Getty ImagesNail Yakupov, 18, spent the last weekend reaching out to the public as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers: Signing autographs, snapping photographs and humoring members of the media who were interested in what kind of animal he'd fight. (Spoiler: A cat … and a bear.)
That's because Nail Yakupov is a man of the people, especially when it comes to the people on Twitter. His feed, @Nail10_1993, is a collection of one-word tweets, Russian emoticons and random reference to food.
It's also almost completely about fan interaction. It's pretty much one of the coolest, oddest athlete feeds we've seen — imagine an un-jaded Alex Ovechkin with boundless enthusiasm and endless flirtation. Or just imagine Twitter was around in 2005.
Here's a taste of what it's like to Get Nailed on Twitter.
We imagine this feed will sadly change now that Yakupov is an NHLer and has corporate masters to serve.
But until that happens: Please, sir, more Q&As with your adoring public. It will only help your Calder candidacy.