/u/haterbehatin and I were talking in the game thread and we became curious about how Yakupov stacks up, in terms of Games Played, Assists, Goals and Points Per Game, against the other forwards drafted in the 1st round of the 2012 draft. I commented in the Jackets GDT with a table that included the first 5 picks (I had Yak, Galchenyuk, Forsberg, Faksa and Girgensons in the table)...in which I now realize I skipped over Grigorenko because I'm incredibly observant. /u/haterbehatin suggested putting together a table of the rest of the first round forwards, so I figured I'd post that. This is a text post, so no karma earned if that's anyone's concern.
Organized by points rather than draft order
I think it's worth noting that after the 1st round, there are a few players who have been at least a little bit productive in the NHL.
Tierney (drafted 55th) has 10P in 31GP
Paquette (drafted 101st) has 20P in 58G
Griffith (drafted 131st) has 10P in 30GP
Looking at the data, Yak and Gally have been pretty damn close as far as point production goes. In the same number of games played Galchenyuk has 16 more points. I'm not sure of the minutes Gally has gotten over the past 3 seasons, or the people he's played with and whether he did so consistently, but considering the season Yakupov had last year, the turmoil of the team and the linemates he's had, that's not bad at all. The only player with a higher PPG is Forsberg, but Forsberg has played a little under half as many games as both Galchenyuk and Yakupov. Hertl's PPG is also slightly higher than Yak's, but like Forsberg, Hertl has played less NHL games (nearly a season's worth). I think it's also worth noting that Galchenyuk only has 1 more goal than Yakupov, and Yakupov has 14 more than Hertl does, and 18 more than Forsberg (actually, that kind of goal scoring from Hertl and Forsberg is rather impressive).
Say what you will about Yakupov, compared to the other forwards drafted the same year as him, he's right up at the top of the board like he should be. We have to remember this is only his 3rd NHL season, and he's still growing both as a young man and an NHL player. He's also played 7 more games already this season than last, and is 3 points off his rookie/career high of 31 points.
Guess I should cite my source. Used hockeydb.com.