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Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Filip Forsberg and Nail Yakupov

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders

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Filip Forsberg
Leksands, Allsvenskan (Sweden)
Position: RW Shoots: Right
Height: 6'2" Born: 13-Aug-94
Weight: 181 Hometown: Ostervala, SWE
2011-12 GP G A PTS PIM
Leksands 43 8 9 17 33
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Nail Yakupov
Sarnia Sting, OHL
Position: RW Shoots: Left
Height: 5'11" Born: 6-Oct-93
Weight: 190 Hometown: Nizhnekamsk, RUS
2011-12 GP G A PTS PIM
Sarnia 42 31 38 69 30
Unlike many of his draft prospect counterparts, Filip Forsberg did not spend this past season playing in a junior league against players his own age. Despite being one of the youngest players in Sweden’s second highest division, Forsberg still managed to tally 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 43 games for Leksands IF. This past season he was also a member of the gold-medal winning Swedish World Junior Championship team. At 6’2”, 181-pounds, he still has the potential to bulk up some more but the scouts say he has the size and skill to make an impact in the NHL sooner rather than later. Born just one month prior to the cutoff for eligibility in this year’s NHL Draft, Forsberg is one of the youngest players expected to go in the first round.
In 2010-11, his first season in North America, Nail Yakupov tallied 101 points for the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, breaking Steven Stamkos’ franchise record for rookie points. Although injuries limited Yakupov to just 42 games this past season, he still managed to finish second on the Sting with 69 points. Yakupov was also a vital part of the silver-medal winning Russia team at the 2012 World Junior Championships, tying for the tournament lead with nine assists in seven games. Yakupov says his favorite player is former NHLer Pavel Bure and the scouts believe that with his speed and explosiveness, Yakupov’s game resembles that of the six-time NHL All star, but potentially with even more physicality.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Filip Forsberg is a pure shooter and goal scorer. There is one thing this kid likes to do and that’s score goals.

Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting
A leader who shows by example -- I would compare him to Anaheim's Corey Perry a little bit. Has a nose for the net, and often scores the big goals. He's a creative playmaker, good skater with fine straight-ahead speed. He's a right-handed forward with an excellent shot and an effective two-way player with a great winning attitude. Filip's a solid puck carrier with very good puck-handling skills; mature, good size and physically strong. On top of that, he'll sacrifice himself to make the play.

Ryan Strome, Islanders first round pick in 2011
Obviously Nail is very dangerous. He’s very dynamic, and he’s a guy that whenever we played [Sarnia], we just tried to keep the puck out of his hands. He can put the puck in the net, that’s for sure. He’s real fast, and he also likes to throw his weight around a little bit.

Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development

This kid can do it all. Yakupov is certainly an electrifying player that has the ability to bring you out of your seat. He will make the players around him better.

Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
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.
Click here for Islanders 2012 Draft Central's breakdown of the top-50 players available in this year's draft.
Filip Forsberg (left) of Leksands and Nail Yakupov (right) of the
Sarnia Sting are the #2 and #1 ranked draft prospects.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
Round 1 - 4th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 3 -
65th overall
Round 4 -
103rd overall (from BUF)
Round 5 -
125th overall
Round 6 -
155th overall
Round 7 - 185th overall

Islanders last five first-round picks
2011: Ryan Strome (5th overall)
2010: Nino Niederreiter (5th overall)
2009: John Tavares (1st overall)
2008: Josh Bailey (9th overall)
2006: Kyle Okposo (7th overall)

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