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Kovalchuk, Yakupov earn KHL monthly honors

Nov 5, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

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If it wasn’t for the lockout, Ilya Kovalchuk would probably be the New Jersey Devils’ top scorer and Nail Yakupov might already be making his case for the Calder Trophy. As it is, both are excelling in the KHL.

Kovalchuk was recently selected as the KHL’s player of the month and Yakupov was the top rookie for October, according to Chris Johnston.

Kovalchuk already has nine goals and 26 points in just 16 games with St. Petersburg. He’s easily leading the team in points, but St. Louis prospect and current teammate Vladimir Tarasenko has one more goal despite playing in three less games.

The fact that Kovalchuk decided to spend the lockout in Russia isn’t surprising, especially when you remember that he did the same thing in 2004-05, but Yakupov’s decision to play for Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik over the Sarnia Sting in the OHL was perhaps a little unexpected.

Yakupov has been great in the KHL with 10 goals and 14 points in just 13 games. He’s expected to make the jump straight to the Edmonton Oilers when the lockout ends.

  1. blomfeld - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Great article Dadoun ! My only knock is that you didn’t provide an update on the Novosibirsk Reactors as well ? Anyway, thanks all the same man.

  2. blomfeld - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Perhaps Booth Isn’t So Tough After All ?

    With all due to respect to NBC and PHT here, I’ve just been supplied with the following footage of “big man” David Booth hunting defenseless animals here in British Columbia ! You’ll note in this video friends, how the big “hero” cowardly uses the cover of his own vehicle as protection against a young and unassuming teenage bear.

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