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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 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

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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

With Taylor Hall injured for two-to-four weeks, the Edmonton Oilers will need to try new alignments. Nail Yakupov might get a spin with the first line, for example.

Both Yakupov and David Perron saw elevated minutes following Hall's injury against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Perron is an interesting consideration because of his peripheral value (PIM, hits and SOG, especially last season), while Yakupov may have a higher ceiling from a sniping standpoint.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:42:00 PM

Nail Yakupov was moved up to the top line Saturday with the injury to Taylor Hall.

Yakupov played alongside Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. If Hall is out long-term (and there was no update to the leg injury after the game), then Yakupov will get a big chance to prove he belongs but it will be up to him to produce. The Oilers wanted him to shoot more as he only had 16 shots on goal in his first 10 games and he certainly obliged on Saturday with four shots on goal to tie for the team lead.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:46:00 AM

Nail Yakupov needs to shoot the puck more as he has only 16 shots on goal in 10 games.

Yakupov was selected first overall in the 2012 Draft for his scoring ability and if he is not shooting, he certainly is not scoring. He is seeing less ice time this season as he averaged over 14 minutes per game compared to 13:02 this season. "I’d like to see five or six shots a game, and it’s on him to get open," coach Dallas Eakins said. "It’s on him to take the shot and not be nice and friendly to his teammates, which I find he is sometimes. I find he’s such a good kid. We’d like him to take a more selfish role and his teammates will understand." He is averaging only 1.6 shots per game so he really has to start getting greedy when he gets the puck in the offensive zone.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 06:13:00 AM

Nail Yakupov scored a goal in the Oilers' 3-0 win against Montreal on Monday.

Yakupov was only on the ice for 12:36 minutes though. As the first overall pick in 2012, he's obvious got a lot of potential upside and this might still be his breakout campaign. It's better to just keep an eye on him for now though instead of having him on your roster in standard leagues as his playing time has been limited so far this season.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:35:00 AM

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.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 08:57:00 AM

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.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 01:35:00 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
5Matt Hendricks
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Matt Fraser
5Tyler Pitlick
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Jeff Petry
4Nikita Nikitin
5Mark Fayne
6Keith Aulie
7Oscar Klefbom
G1Ben Scrivens
2Viktor Fasth