2012-13: Selected by Edmonton in 1st round (1st overall) of the NHL Draft; Made NHL debut.
Russian forward playing for Sarnia of the OHL is the top-ranked North American
skater by NHL Central Scouting...Played in just 42 games for the Sting in an
injury-plagued 2011-12 season, but still recorded 31 goals and 69 points...As
a first-year OHLer in 2010-11, Yakupov won the league and CHL rookie of the
year honors after posting 49 goals and 101 points in 69 games...Although
undersized at 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, the winger has a tremendous offensive
skill set and is considered by many to be the best Russian prospect since Alex
Ovechkin...Led Team Russia to a Silver Medal at the 2012 World Junior
Championships, posting nine assists over seven games...Hails from the
Tatarstan region of Russia.