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Central Scouting supports “Fail For Nail” listing Yakupov first overall

Nov 17, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

Nail Yakupov

‘Tis the season for draft rankings to come out and while we saw ISS’ list yesterday, the big kahuna of lists comes from Central Scouting and theirs were released today. Sitting atop Central Scouting’s prospect list for the 2012 NHL Draft was none other than Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov.

Yakupov’s talents are already inspiring fans of losing teams to want their teams to keep losing to land the best shot at getting Yakupov in the draft set to be in Pittsburgh in June. “Fail For Nail” is our own fun version of “Suck For Luck” in the NFL. Yakupov topping Central Scouting’s list differs from the ISS rankings that had QMJHL Quebec Remparts star forward Mikhail Grigorenko as their top prospect.

Whether you want your team to “Fail For Nail” or go “Stinko For Grigorenko” is purely up to you, but the bulk of the buzz centers around Yakupov.

Also hitting the top of Central Scouting’s list is WHL Everett Silvertips top defenseman Ryan Murray. Murray is the top defensive prospect in the draft and a kid that’s likely to shine when he turns pro. He’s been hyped up since he was 16 playing for Everett and the high opinions of him grow.

Elsewhere, defenseman Jacob Trouba is the top prospect from the USNTDP while the top prospect from the USHL is the fantastically named Zemgus Girgensons. We’re rooting for him based on name alone.

If you’re looking for goalie prospects to keep an eye on, P.K. Subban‘s brother Malcolm Subban is one of the top prospects out of the OHL while Andrey Makarov is worth watching out of the WHL.

This is all gibberish to most of you for now, but when next June rolls around and we throw a pop quiz at you, you should all have these names down by then. The spelling bee for Zemgus Girgensons alone will be half your grade. Be ready.

(Photo courtesy: Sarnia Sting)

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Suck for Luck. Fail for Nail. Creative play on words.

  2. matty11kat - Nov 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    You do realize it’s pronounced “Nah-yil,” not “Nail,” right?

  3. lapsncaps - Nov 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    With the way the Avs have fallen these past few weeks, if they keep it up the will really “fail” in the lottery. The idea of getting “Seguined” will not bode well for them in the mountain-town even if their team does turn it around in the next few years with Varly at the helm.

  4. east96st - Nov 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    At this point in the season we know two things 1) It will probably be the Jackets that pick first 2) they will definitely make the wrong pick.

    • govtminion - Nov 17, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      I find myself nodding in agreement on both counts. “With the first pick in the NHL draft, we select a half-empty bag of pucks and an old Joe Sakic T-shirt.”

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