He came. He saw. He conquered.
And now Nail Yakupov has been named the Canadian Hockey League’s BMO Rookie of the Year.
Yakupov was previously named the Emms Family Award as the Ontario Hockey League’s top rookie after firing 49 goals and 101 points in 65 games this season.
The native of Nizhnekamsk, RU finished fifth in OHL scoring and became just the fifth OHL rookie to break the 100-point plateau, joining David Legwand, Sheldon Keefe and then teammates Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner.
The Sarnia Sting standout also set a new franchise record for goals and points by a rookie, besting current Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos’ 42 goals and 92 points in 2006/07.
Yakupov is just 17-years-old and isn’t eligible for the NHL Entry Draft until 2012.
Yakupov beat out Red Deer Rebel Matt Dumba and Charles Hudon of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
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