"He's a dominant player and went to the 2011 World Under-18s and was dominant there. He would have arguably been a top-five pick in last year's draft, so he's got all those elements." -- NHL Network analyst Craig Button
Nail Yakupov, who was one of 36 top 2012 prospects on the ice for last week's NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp in Etobicoke, Ont., is that good -- and during an interview with The Team 1260 in Edmonton on Wednesday, Button put the Russian speedster in some pretty special company.
"When you watch him, I don't think there's one singular player that you would say, 'Wow, that's a guy he could be just like,'" Button said. "But his ability to maneuver out of traffic and out of the corners from tight areas reminds you of Pavel Datsyuk. When you watch him explode in his skating, he reminds you of Pavel Bure."