Nail Yakupov is back in action today for Neftekhimik. As you know, Yakupov had played in a couple of games and then the long arm of the law stepped in.
Yakupov has averaged 12.5 minutes a night through 2 games, and his most impressive stat so far is the SOG total (7). I don’t think we should expect dominance from the teenage wonder, the KHL was already a good league before the Oveckin’s of the world began stepping off the plane.
At the same age–and during the last lockout–Evgeni Malkin scored 52, 12-20-32. What would be a reasonable total for Yakupov?
I’ve wanted to touch on this lately but keep forgetting. In an interview on Nation Radio awhile back, Andrey Odaschenko pronounced the young Russian’s name “yak-OOO-pov” and he did it again with Jason Gregor recently.
It’s not a big deal, but for me the Russian names have been getting butchered since Segeri Mack-CAR-ov was turned into Sergei MACK-orov. I’d like to pronounce the young man’s name correctly, and since Osadchenko knows better than I do from this point forward when I write Yakupov consider the pronounciation changed.
Now there’s no way I can force you to do this, so we’re on the honor system.