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Yakupov shows early goal-scoring touch in KHL

Oct 27, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

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If his impressive KHL start is any indication, Nail Yakupov is a quick study when it comes to finding the net.

His two-goal performance in Neftekhimik’s 6-5 win against Atlant gives him eight tallies in the still-young KHL season.

(The league’s Twitter page claims he reached the eight-goal mark in 10 games while his player page says it’s 11, but either way that’s an stellar sampling of sniping.)

One might charge the 2012 draft’s top choice with being a little one-dimensional early on – he only has two assists – but that seems like nitpicking at this point. He’s already fired 43 shots on goal, indicating that his knack for finding the net is probably no accident.

Edmonton Oilers fans can be excused for daydreaming of the 1-2 punch that could one day result from Yakupov finishing off Ryan Nugent-Hopkins deft passes.

Regardless, it seems like the young Russian forward is off to a promising start.

  1. valoisvipers - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    This friends is a feel good story as it is nice that a young up and coming star in the NHL is doing well and that hockey is being played . The downside is I am not an Oiler fan and hockey is being played in the KHL not the NHL.
    But don’t dispair folks Blomfeld will recrunch his numbers and say that NHL hockey will be back by mid November or thereabouts with a margin of error of 3 days plus or minus.

  2. capsfan19 - Oct 28, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Ha ha blomfeld is a fool! Yes i said it. His impeccable and impervious methodology for seeking the resumption of this late season is quite amusing!! (Using blomfeld talk here…)
    Quick post a video of elvis, or maybe….. Whitney houston!!

    • id4joey - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      backoff capsfan9. Seriously!

      • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

        no seriously Capsfan … back off !

  3. blomfeld - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Assorted friends …

    In all seriousness, I’m actually not the person who first recognized Bettman’s little caper here for the “charade” that it is. No, that was in fact done by my old friend “Stransky” who is a brilliant physicist and an expert in forensic causation analysis. It was back in January when Stransky stated that a “contrived” NHL labor impasse would be forthcoming this fall, whose purpose was to cunningly camouflage a “hidden agenda” that included among other things, the “elimination” of October & November from the 2012-2013 schedule. At the time I didn’t give it so much thought, as I was completely caught up with our LA Kings and their glorious march to the Cup. It was during the summer however, that I came to realize what Stransky was talking about … and lo and behold, just look at where we are now, eh ?

    Anyway, this morning I’ve again reviewed the data and re-crunched the numbers here and I’m still seeing a “magical” end to this charade being announced during the week of Nov 5 – 10, though it’s now possible that something will happen this coming week, possibly on Thursday or Friday ? We’ll see soon enough friends.

  4. fortwaynekomets - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM


    now bring that F’N talent to the NHL already.

    F U BETTMAN!!!!

  5. id4joey - Oct 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    GB has done nothing wrong here. He is simply the front man for the owners. I’m sure they believe he is doing a great job.

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