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Nail Yakupov | Winger

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 10/6/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 184
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Nail Yakupov will look to put last year's troubles behind him and find a way to help the Oilers this season after a sophomore slump of major proportions.
A promising rookie season in 2012 brought on high hopes for the teenage Russian star, but Yakupov failed to find the net often last year and was a major liability on defense. To go with his meagre 24 points and -33 rating, a cold war raged throughout the year with his coach Dallas Eakins. Trade rumors, negative comments in the media and visits from Yakupov’s agent to Edmonton created an off-ice circus to go along with Yakupov's on-ice troubles. But considering the elite, breathtaking skill level of the 5'11, 184 pound forward, a bounce back season is more likely than not. Aug 17 - 4:34 PM

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Nail Yakupov will switch from No. 64 to 10 in 2014-15.

Yakupov has traditionally worn No. 10 in honor of Pavel Bure, but he couldn't use the number when the Oilers' drafted him because Shawn Horcoff had it. When Horcoff was traded to the Dallas Stars, he gave Yakupov his blessing to take his number, but Yakupov wanted to allow some time to pass before taking him up on that offer. "I said, 'Horc, no offense, but the fans are going to miss you and they know you played with No. 10 for a long time, so I'll wait a little bit and then I'll take it,'" Yakupov said.
Jul 30 - 9:32 AM

Nail Yakupov has returned from Russia to spend some time training in Edmonton before the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Yakupov's sophomore season went so poorly that it led some to question if the 2012 first overall pick would be able to last in the NHL. "I'm going to be doing some different things this year," Yakupov said. "I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come." He's still just 20 years old and it's way too early to give up on him. It wouldn't be shocking if he takes a significant step forward in 2014-15.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 29 - 10:07 PM

Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins insisted again this week that there isn't a rift between him and 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.

"My relationship with Nail is a great one," Eakins told The Fan 590 on Monday. "That's why I kind of chuckle with the way it gets drawn out in the media. You take a kid out of the lineup and suddenly there's a big fight going on. Well, there's no fight. Nail understood what was going on." Yakupov was a health scratch during his sophomore campaign, mostly due to his defensive struggles. His production also slipped to 11 goals and 24 points after he recorded 17 goals and 31 points during the lockout-shortened season. Eakins said, "I'm very hopeful and fairly confident that he's gonna have a great rebound year."
May 26 - 4:22 PM

Even though he is likely healthy enough, the Edmonton Oilers will not let Nail Yakupov play this week.

Since the season will end on the weekend for the Oilers, the very disappointing season is over for the first overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Yakupov has just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games as his season has been cut short by an ankle injury. "I'm going to work hard and do my best and see what happens. I can't say anything special, like 'You gotta wait to see this.' And 'I'm going to do this.', Yakupov said when asked about next season. "That's not for me and I'm not talking that way. I'm going to work hard. And that's it." Expect more from Yakupov next season as he had 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games as a rookie.
Apr 8 - 8:32 AM

Nail Yakupov (ankle) is probably done for the season.

That would bring the end to his disappointing sophomore campaign. The 2012 first overall pick had just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games last season. He's worth gambling on as a late round pick in standard league drafts next season.
Apr 4 - 2:55 PM

Nail Yakupov (ankle) missed Monday's practice.

Yakupov has been out for three straight games. It would be a bit surprising if he ended up returning for Tuesday's contest.
Mar 25 - 9:40 AM

Nail Yakupov (ankle) is unlikely to return on Thursday.

Yakupov missed Tuesday's game due to the ailment. Plenty of players endure sophomore slumps, but even by those standards, Yakupov's campaign has been a disaster. He has just 24 points and a minus-33 rating in 63 games.
Mar 20 - 8:52 AM

Nail Yakupov was held out of Tuesday's game due to a sore ankle.

Yakupov attempted to take part in the team's pre-game warmups, but was ultimately scratched due to the injury. He was previously sidelined on March 1 with the same injury.
Mar 19 - 9:28 AM

Nail Yakupov (ankle) is projected to be available for Tuesday's game against Ottawa.

He didn't play on Saturday after suffering an ankle injury in Thursday's loss to Minnesota. Yakupov has 11 goals and 12 assists in 56 matches this campaign.
Mar 3 - 6:03 PM

Nail Yakupov didn't suffer any structural damage when his foot/ankle was struck by a Justin Schultz shot on Thursday night.

However, he won't play Saturday night against Calgary. Consider Yakupov day-to-day for the time being.
Mar 1 - 3:39 PM

Nail Yakupov left Thursday's contest after he was struck in the ankle by teammate Justin Schultz's slap shot.

The severity of Yakupov's injury hasn't been revealed yet. This has been a rough season for him and he's spent time in the press box as a result. His fantasy value has been negligible this season, but we wouldn't give up on him in keeper leagues. He still has a lot of untapped potential and his offensive numbers should increase substantially over the next couple of seasons.
Feb 28 - 9:55 AM

Nail Yakupov was moved to the top line ahead of Thursday's game and so far the experiment has been a success.

As previously mentioned, Yakupov netted the game-winning goal against the New York Rangers, but he was great throughout the contest. "Yak was finding spots all night to shoot, that's what we told him before the game, just try and get open," said linemate Taylor Hall. "He's got such a great shot that when he does get open, he's got to let it go and one was bound to go in." Look for Yakupov to stick with Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Friday.
Feb 7 - 8:49 AM

Nail Yakupov scored a late goal Thursday to lift the Oilers to a 2-1 win over the Rangers in New York.

Yakupov's season has been the stuff of nightmares, but talent like his doesn't grow on trees. Perhaps scoring a big goal will put a jolt into the second-year forward. Ryan Smyth also found the back of the net for Edmonton in the win.
Feb 6 - 10:02 PM

Nail Yakupov is projected to play on Edmonton's top line on Thursday.

Yakupov will play alongside Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the first overall pick line. It's a good opportunity for Yakupov, who has dealt with some major rough patches in his sophomore campaign. He has 21 points and a minus-30 rating in 53 games.
Feb 6 - 10:10 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Boyd Gordon
3Anton Lander
4Will Acton
5Mark Arcobello
6Matt Hendricks
7Leon Draisaitl
LW1Taylor Hall
2David Perron
3Benoit Pouliot
4Luke Gazdic
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Steve Pinizzotto
5Jesse Joensuu
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Jeff Petry
4Keith Aulie
5Mark Fraser
6Nikita Nikitin
7Mark Fayne
8Martin Marincin
G1Ben Scrivens
2Viktor Fasth