OILERS AT 83: BOGDAN YAKIMOV

Huge Russian center. 6.05. 202 Elite Prospects: Yakimov is a large center with a terrific set of hands. Owns great playmaking ability and vision. Is very hard to knock off the puck.

  • aaaaaPronman: Yakimov had a decent season playing in the second-tier Russian pro league, and he was a final cut from the Russian World Junior squad. He is a big center, measuring in at about 6’5″. He may not have the top-end tools of a typical top Russian prospect, but he is talented and he plays a good power game. His hands are above average, and while he can certainly make some moves and carry the puck into the opposing zone, he is not an overly creative forward. He also has pretty good hockey sense, as he makes quick decisions, sees the ice well, and positions himself effectively. As mentioned, he is a big body player, but he could use some more muscle to fill out and make the most of his frame. Still, he is effective when protecting the puck on the boards, and he will drive the net, making use of his physical assets. His main issue is his skating, as it is below average. His top speed and his first few steps are subpar, and while has shown some improvement, he must continue to progress in that area.

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26 Responses to "OILERS AT 83: BOGDAN YAKIMOV"

  1. Death By Misadventure says:

    Can’t wait to have all 30 7th round picks. :)

    Just kidding. My weak attempt at some humor on what was an otherwise underwhelming day.

  2. Ducey says:

    From HF

    Yakimov is a large center with good two-way abilities. At 6’4″ and 200 pounds, Yakimov has an NHL body which will intrigue more than one scout on the Draft Day. The Nizhnekamsk, Russia native is a player who can play on both scoring and checking lines, another ability usually much appreciated by NHL scouts. On the offensive side, Yakimov can sport a good eye for the pass and even has some scoring ability, but at this point it’s hard to forecast if he has enough offensive upside to play top-6 hockey in the NHL. Yakimov is also still raw and should get a little bit more seasoned before thinking about an eventual move overseas.

  3. striatic says:

    maybe the idea is stacking up on late picks and then drafting skilled Russian Junior and KHL young guys that no one else wants and figuring they can lure them to play with Yakupov in Edmonton?

  4. BONVIE says:

    Hopefully you can shed some light on this pick.

  5. DBO says:

    lh my. another Russian drafted next. Team Russia!!!

  6. magisterrex says:

    The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

  7. RexLibris says:

    Taking skill. Better than taking knuckledraggers.

  8. Spydyr says:

    and another big Russian are they felling guilty about passing on the first bug Russian?

  9. Ribs says:

    Well, there’s one monster.

  10. Ducey says:

    Comes from same place as Yakupov?

  11. Marc says:

    Yes!!!!

  12. skidplate says:

    And another Russian
    Anton Slepyshev

  13. iHockeyWpg says:

    Any idea why there are blank picks at 69,72, and 77?

  14. russ99 says:

    Both Yakimov and Slepyshev? Awesome!!

    Well done, MacT and Stu.

  15. striatic says:

    skidplate: And another Russian
    Anton Slepyshev

    very, very interesting.

  16. Spydyr says:

    They can pick a goalie any time soon

  17. BONVIE says:

    skidplate,

    At least I know lots of Slepshev, I think getting him i the 3rd is good value.

  18. skidplate says:

    Trading 37, IMO is looking pretty good.

  19. Maverick says:

    magisterrex:
    The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

    LOL, I was just thinking that! Well done!!

  20. PerryK says:

    iHockeyWpg:
    Any idea why there are blank picks at 69,72, and 77?

    69

    Buffalo Sabres
    Nicholas Baptiste
    RW
    Sudbury
    70*

    New York Islanders
    Eamon McAdam
    G
    Waterloo
    71*

    Montreal Canadiens
    Connor Crisp
    LW
    Erie
    72

    Philadelphia Flyers
    Tyrell Goulbourne
    LW
    Kelowna
    73*

    New Jersey Devils
    Ryan Kujawinski
    C
    Kingston
    74*

    Chicago Blackhawks
    John Hayden
    C
    USA U-18
    75*

    New York Rangers
    Pavel Buchnevich
    LW
    Cherepovets 2
    76

    New York Islanders
    Taylor Cammarata
    C
    Waterloo
    77*

    Pittsburgh Penguins
    Jake Guentzel
    C
    Sioux City

  21. Maverick says:

    russ99:
    Both Yakimov and Slepyshev? Awesome!!

    Well done, MacT and Stu.

    Good sleeper picks. Really like Slepyshev!

  22. Maverick says:

    PerryK: 69

    Buffalo Sabres
    Nicholas Baptiste
    RW
    Sudbury
    70*

    New York Islanders
    Eamon McAdam
    G
    Waterloo
    71*

    Montreal Canadiens
    Connor Crisp
    LW
    Erie
    72

    Philadelphia Flyers
    Tyrell Goulbourne
    LW
    Kelowna
    73*

    New Jersey Devils
    Ryan Kujawinski
    C
    Kingston
    74*

    Chicago Blackhawks
    John Hayden
    C
    USA U-18
    75*

    New York Rangers
    Pavel Buchnevich
    LW
    Cherepovets 2
    76

    New York Islanders
    Taylor Cammarata
    C
    Waterloo
    77*

    Pittsburgh Penguins
    Jake Guentzel
    C
    Sioux City

    use this site. nhl.com

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftsearch.htm?year=2013&team=&position=&round=3&navid=nhl:topheads

  23. Spydyr says:

    That is three centers now

  24. blackadder says:

    Alexi Mikhinov part 2? Howson and Lowe reliving the glory days.

  25. lacking the apathy says:

    Two yaks in the same orginization? I’m down

  26. Nicholas says:

    http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=4&id=261628&cmpid=embed-share-video

    Raw video interview with Bogdan ‘Bo’ Yakimov. He sounds pretty excited and has some major hero worship for Yakupov. Apparently everyone in Nizhnekamsk are huge Oilers fans now.

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