Based on Jason MacIssac's assesment of Yakupov, he doesn't sound like Malkin to me. And I look at this way: would you trade Niklas Lidstrom in his prime for Malkin? I wouldn't. Larsson may never be as good as Lidstrom, but when that's considered your upside, I wouldn't trade that for anything.
I would defer to Jason's assessment as well. (As I keep saying I'm not an expert by any means).
The Larsson/Lidstrom comparison is one of those comparisons that gets made to virtually any top Swede defensive prospect (same thing was said about Hedman). And really, any top ten defensive prospect seems to get compared to either Lidstrom, Nieds, or Stevens. If he's big and smooth skating he's Lidstrom, if he's skinny and fast he's Nieds, if he's a big hitter, he's Stevens. Yet you rarely see any of them turn into that.
Of course, it's just as lazy as comparing one Russian prospect to another, like I just did.
Edited by Daniel, 10 April 2012 - 09:42 PM.
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