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Yakupov and Huberdeau tie for rookie scoring title

Apr 28, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

Nail Yakupov AP

The race for the rookie scoring title came down to a race between Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov and Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau and both closed out the year in big ways. They also closed it out tied atop the stat board.

Huberdeau tallied three assists for Florida as the Panthers cruised to a 5-3 win over rival Tampa Bay. He assisted on both of Tomas Fleischmann‘s goals as well as Marcel Goc‘s empty netter that sealed the victory. The three helpers gave him 17 on the year and 31 points in all.

Yakupov did things in much grander fashion scoring his first career hat trick in helping the Oilers beat and frustrate Roberto Luongo and the Canucks 7-2. All three goals came during Edmonton’s six-goal outburst in the third period that blew things wide open and caused Luongo to blow off reporters following the game.

The three goals gave Yakupov 17 on the year to win the rookie goal-scoring title but tied him with Huberdeau in points. Both players have compelling cases for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. They’ll be competing with the likes of Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, Cory Conacher, and Jonas Brodin for that award.

Here’s video of Yakupov’s hat trick last night in case you missed it:

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Hope yakupov doesn’t get it, he’s annoying

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Yeah, I know, he enjoys playing hockey and still has enthusiasm, so annoying.

  2. mclovinhockey - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Last year Matt read lead the rookies in goals. I don’t even think he was nominated.

    In my opinion, Galagher has been working way too hard to be passed over. He is a grinder who is putting up great numbers and great work ethic.

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Jonathan Superbro did it with less. He’s earned the Calder.

  4. jkulha86 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Both are deserving, but I’d go with Huberdeau. Either way both have bright futures in the NHL.

  5. ray2013 - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    In Edmonton, they were actually talking about Brodin being the candidate for ROY, to play as much as he did for a playoff team is just as valuable as winning some meaningless scoring title that awards no trophy.

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