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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 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

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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

Nail Yakupov scored and added an assist in Edmonton's 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus on Wednesday.

Yakupov extended his points scoring streak to five games where he has three goals and three assists. It's a nice end to a disappointing season for the third year Russian. Yakupov has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 70 games this season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Derek Roy each picked up goals in the losing effort.
Mar 19 - 1:20 AM

Nail Yakupov had an assist in Edmonton's 4-1 win over Toronto.

Yakupov is on a four-game point streak. He only has 26 points in 69 games in 2014-15, but 14 of those have come in his last 19 games. Yakupov has rebounded nicely in the final months of the season and that might be setting the stage for a breakout campaign in 2015-16.
Mar 17 - 11:03 AM

Nail Yakupov scored his 10th goal of the season in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-2 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit Monday night.

Yakupov also tied with teammate Matt Fraser for a game-high six shots on net. Rob Klinkhammer gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead just 2:15 into the game before the Red Wings went up 3-1. Yakupov's goal at 18:05 of the third period brought the Oilers to within one goal but the Wings followed up by scoring two empty-net goals to cement their victory. Klinkhammer's goal was his fifth of the season.
Mar 9 - 11:32 PM

Nail Yakupov picked up an assist on the Oilers only goal Friday.

The point gives the former first overall pick in the 2012 draft, 10 in his past 14 games as he has really clicked with center Derek Roy, who scored the goal Friday. Yakupov is worth a pick next season as most people will look at his overall stats which are at nine goals and 22 points with a minus-30 rating, rather than how he has turned things around of late. He is still only 21.
Mar 7 - 7:36 AM

The addition of Derek Roy on Dec. 29 has proven to be a big boost for Nail Yakupov.

"I feel amazing now," said Yakupov. "I was waiting for a center for three years. It's the first time I've had a really good center and I'm really happy for it. It took us a couple of games to get used to each other and now we're pretty comfortable. It's easy to play with him. He can move the puck and he's really smart. All I have to do is try to get open for a shot." Yakupov has nine points in his last 13 contests. That's not enough to salvage the 2014-15 campaign, but it should be kept in mind as he could be setting the stage for a big 2015-16 showing.
Mar 5 - 9:40 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Connor McDavid
3Anton Lander
4Mark Letestu
5Leon Draisaitl
LW1Taylor Hall
2Lauri Korpikoski
3Benoit Pouliot
4Rob Klinkhammer
5Luke Gazdic
6Matt Hendricks
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Tyler Pitlick
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Andrej Sekera
4Nikita Nikitin
5Mark Fayne
6Oscar Klefbom
7Griffin Reinhart
8Eric Gryba
G1Ben Scrivens
2Cam Talbot