Tempering expectations for Nail Yakupov 

November, 13, 2012

Nail YakupovDave Sandford/NHLI/Getty ImagesNail Yakupov will face the amplified hype of being a No. 1 overall pick in the NHL.
SARNIA, Ontario -- For most of Monday evening's Super Series game against the OHL's best, Nail Yakupov had very little space on the ice. No moment better demonstrated that than when Washington Capitals prospect Tom Wilson lined up Yakupov in open ice, sending him onto his rear and breaking his helmet.

"That was nothing tough. It's OK," Yakupov said after the OHL's 2-1 win. "It's hockey out there."