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Nail Yakupov | Winger

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/6/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
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Nail Yakupov has recorded only one point in the five games since Oilers phenom Connor McDavid went down with an injury
The much maligned Russian has lined up alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Benoit Puliot, then Mark Letestu in lieu of the young McDavid, with Matt Hendricks taking a recent run on the same line. The linemate support isn't there for the youngster to excel on his own. The drought may continue. Nov 18 - 9:26 PM

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Nail Yakupov is on a four-game point drought.

Yakupov got off to a strong start to the season, but a lot of the credit went to his linemate Connor McDavid. When McDavid got hurt, it created a situation where Yakupov had the opportunity to show that he had taken a big step forward this season and was capable of being a significant contributor without McDavid. That's not what's happened though so far as Yakupov has gone quiet.
Nov 16 - 8:48 AM

Nail Yakupov recorded an assist in a 4-3 win against Montreal.

With that, Yakupov's point streak has reached seven games. He already has two goals and eight assists in 11 contests this season. While he probably won't maintain that pace, this is shaping up to be a breakout season for him.
Oct 30 - 10:33 AM

Nail Yakupov had an assist in Edmonton's 3-2 loss to Los Angeles on Sunday.

Yakupov extended his point streak to five games. After two lackluster seasons, he seems to be breaking out this season with eight points in nine contests.
Oct 26 - 9:31 AM

You can see it from his play, but Nail Yakupov acknowledged just how well things are going for him lately.

"I feel so much confidence, so comfortable on the ice," Yakupov said. One would think that Connor McDavid's presence has something to do with that, but that's no issue for fantasy owners who are taking advantage of Yakupov's resurgence.
Oct 25 - 2:00 PM

Nail Yakupov had two assists in a 3-1 victory over Detroit.

Yakupov has gotten off to a great start this season with two goals and four assists in seven games. He struggled to live up to the high expectations thrust upon him early in his career, but of course he's always had a ton of upside. While the sample size is still small, he's worth taking a chance on if you still have the opportunity to grab him.
Oct 22 - 10:01 AM

Nail Yakupov had an assist in Edmonton's 4-2 loss to Dallas on Tuesday.

It was Yakupov's first point of the 2015-16 campaign. Edmonton as a whole has gotten off to a slow start with just three goals in three games.
Oct 14 - 10:08 AM

Nail Yakupov snapped one past Jacob Markstrom on Thursday night briefly giving Edmonton the lead, but they'd go on to fall to Vancouver 5-2.

It was a beauty of a play as Yakupov collected a errant puck with his left skate soccer style at his own blue line, whizzed down the left wing and snapped one past Jacob Markstrom before he could get set from behind the dot. This is Yakupov's fourth season now with the Oilers, and he's still lining up on their third line so utilize the 22-year-old to-be with tempered expectations.
Oct 2 - 12:06 AM

Nail Yakupov will have a new linemate this season after the Oilers didn't retain free agent Derek Roy.

"It's going to take some time to get used to each other, but that's why you have training camp and exhibition games," Yakupov said. "That's enough time to get to know each other, and we have to start from there. I'm looking forward to the season. I think it's going to be an exciting season for everybody with all the changes we've made." Yakupov is a prime candidate to play alongside super prospect Connor McDavid this season. He will be looking to build on the success he had at the end of the 2014-15 campaign when he picked up nine goals and 20 points in his last 28 games.
Aug 28 - 9:59 PM

Oilers forward Nail Yakupov admitted that Derek Roy scared him when they started playing together last season.

"The first five or six games with Derek I was scared of him," Yakupov said. "He would be yelling or swearing at me, but it was worth it. Sometimes you’re trying to be everywhere on the ice, but you have to be in your spot and listen to the centre." The 21-year-old has a lot of offensive upside, but he's struggled with consistency in his young career. Yakupov finished with 14 goals, 33 points and a minus-35 rating last season.
Aug 22 - 9:03 AM

Nail Yakupov won't play for Russia at the World Championships because of a hip injury.

He signed a two-year extension with the Oilers this past Monday. Yakupov registered 14 goals and 33 points in 81 games in 2014-15.
Apr 15 - 4:51 PM

Nail Yakupov has signed a two-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

His new contract will carry an average annual value of $2.5 million. Yakupov posted 14 goals and a personal best 33 points in 81 games this past season. He has 88 points in 192 contests over three years with the Oilers.
Apr 13 - 11:48 AM

Nail Yakupov set his new career high for points in a season when he scored his 13th goal of the season in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Sharks.

With the goal, Yakupov now has 32 points on the season. Over his three tumultuous seasons with the Oilers, the former first overall draft pick in 2012 now has 40 goals and 86 points over his first 190 NHL games.
Apr 10 - 1:27 AM

Nail Yakupov had an assist in a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Yakupov snapped a four-game point drought. He has 12 goals and 19 assists in 79 contests in 2014-15.
Apr 8 - 10:59 AM

Nail Yakupov finished with five shots on net in the Oilers’ 4-0 loss to the Flames on Saturday night.

Yakupov played 16:46 and had a minus-one rating in the loss. He has 12 goals and 30 points this year. Keith Aulie had two penalty minutes.
Apr 5 - 12:52 AM

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4Anton Lander
5Mark Letestu
LW1Taylor Hall
2Benoit Pouliot
3Lauri Korpikoski
4Luke Gazdic
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Nail Yakupov
3Teddy Purcell
4Matt Hendricks
5Rob Klinkhammer
6Iiro Pakarinen
D1Andrej Sekera
2Justin Schultz
3Oscar Klefbom
4Brandon Davidson
5Andrew Ference
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G1Anders Nilsson
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