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Once banned, Yakupov earns KHL honor

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08:34 AM ET 10.09 | What a difference a week makes. Last week, Nail Yakupov was banned from playing in the KHL. This week, he's winning the league's weekly award that goes to the top rookie. Been quite the last few days for the Edmonton Oilers forward, the top pick in the 2012 NHL draft. Yakupov scored three goals in two games for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk last week and averaged nearly 18 minutes of ice time. The goals were Yakupov's first points in the KHL. The KHL had banned Yakupov, who played with the OHL's Sarnia Sting the last two years, from playing because the league hadn't received his transfer paperwork. The situation was resolved when Hockey Canada agreed to sign his transfer.

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October 9, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Try saying that name 5 times, fast. Okay...try pronouncing it just once.

October 9, 2012  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Neftekhimik NizhnekamskTry saying that name 5 times, fast. Okay...try pronouncing it just once.

N Squared. Easy.

October 9, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Try saying that name 5 times, fast. Okay...try pronouncing it just once.

I feel sorry for the equipment manager.

October 9, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

N Squared. Easy.

hey...watch that "Squared" stuff!

October 9, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Neftekhimik NizhnekamskTry saying that name 5 times, fast. Okay...try pronouncing it just once.

But if say his name right, doesn't he go back to the 5th Dimension?

October 9, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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But if say his name right, doesn't he go back to the 5th Dimension?

The Age of Aquarius?

October 9, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Neftekhimik NizhnekamskTry saying that name 5 times, fast. Okay...try pronouncing it just once.

I think if you build up your armies in "Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk" while playing Risk you have a good shot at taking Asia ;-)

October 9, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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I think if you build up your armies in "Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk" while playing Risk you have a good shot at taking Asia ;-)

I loved that game as a kid

October 9, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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The Age of Aquarius?

if he gets there, there will be One Less bell to answer

October 9, 2012  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

if he gets there, there will be One Less bell to answer

and he'll be Up, Up, and Away.

October 9, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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I loved that game as a kid

We used to stick the board under a bed when it got to late. I only found out in my twenties that Dad would sneak after i went to school and add a few armies to his strong holds ;-)

October 9, 2012  02:57 PM ET
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I feel sorry for the equipment manager.

Don't be...at least he's still one that's working.

October 9, 2012  02:59 PM ET
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and he'll be Up, Up, and Away.

Is he the guy taking that dive from space to the earth today then?

October 9, 2012  03:58 PM ET
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Is he the guy taking that dive from space to the earth today then?

the cancelled that by the way...too much wind
What a jerk...even David Blaine makes fun of that guy

October 9, 2012  04:08 PM ET
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We used to stick the board under a bed when it got to late. I only found out in my twenties that Dad would sneak after i went to school and add a few armies to his strong holds ;-)

hahahahaha classic

October 9, 2012  04:15 PM ET
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We used to stick the board under a bed when it got to late. I only found out in my twenties that Dad would sneak after i went to school and add a few armies to his strong holds ;-)

I'll bet your Dad could have gotten away with it even if you were still at home! And, I mean that in the nicest way Harry. :-)

 
October 9, 2012  10:46 PM ET

So funny story. For obvious Bettass reason's i haven't been paying that close attention to hockey and my league drafted on Saturday. i auto drafted. Looked on Sunday and had no idea who this kid was. Doesn't look so bad now.

I'm sure Buttman will continue to lock everyone out, but if the NHL comes back this kid looks promising.

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