Monday, April 9, 2012

Yakupov tops Central Scouting's final rankings - - 2012 NHL Draft

While I'm tirelessly striving to finalize The Hockey Spy's NHL 2012 Draft Rankings, NHL Central Scouting released their final rankings at a curious time - the World Juniors U18s are playing out and the CHL playoffs in full force.

Yakupov tops Central Scouting's final rankings - - 2012 NHL Draft:

"It should come as no surprise that right wing Nail Yakupov of the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting has been tabbed the top North American skater eligible for 2012 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting. Yakupov, 18, was the top prospect on Central Scouting's preliminary list of the top 25 skaters from the OHL in November and was regarded as the No. 1 North American skater on January's mid-term report. Yakupov has done nothing to disappoint the scouts this season.
"His first step and ability to control bouncing pucks, knock them down and make a play are the best of any of the guys in the draft," said Central Scouting's Chris Edwards. "He really gets up to top speed very quickly and his hands are outstanding. Like Pavel Bure, Yakupov is dangerous every shift. He may not have been dominant on every shift like Bure was, but he created something every shift … you have to be aware where he is on the ice all the time.""

Full article and for NHL Central Scouting Bureau's Final Rankings:
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