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Nail Yakupov | Winger

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/6/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 184
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Nail Yakupov had an assist in Edmonton's 3-2 victory on Monday.
Yakupov snapped a three-game pointless slump. The Oilers have gotten off to a slow start and Yakupov's no exception, but he's worth keeping an eye on because he could end up bouncing back from his rough 2013-14 campaign. Oct 21 - 8:57 AM

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Nail Yakupov notched a goal for the Oilers, who fell 5-4 in the shootout against the Canucks on Saturday night.

A good sign for the Oilers, who saw Yakupov become a major liability in his second season in the NHL. He has two points on the year, after putting up just 24 in 63 games last season. The talent is there; it remains to be seen whether the overall commitment is, too. Mark Arcobello had a goal and an assist, while Brad Hunt and Jesse Joensuu picked up the other goals. Teddy Purcell and David Perron each had two helpers.
Oct 12 - 1:35 AM

Nail Yakupov lit the lamp for the Oilers in their 3-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday night.

Yakupov is looking to bounce back from a disappointing campaign in which he scored just 11 goals and recorded 24 points, decreases across the board from his rookie season. He also finished a minus-33. Will Acton had the other marker. Ben Scrivens was lousy in net, making just 15 saves.
Oct 5 - 12:35 AM

Nail Yakupov has impressed coach Dallas Eakins with his defensive awareness during training camp.

"He's come such a long way. there were times last year where there was maybe a misunderstanding of where he should be in the D zone," Eakins said. "But I have no qualms about him in our defensive zone this year. He's learned a ton. He continues to ask questions. His relationship with our staff is amazing. I don't think we have to worry too much about the amount of D zone starts Yak gets. He can play in his own end, he's shown that through camp." That bodes well for the offensively talented Yakupov who Eakins thinks could line up on the second unit with Leon Draisaitl who will get him the puck. Forget about Yakupov's season in 2013-14 and consider him a 50-60 point player with a better plus/minus.
Oct 4 - 6:53 AM

Although the Edmonton Oilers suffered a 5-0 loss to Chicago on Sunday, Nail Yakupov looked good.

"He was so responsible, really responsible without the puck, made some really good plays with it and had some chances," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said of Yakupov. "He wasn't rewarded, but I really liked his game." It's just the preseason, but it's still encouraging to hear Eakins praise Yakupov after the rough 2013-14 campaign he endured. Yakupov has a ton of offensive upside and he's not a bad late round gamble.
Sep 29 - 10:21 AM

Nail Yakupov will play alongside Leon Draisaitl and David Perron on Sunday.

The Oilers are in Saskatoon to take on the Chicago Blackhawks and Yakupov will certainly be on a potentially offensive line as Perron is a scorer while Draisaitl has a boatload of offensive talent after being drafted third overall in 2014. Yakupov also has tremendous upside offensively and after a horrible 2013-14 season, where scored only 11 goals and 24 points with a disastrous minus-33 rating, he will look to turn it around 180 degrees this season.
Sep 28 - 7:26 AM

Nail Yakupov is upbeat as training camp gets underway.

"I feel much better than I did last year," Yakupov said. "I came here to Edmonton earlier this year and I've been training here for a while. I'm happy to be here and I'm happy to see everyone here. I'm ready to turn the page. I think we have the people to have a great season here. We'll see what happens." Yakupov struggled last season after being taken with the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. That's caused some fantasy owners to sour on him, but he's still worth a late round draft pick in standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 10:38 AM

Nail Yakupov will look to put last year's troubles behind him and find a way to help the Oilers this season after a sophomore slump of major proportions.

A promising rookie season in 2012 brought on high hopes for the teenage Russian star, but Yakupov failed to find the net often last year and was a major liability on defense. To go with his meagre 24 points and -33 rating, a cold war raged throughout the year with his coach Dallas Eakins. Trade rumors, negative comments in the media and visits from Yakupov’s agent to Edmonton created an off-ice circus to go along with Yakupov's on-ice troubles. But considering the elite, breathtaking skill level of the 5'11, 184 pound forward, a bounce back season is more likely than not.
Aug 17 - 4:34 PM

Nail Yakupov will switch from No. 64 to 10 in 2014-15.

Yakupov has traditionally worn No. 10 in honor of Pavel Bure, but he couldn't use the number when the Oilers' drafted him because Shawn Horcoff had it. When Horcoff was traded to the Dallas Stars, he gave Yakupov his blessing to take his number, but Yakupov wanted to allow some time to pass before taking him up on that offer. "I said, 'Horc, no offense, but the fans are going to miss you and they know you played with No. 10 for a long time, so I'll wait a little bit and then I'll take it,'" Yakupov said.
Jul 30 - 9:32 AM

Nail Yakupov has returned from Russia to spend some time training in Edmonton before the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Yakupov's sophomore season went so poorly that it led some to question if the 2012 first overall pick would be able to last in the NHL. "I'm going to be doing some different things this year," Yakupov said. "I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come." He's still just 20 years old and it's way too early to give up on him. It wouldn't be shocking if he takes a significant step forward in 2014-15.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 29 - 10:07 PM

Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins insisted again this week that there isn't a rift between him and 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.

"My relationship with Nail is a great one," Eakins told The Fan 590 on Monday. "That's why I kind of chuckle with the way it gets drawn out in the media. You take a kid out of the lineup and suddenly there's a big fight going on. Well, there's no fight. Nail understood what was going on." Yakupov was a health scratch during his sophomore campaign, mostly due to his defensive struggles. His production also slipped to 11 goals and 24 points after he recorded 17 goals and 31 points during the lockout-shortened season. Eakins said, "I'm very hopeful and fairly confident that he's gonna have a great rebound year."
May 26 - 4:22 PM

Even though he is likely healthy enough, the Edmonton Oilers will not let Nail Yakupov play this week.

Since the season will end on the weekend for the Oilers, the very disappointing season is over for the first overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Yakupov has just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games as his season has been cut short by an ankle injury. "I'm going to work hard and do my best and see what happens. I can't say anything special, like 'You gotta wait to see this.' And 'I'm going to do this.', Yakupov said when asked about next season. "That's not for me and I'm not talking that way. I'm going to work hard. And that's it." Expect more from Yakupov next season as he had 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games as a rookie.
Apr 8 - 8:32 AM

Nail Yakupov (ankle) is probably done for the season.

That would bring the end to his disappointing sophomore campaign. The 2012 first overall pick had just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games last season. He's worth gambling on as a late round pick in standard league drafts next season.
Apr 4 - 2:55 PM

Nail Yakupov (ankle) missed Monday's practice.

Yakupov has been out for three straight games. It would be a bit surprising if he ended up returning for Tuesday's contest.
Mar 25 - 9:40 AM

Nail Yakupov (ankle) is unlikely to return on Thursday.

Yakupov missed Tuesday's game due to the ailment. Plenty of players endure sophomore slumps, but even by those standards, Yakupov's campaign has been a disaster. He has just 24 points and a minus-33 rating in 63 games.
Mar 20 - 8:52 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Leon Draisaitl
3Anton Lander
4Boyd Gordon
5Mark Arcobello
6Will Acton
LW1Taylor Hall
2David Perron
3Benoit Pouliot
4Luke Gazdic
5Matt Hendricks
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Jesse Joensuu
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Jeff Petry
4Nikita Nikitin
5Mark Fayne
6Brandon Davidson
7Martin Marincin
8Brad Hunt
G1Ben Scrivens
2Richard Bachman
3Viktor Fasth