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Sting's Yakupov back at No. 1 in ISS draft rankings

TSN.ca Staff

2/15/2012 10:58:25 PM

Sarnia Sting winger Nail Yakupov is ranked number one once again, according to the latest rankings by the International Scouting Service.

Yakupov bumped Quebec Remparts winger Mikhail Grigorenko from the top spot after the Russian held the post for three straight months.

In 31 games in the Ontario Hockey League this season, Yakupov has 25 goals and 59 points. The 18-year-old is among the top scorers in the league despite missing a month due to an injury sustained at the World Juniors. Yakupov also missed two games due to a suspension after he skipped the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game on Feb. 1.

Grigorenko, meanwhile, returned to the Remparts lineup on Jan. 21 after missing five games with an ankle injury. Despite missing times, Grigorenko remains 12th in scoring in the QMJHL with 31 goals and 38 assists in 46 games.

Rounding out the top five is Leksands winger Filip Forsberg, USA Under-18 defenceman Jacob Trouba, and Everett Silvertips defenceman Ryan Murray.

Making the biggest jump up the rankings this month was defenceman Brady Skeji, who moved from the 20th position to number 14.

The biggest move down was forward Andreas Athanasiou of the London Knights (OHL), who went from the 13th ranked to 29th.