OHL Player of the Month – Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting
Nail Yakupov led the league in scoring with 29 points in 13 games for the Sarnia Sting producing 11 goals and a league-high 18 assists. He recorded a point in 12 of his 13 games with an impressive nine multi-point games along with the league’s second highest plus-minus rating of plus-13. He claimed OHL and CHL Player of the Week honours for the week ending October 16 where he matched a career-high with four assists October 14 as third star of a 7-2 win over the Saginaw Spirit. Yakupov was recognized as a star of the game seven times in October with four first-star performances including a stretch of three straight games from October 22-29 where he scored seven points in three games. He was also named first star of a 7-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves with two goals and two assists to open the month on October 1.
Yakupov, an 18-year-old Russian native of Nizhnekamsk, is playing in his second OHL season with the Sting and was named the OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year last season. The 2012 NHL Entry Draft prospect currently leads the OHL in scoring with 34 points in 16 games with 12 goals and a league-high 22 assists. Yakupov will also compete for Team Russia in the 2011 SUBWAY Super Series on November 10 in Ottawa, ON.
Kal Tire OHL Rookie of the Month – Artur Gavrus, Owen Sound Attack
Artur Gavrus led all OHL rookies in scoring with 13 points in 11 October games for the Owen Sound Attack scoring eight goals and five assists. He recorded three multi-point games including his first career hat-trick on October 10 in a 6-3 win over the Saginaw Spirit where he was named first star of the game. Gavrus finished October with a six-game point streak.
Gavrus, a 17-year-old from Belarus was selected by the Attack in the first round of the 2011 CHL Import Draft 55th overall. The 2012 NHL Entry Draft prospect has eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 16 games so far this season.
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