Nail Yakupov and the Top 50 Eligible Players for NHL Draft 2012

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Nail Yakupov and the Top 50 Eligible Players for NHL Draft 2012
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The biggest news in the recent 2012 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game was not that Branden Troock scored the game winner for Team Orr against Team Cherry in the final minute of the third period.

It was that top prospect Nail Yakupov did not participate and was suspended for two games.

This shows the type of showcasing already around the best potential prospects. Last season it was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who earned his spot as the first overall selection.

This year it looks like Yakupov will go first, but there are plenty of other top prospects who have the potential to make an impact at the NHL level.

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