestad also play today, against Timra. Although Oscar Klefbom’s injury sounds like it is day-to-day, I’d be surprised if he dressed in a game before the weekend.