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Name: Mikhail YakubovFlorida Panthers (#10/2000 NHL Draft)

Rating: 76
Height: 192cm/6'4"
Weight: 95kg/209.0 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1982-02-16
Birthplace: Barnaul, Russia

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Evaluation: Maxim Trunev (Montreal Canadiens) (Montreal Canadiens) (10/23/2009)
Chicago Blackhawks are Taking Spartak's Forward Yakubov (11/30/2005)
After Siberia, just how hard can the AHL playoffs be? (Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks) (04/21/2005)
For European Admirals, lessons aren’t limited to Scope’s ice (Babchuk, Vorobiev, Yakubov - Chicago Blackhaws) (02/02/2005)
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11/30/2005 Mikhail Yakubov coming back to Chicago

Russian Super League -  The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that the club has come to terms with restricted free agent Mikhail Yakubov, who has spent the season thus far skating in Russia for Moscow RSL club Spartak. Thus far, the young forward has 12 points (5 goals and 7 assists) in 29 games, ranking fourth on the squad in overall scoring, goals and assists. Yakubov has already left Russia and is expected to join Chicago’s lineup some time next week.
06/17/2005 Mikhail Yakubov (Chicago Blackhawks) signs lockout deal in Russia
03/05/2004 Pavel Vorobiev and Mikhail Yakubov recalled, Anton Babchuk sent down by Chicago Blackhawks
11/29/2003 Chicago Blackhawks prospect Mikhail Yakubov made his NHL debut yesterday for the injury plagued Blackhawks.
Scouting Evaluations:
Evaluation: Maxim Trunev (Montreal Canadiens) (Montreal Canadiens)
Talent Analysis:
Mikhail Yakubov has excellent size complemented by an impressive array of skills. Physically, he still has not filled in his large frame, though a season in the juniors has helped to bulk him up. Mikhail has great puck handling skills. He is a maneuverable skater, who moves well through traffic. However, Mikhail is not especially fast. His shot has improved over the past season, but he still needs to work on its precision and crispness. Mikhail is a creative player and does not suffer from tunnel vision, always looking for his line mates and trying to create something. However, while playing in the Super League during the 2000-01 season, he showed signs of immaturity, often not able to understand his more experienced line mates and dispatching passes into empty space. While not leading to great productivity, Mikhail’s attempts to make a pass instead of simply
Back In Russia:
Mikhail Yakubov was widely expected to play in Lada Togliatti’s main lineup during the 2000-01 season, right after being drafted. This however, never materialized, as Mikhail warmed the bench for most of the season, appearing mainly on the fourth line. Towards the end of the season he did get his chances to play on the first line, as Lada Togliatti was in short supply of capable centers. His lack of physical strength clearly showed as he was unable to compete with older veterans, especially in the playoffs. His lack of experience also hurt him as he prone to making erroneous passes. However, the experience was valuable for Mikhail, as he got to play with veteran players at a very high level of hockey. Mikhail also spent a large portion of the season with Lada’s junior farm team, Lada -2, and scored 31 points (12+19) in 26 games.< br>
The lack of ice time Mikhail received in Togliatti was an unacceptable turn of events for Chicago Blackhawks, the NHL team that used it’s first pick to draft Mikhail in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The team brought Mikhail over to the 2001 Blackhawks rookie camp where he looked to be somewhat out of shape and took a little while to adjust to the new surroundings. After the rookie camp, Chicago’s management signed Mikhail to a contract and sent him to the junior leagues to adjust and refine his game in the North American surroundings. During the 2001-02 season, Mikhail was one of the most dominant players in the OHL, playing in the OHL All Star game and leading the Red Deer Rebels with 89 (32g 57a) points during the regular season and 23 points (14g 9a) in the playoffs. His inspired performance proved that Chicago made the right move by removing Mikhail from the deteriorating situation in Togliatti. Mikhail was named to the CHL’s 2002 second All Star team and to the CHL’s 2002 All-rookie team. After the conclusion of the 2001-02 CHL season, Mikhail was moved to Norfolk and played his first games in the AHL. He did not get much ice time or score any points, but this was Mikhail’s first experience in playing in a professional North American league.

He was also acknowledged as the best overall player in the 2000 Five Nations tournament in Switzerland, placing second in points with 5 (3+2) in four games. In the U18 2000 World Junior Championships, Mikhail once again delivered a great performance, scoring 6 points (1+5) in six games and earning an impressive +6 rating. Mikhail did not play well at the 2001 U20 World Junior Championships in Moscow. His play forced the Russian coach to relegate him to the team’s third and fourth lines and he received very little ice time towards the end of the tournament. Mikhail was eligible for the 2002 U20 World Junior Championships, but did not participate, remaining in North America.
NHL Outlook:
In the 2000 Entry Draft Mikhail was expected to be selected amongst the first 10 players. However, after Boston, Tampa Bay and Calgary all made unexpected selections, he was still available to Chicago with their 10th pick, who expected to select Pavel Vorobiev with their 10th or 11th pick and trade away the other for multiple picks in later rounds. Blackhawks General Manager Mike Smith could not pass up the opportunity and selected Mikhail Yakubov with his 10th pick and Pavel Vorobiev with the 11th. After the season that followed the 2000 NHL Entry Draft came to a close, Mikhail’s development appeared to be derailed. However, since arriving in North America, Mikhail has returned to form and began to show the ability and talent that made him the 10th overall pick. He still has not competed against professional players for more then a few games and the next season will be pivotal in Mikhail’s development. After adjusting to the North America, he will now have to adjust to playing against professional athletes. Chicago will likely sent Mikhail to Norfolk of the AHL for the 2002-03 season and he may be called up on some occasions to fill in for an injured NHLer. If the 02-03 season goes as planned, Mikhail will be ready to make an impact in the NHL in 2003.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Severstal (Cherepovets) KHL (Reg.)56 7 8 15 48 0
2007-08 Severstal (Cherepovets) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Severstal (Cherepovets) Super League (Reg.)55 4 12 16 52 -3
2006-07 Severstal (Cherpovets) Super League (Reg.)51 6 14 20 109 -2
2005-06 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Norfolk Admirals AHL (Reg.)36 8 10 18 33 -1
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL (Playoffs)8 0 3 3 2 -2
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL (Reg.)5 1 3 4 0 -
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL (Juniors)16 0 5 5 4 -1
2002-03 Norfolk Admirals AHL (Reg.)62 6 5 11 36 -
2001-02 Red Deer WHL (Playoffs)23 14 9 23 28 -
2001-02 Red Deer WHL (Reg.)48 18 48 66 26 -
2000-01 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 0 -
2000-01 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)26 0 0 0 4 -
2000-01 U20 Team Russia U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)7 0 1 1 6 2
2000-01 Team Russia 82 Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)4 2 1 3 0 -
1999-00 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)35 12 12 24 34 -
1999-00 Team Russia 82 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 3 2 5 4 2
1999-00 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 1 5 6 2 8
1998-99 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)38 11 4 15 34 -
1997-98 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)7 0 0 0 0 -
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