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Nail Yakupov | Winger

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/6/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 197
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Nail Yakupov (groin) returned to action on Saturday.
Yakupov was a minus-one Saturday as the Oilers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Blues. He missed one game with injury. Yakupov has been hot of late with four goals and eight points in his previous eight games as the 21-year-old is showing signs of why he was selected first overall in 2012. Mar 1 - 2:39 AM

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Nail Yakupov will not play on Tuesday due to a tweaked groin.

Oilers coach Todd Nelson described this as a precautionary move and emphasized that Yakupov is just day-to-day. The timing is unfortunate though as Yakupov has been red hot lately with four goals and eight points in his last eight games. With Yakupov unavailable, Matt Fraser is likely to take his spot on the second line with Derek Roy and Teddy Purcell.
Feb 24 - 1:32 PM

Nail Yakupov scored two goals in the Edmonton Oilers` 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets in Winnipeg Monday night.

Yakupov is on a five-game point streak (three goals, three assists). He now has eight goals and 16 points in 58 games this season. He led the Oilers in shots Monday with five. Also scoring goals for the Oilers in this one were Anton Lander (fourth) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (15th).
Feb 16 - 11:29 PM

Nail Yakupov is on a three-game point streak.

Yakupov had an assist in Edmonton's 4-3 overtime victory against Montreal. He has six goals and 16 points in 56 contests in 2014-15. Although he's certainly left plenty to be desired this season, he's still worth keeping an eye on as his modest point streak could be the start of him ending this campaign on a high note.
Feb 13 - 10:58 AM

Nail Yakupov had an assist in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

Yakupov has six goals and 15 points in 55 games this season. That's pretty bad, but after recording a point in back-to-back contests, he's worth keeping an eye on. If he gets hot, he would be worth taking a chance on.
Feb 11 - 11:09 AM

The Edmonton Oilers ended a long power-play drought when Nail Yakupov scored with the man advantage in the second period of their victory Monday night over the Devils in New Jersey.

Yakupov's goal, at 12:45 of the second period, broke a 1-1 tie and turned out to be the game winner for the Oilers. The goal was only the sixth of the season for the former top draft choice. It was also the Oilers' first power-play goal in 15 chances, covering a span of seven games. Oscar Klefbom also scored for the Oilers (15-30-9), who ended a two-game losing streak. Klefbom's goal was his second of the season. The Oilers have played the past three games without forwards Taylor Hall (ankle) and Benoit Pouliot (foot).
Feb 9 - 10:20 PM

Nail Yakupov scored a goal and collected an assist in Edmonton's 5-2 win over Chicago on Friday night.

Yakupov's goal was pretty as he walked in 2-0 with Taylor Hall to his left and instead of passing, deked Antti Raanta left and went backhand-shelf to for the dagger goal late in the third. With his two-point effort, he now has as many points as he had in the 25 games prior, and now 11 on the season through 42 games.
Jan 10 - 2:18 AM

Nail Yakupov has just two points in his last 25 games.

Yakupov's offensive struggles only seem to be getting worse with time. He'll become a restricted free agent this summer and it will be interesting to see what kind of contract the Oilers' offer him. They're unlikely to give him a long-term deal due to his struggles and might even attempt to trade his rights rather than re-sign him.
Jan 8 - 9:19 AM

Nail Yakupov had an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss on Wednesday.

Yakupov snapped a 10-game point drought. He has just four goals and nine points in 38 contests in 2014-15. He's capable of doing so much more, but for now we can't recommend owning him in standard leagues.
Jan 1 - 9:00 AM

Nail Yakupov doesn't feel like he's been doing anything wrong.

"I can say I do everything right," Yakupov said. "I work 100%. I'm not cheating (defensively). I'm not doing any bad stuff." His numbers certainly have left something to be desired though. He has just eight points and a minus-15 rating in 34 contests in 2014-15. We're not saying that Yakupov can't turn his career around as he still has that potential, but it's hard to recommend him in single-season leagues at this time.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Nail Yakupov scored a goal in Edmonton's 2-1 victory over San Jose on Sunday.

Yakupov has just four goals and eight points in 27 games this season. He has a lot of offensive upside, but it's hard to justify hanging onto him at the moment in standard leagues.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 08:56:00 AM

Sources close to the Oilers say that Nail Yakupov has been offered in trade talks to an Eastern Conference team according to the Edmonton Journal.

The problem with Yakupov is that his trade value is at an all-time low. He was selected first overall in the 2012 Draft and is still only 21, but he has only one goal in the last month and three goals and seven points this season.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 08:09:00 AM

Nail Yakupov is wearing a full face shield after getting cut inside his mouth for stitches on Friday.

Yakupov was hurt in Friday's loss to New Jersey when he took a stick to his mouth, but played on Saturday with the protection. Yakupov has only three goals and seven points in 21 games with a minus-eight rating and likely does not warrant any time on your roster at this stage of his career.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:35:00 AM

Nail Yakupov scored a goal in the Oilers' 3-2 loss to Nashville on Tuesday.

Yakupov has only been held off the scoresheet in one of his last four games. He got off to a quiet start this season, but he still might end up breaking out in 2014-15.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 08:49:00 AM

Nail Yakupov had an assist in Edmonton's 5-2 loss to Boston.

Yakupov also managed to fire five shots on goal after being credited with six in his previous contest. He only has five points in 13 games this season, but he's still worth keeping an eye on given his potential.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 09:28:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Derek Roy
3Anton Lander
4Leon Draisaitl
5Boyd Gordon
LW1Taylor Hall
2Benoit Pouliot
3Luke Gazdic
4Rob Klinkhammer
5Ryan Hamilton
6Matt Hendricks
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Matt Fraser
5Tyler Pitlick
6Iiro Pakarinen
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Nikita Nikitin
4Mark Fayne
5Oscar Klefbom
6Martin Marincin
G1Ben Scrivens
2Viktor Fasth
3Richard Bachman