Thanks to a lightning-quick shot release and a seemingly natural ability to score goals, Nail Yakupov has garnered comparisons to another former Sarnia Sting player who, like Yakupov, was selected first overall in Steven Stamkos.
For all the talented young forwards currently on the Edmonton Oilers roster, Yakupov may be the most offensively gifted of them all.
While comparisons to Stamkos may not be fair to the young Russian, the similarities are already starting to show.
When Yakupov found himself on the ice during power-play situations last season, he demonstrated a devastating one-time shot release, much like the one utilized by Stamkos in Tampa Bay.
Yakupov may not have the breakout second season that Stamkos had, but thanks to an incredibly quick release, and a desire to put up points, "Yak City" should get more than his fair share of goals in the years to come.