The Russians came out like Georgy Zhukov with attitude in game one, with our Russian Nail Yakupov scoring a tremendous goal scorer’s goal, adding an assist and generally looking like genuine ridiculous talent.
I don’t think we’ll know what they hell we’ve got for some time, hell I don’t think we’re absolutely certain about Nuge or Taylor Hall. However, the signs are just so good.
We get another glimpse of the future tonight. And not just for the Oilers. In game 1, Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Maxim Shalunov, Mikhail Naumenkov, Valentin Zykov and Alexander Khokhlachev each scored for Russia and the team looks exceptional. 2013 eligible Valeri Nichushkin plays tonight.
The Q will make a better show of it tonight, but the Russians look strong this year. Nathan MacKinnon will play with Jonathan Drouin and William Carrier, that info courtesy Bob McKenzie. Zharkov gets his chance tomorrow night.