Found October 13, 2013 on HockeyBuzz:
PLAYERS: Nail Yakupov
TEAMS: Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins benched his former first overall draft choice Nail Yakupov on Hockey Night In Canada. The young star was not happy about his benching. Asked about his decision on after Oilers practice on Sunday, Eakins reiterated his core value that no one player is bigger than than the team. Yakupov failed to produce offense, so the head coach parked him in the p...

Yakupov fumes under ‘coach’s rules’

As practice was wrapping up at the Verizon Center Dallas Eakins sought out winger Nail Yakupov for a discussion that will no doubt continue on into the days to come as the Edmonton Oilers bench boss tries to develop the winger’s game. Yakupov had been pulled from the Oilers lineup before they took on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. It was the first time in his career that...

Failing Nail? Oilers scratch Yakupov Saturday

During this period of his career Nail Yakupov seems like one of those all-or-nothing goal scorers.* So far it’s been all-nothing so Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins decided to scratch him for Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. One can understand why Eakins benched the 20-year-old. He doesn’t have a goal or an assist in four games so far this season and...

Can the Edmonton Oilers revive Nail Yakupov?

There are sophomore slumps, there are complete second-year implosions.Thus far Nail Yakupov falls into the latter category. Many experts figured he was destined for a breakdout season following his strong rookie campaign. Last season he scored 17 goals – including six during a three-game span --- added 14 assists during the 48-game season. This season he had no points heading into...

Nail Yakupov Trade Rumors

Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers is the subject of rampant trade rumors for the 2013-2014 NHL season. The first overall 2012 draft pick performed well last season, scoring the most goals for rookies. He was also tied with Jonathan Huberdeau for the most points as a rookie, yet he was not nominated as a top 3 Calder Trophy candidate. Yakupov has struggled in the early going of this

Oilers still learning new defensive system

Like Mr. Vain the character the 1990s dance band Culture Beat sang about the Oilers know what they want and they want it now. In their own end what they want is the puck and they have an aggressive plan to take it away from their opponent exit the zone with a purpose and go on the attack at warp speed. It’s a system that should play to the strengths of the swift skilled Oilers...

Montreal Canadiens Spotlight: Could Nail Yakupov be an Option for Marc Bergevin?

2012 NHL Entry Draft – Galchenyuk & Yakupov – Getty Images By James Stephan (@J_Habs) Former Sarnia Sting phenom Nail Yakupov expressed his frustration with the new Edmonton Oiler’s bench boss Dallas Eakins following being a healthy scratch Saturday night.  Shortly after, the twittersphere erupted with rumors that the young star may be headed to the KHL. While fleeing...

Oilers-Capitals Preview

Alex Ovechkin and Nail Yakupov are the last two Russian players to be selected No. 1 overall in the draft and both are currently playing for struggling teams. One big difference between them this season, however, is that Ovechkin is producing for the Washington Capitals while Yakupov is not for the Edmonton Oilers. Yakupov was benched in the Oilers' last game and it's unclear...

'Worst imagined' start for Devan Dubnyk and Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have always known that you can’t win without good goaltending but what they’re discovering now is that you can’t even survive with bad goaltending. And for the last-place Oilers and their rattled and embattled starter it’s pretty bad. To borrow a sideline quote from Joe Namath Devan Dubnyk is strug-a-ling. Like drunk people struggle with tightropes....

GARTH'S CORNER: Fail For Nail?

Nail Yakupov didn't participate in this morning's optional game day skate in Pittsburgh. Curious decision on his part considering he's been a healthy scratch for the past two games. Getting benched vs. Alex Ovechkin hurts. Sitting against Geno Malkin is enough to push teh young Russian sniper over the edge. Oilers first year coach Dallas Eakins isn't blinking...

Ryan Garner: An Open Letter to Dallas Eakins

Dear coach Eakins, First of all, on behalf of all Oiler fans, I have to apologize for Devan Dubnyk. We had no idea that he would go from “somewhat competent” to “flaming train wreck” in such a short period of time. Not to get all biblical on you, coach, but at this point it’s unclear whether Dubnyk could prevent a camel from slipping through the eye of...

Goalie Problem In Edmonton

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. When Toronto Maple Leafs’ centre Dave Bolland slapped one through the legs of Devan Dubnyk to finish of a 3-on-1 OT breakout Saturday, the Hockey Night in Canada cameras panned in on Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. He looked sick to his stomach. He wore the look of a man who knows he has a big problem but isn’t sure when...

Jason Chimera boards Justin Schultz

Your browser does not support iframes. Ouch! Not a good hit, actually, this is a very dangerous hit by Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera on former Wisconsin Badger and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz. I would call this a push check. Chimera only received a two-minutes penalty for his efforts. Schultz appeared to be okay.

Pick The Winner (10/14)

    And now today's Pick The Winner: 2 UNIT = Edmonton Oilers @ Washington Capitals - OVER 5.5 GOALS (-115) (Note: I am risking 2.00 units to win 1.74) I took yesterday off, but cashed an easy winner Saturday night in the Penguins/Lightning game on the over. That is what I have came to know these past few months, easy winners. I look to continue that with...

Ben Case: Game Day DC- Game 6: Oilers Come to Town

Match-up : Edmonton Oilers (1-3-1) @ Washington Capitals(1-4-0) Road/Home records: - 0-1-1 -------------- 1-2-0 TV:– CSN-DC Puck drop:- 7:00 PM ET Season series :- 0-0 Last 10: Oilers 1-3-1 / Caps 1-4-0 Projected starting goalies: – Jason Lababera (1-0-0. GAA 2.69 and .892% save) V. Braden Holtby (0-3-0. GAA 4.04 and .873 % save). Goals for/against per game: ...

Evening Line

“I wasn’t happy about it last night. You can say a million words about getting better but coach says I’m not playing, so I’m not playing. “I’m not happy about it. I just want to play every game. “I’m going to play my game. I’m not going to change but maybe play better without the puck, or forecheck more, but I love playing with the puck. I really don’t...
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