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Nail Yakupov
North American Skater
Sarnia, OHL
Final Rank:  1 Midterm Rank:  1
Position:  Right Wing Shoots:  Left
Height:  5' 10" Weight:  189
Born:  October 6, 1993 Hometown:  Nizhnekamsk, RUS
Birthplace:  Nizhnekamsk, RUS
Drafted:  EDM (1st Round / 1st Overall)
• In 2011-12, he recorded 69 points (31-38--69) in 42 games for Sarnia, leading the team with 12 power-play goals and a plus-15 rating in an injury-shortened season.

• Yakupov represented Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championships. He tied for the tournament lead in assists with nine (0-9--9) helping Russia win silver -- he recorded four assists in the semifinal against Canada.

• In 2010-11, he led his team and Ontario Hockey League rookies in scoring with 101 points (49-52--101) in 65 games. It was the most points by a first-year player since Patrick Kane had 145 points in 2006-07. His scoring also surpassed Steven Stamkos' team records for goals (42) and points (92) by a Sarnia rookie. He was named the OHL Rookie of the Year and the Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year last season.

• Yakupov helped lead Russia to a bronze medal at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships recording 13 points (6-7--13) in seven games -- he tallied a hat trick in the bronze-medal game helping Russia defeat Canada 6-4.

• An ethnic Tatar, he hails from the city of Nizhnekamsk, located about 500 miles east of Moscow. His first name, Nail, is Arabic in origin and means “reaching, achieving or gaining success”.

• Yakupov started skating at age three -- “Ever since my mom and dad put Dynamo hockey skates on me all I have known was hockey. A rink was a 10 minute walk from our house, so I spent all my time there."

• He credits his father, who coached him when he was younger, as the biggest influence on his career -- “He has helped me every step of the way so far with advice and encouragement.”

• Former Russian NHL star, Pavel Bure, a player Yakupov has been compared to, is his childhood idol – “I love the way he played. (He was) very explosive, a great skater, very creative and (he) loved to score goals.”

FAVORITES

NHL team: Detroit and Vancouver
NHL player: Pavel Bure, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby
Shootout move: “It’s a secret”
Goal celebration: “I love to celebrate”
Video game: NHL ‘12
TV show: NHL Hockey and Russian TV
Actor: Jason Statham
Website: nhl.com
Activity away from the rink: Hanging out with friends and teammates
Home-cooked meal: Pasta and chicken

 Statistics
Season
Team
League
GP
G
A
P
PIM
2009-2010
NIZHNEKAMSK 2
RUSSIA-JR.
14
4
2
6
26
2010-2011
SARNIA
OHL
65
49
52
101
71
2011-2012
SARNIA
OHL
42
31
38
69
30
2012-2013
NIZHNEKAMSK
RUSSIA
22
10
8
18
33




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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 50 31 17 2 155 115 64
5 SJS 50 27 17 6 139 135 60
6 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 50 27 20 3 144 129 57
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
10 DAL 49 23 19 7 157 159 53
11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 49 17 26 6 113 168 40
14 EDM 50 13 28 9 115 166 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 48 24 24 21 48
A. Steen 46 15 25 7 40
K. Shattenkirk 48 8 32 18 40
J. Schwartz 41 17 21 13 38
D. Backes 47 17 18 6 35
T. Oshie 40 14 16 12 30
J. Lehtera 46 9 21 15 30
A. Pietrangelo 48 4 24 0 28
P. Stastny 40 9 17 6 26
P. Berglund 46 6 10 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 14 5 2 .927 1.95
J. Allen 14 5 2 .902 2.61

 
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