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Nail Yakupov | Winger | #10

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/6/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (1) / EDM
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Despite the rumors that Nail Yakupov might be dealt over the summer, in the end he has started training camp with Edmonton.
"I’m happy to be wearing this orange T-shirt and a practice sweater tomorrow. I like the city, this is my fifth year," said Yakupov. It will be interesting to see where Yakupov fits into the Oilers' lineup. He skated alongside Patrick Maroon and Anton Lander on Friday, but it's hard to read too much into that, especially given that some of Edmonton's key forwards were absent due to the World Cup. Yakupov was limited to just nine goals and 23 points in 60 contests in 2015-16. More was obviously expected from him when he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but at this point it's hard to feel good about his chances of having a meaningful rebound. Sep 24 - 6:12 AM

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Nail Yakupov will be given a chance to bounce back in 2016-17.

"I believe in giving people opportunities to recover and bring their game up," said coach Todd McLellan. "I know Yak is doing some things this summer (working out, training), he hasn't done in the past. I want him to have success and so do his teammates. It's a matter of doing that as quickly as possible." Yakupov didn't appear to satisfied with how the 2015-16 campaign unfolded and the Oilers weren't happy with his play either. He remains a potential trade candidate, but Edmonton isn't rushing to unload him for nothing.
Jul 28 - 3:20 PM

Team Russia head coach Oleg Znarok had some harsh things to say about Nail Yakupov.

After Russia won the bronze medal at the World Hockey Championship on Sunday, Znarok said that not having Yakupov on the team was "addition by subtraction" for the Russians. Since entering the NHL, Yakupov's numbers have been disappointing and many have questioned his attutide along the way. The former first overall pick scored 17 goals in 48 games in his rookie season, but he hasn't surpassed 14 since then. It's safe to say that Yakupov won't be on Russia's roster for the World Cup of Hockey in September.
May 22 - 2:49 PM

Nail Yakupov capped his lousy season with a pair of points during Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver.

Yakupov finished with a career worst eight goals and 23 points, and one very publicized trade request. One imagines his time in Edmonton has drawn to a close.
Apr 10 - 2:40 AM

Nail Yakupov found the back of the net in Edmonton's 6-2 victory against the Canucks Wednesday night.

That gives Yakupov eight goals and 21 points in 59 contests this season. While Yakupov certainly still has room to grow at the age of 22, it's fair to say that far more was expected from him by his fourth NHL campaign. To say that he hasn't lived up to expectations as the 2012 first overall draft pick would be an understatement. He might find some measure of redemption next season, but it likely won't be with Edmonton. He has expressed interest in being traded and that might be for the best for all parties.
Apr 7 - 10:03 AM

Nail Yakupov has been handed a $2,000 fine for diving/embellishment.

Yakupov was first found guilty of embellishment on Oct. 13, but that incident only resulted in a warning. As per the league rules he's now been fined because there was a second incident on March 12.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 1 - 2:48 PM

Nail Yakupov scored the lone Oilers goal in Edmonton's 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

It was Yakupov's first goal in 13 games. He has seven goals, and 13 assists for a total of 20 points in 57 games played this season. Yakupov's goal was assisted by Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall.
Mar 28 - 11:55 PM

Nail Yakupov does not want to go home to Russia and play in the KHL.

In the continuing story of Yakupov requesting a trade out of Edmonton, it's been noted that he has been clear in that he does not wish to play anywhere but the NHL. Through five seasons and 248 games, the 22-year-old has potted 48 goals and 107 points. Should this trajectory continue, he won't go down as the worst No. 1 pick bust, but he'll join an exclusive class.
Mar 27 - 7:04 PM

Per Igor Eronko, Nail Yakupov asked for a trade at some point during his tenure with Edmonton.

"I asked a trade and Oilers gave a permission to speak to other teams, about 8 of them were interested, but [something] went wrong," is the full quote. Unfortunately, there isn't much context here so it's difficult to figure out what to make of it. It's not surprise that Yakupov may want out of Edmonton, but it's also surprising only eight teams would hold interest in him. The 22-year-old Yakupov has 19 points in 56 games this season. He'll ding the cap at $2.5M for another season before becoming an RFA.
Mar 27 - 6:12 PM

Nail Yakupov scored a rare goal on Thursday night, the game winner in Edmonton's 4-0 win over Philadelphia.

Yakupv has just six goals and 16 points in 44 games so far this season, with a -11 rating. It snapped a six game pointless drought.
Mar 4 - 12:01 AM

Nail Yakupov snapped his nine game goal drought during Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.

The tally gives Yakupov just five on the season with 15 points through 37 games. It would seem that the former first overall pick in 2012 continues to teeter on bust territory, at least as far as first round picks go.
Feb 18 - 11:57 PM

Nail Yakupov had an unfortunate distinction on Thursday.

Yakupov was the only Oilers forward that dressed for Thursday's 7-2 victory against Ottawa to finish without a single point. Edmonton also earned a 5-1 win on Tuesday, but Yakupov was held off the scoresheet in that contest as well. The former first overall pick has four goals and 14 points in 30 contests this season.
Feb 5 - 11:00 AM

Nail Yakupov scored his second goal in his fifth game since returning from injury on Thursday night.

Yakupov got back on the scoresheet after a three-game absence. He has 14 points in 27 contests so far this season.
Jan 22 - 12:40 AM

Nail Yakupov returned Thursday night in the only way he'd choose to, by scoring a goal.

Unfortunately, it was the only goal Edmonton managed in the 2-1 overtime loss, but he did his part with 17 shifts and 11:30 of work. He now has three goals and 13 points in 23 games, and is technically now on a nice two-game point streak.
Jan 15 - 1:18 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have activated Nail Yakupov (ankle) from injured reserve.

The 22-year-old has been on the shelf since Nov. 27. Yakupov has two goals and 12 points in 22 games this season. He will play in Thursday's game against San Jose. The Oilers assigned Brad Hunt to the minors to make room for Yakupov on the roster.
Jan 14 - 7:39 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Leon Draisaitl
4Anton Lander
5Mark Letestu
6Drake Caggiula
LW1Milan Lucic
2Benoit Pouliot
3Patrick Maroon
4Matt Hendricks
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Jesse Puljujarvi
3Nail Yakupov
4Zack Kassian
5Iiro Pakarinen
D1Adam Larsson
2Andrej Sekera
3Oscar Klefbom
4Darnell Nurse
5Brandon Davidson
6Mark Fayne
7Andrew Ference
8David Musil
G1Cam Talbot
2Jonas Gustavsson