North American Skater
Russia
Nail
Yakupov
POSITION: Right Wing
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 189
LAST CLUB TEAM: Sarnia, OHL
BIRTHDATE: October 6, 1993
MID RANK: 1
HOMETOWN: Nizhnekamsk, RUS
FINAL RANK: 1
BORN IN: Nizhnekamsk, RUS
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards
"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, in my opinion. 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."