Found October 15, 2013 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
PLAYERS: Nail Yakupov
TEAMS: Edmonton Oilers
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 Tuesday night’s game and became a “healthy scratch” for the first two times in his career.“He's going to be an excellent player in this league, but rather than let this keep going on and the struggle become deeper and deeper, I thought it was time to hit the reset button, get him out of the lineup, let him watch a game,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins explained to the Edmonton media.“I've always found it's a great way to get a new perspective on the game when you're struggling. But that kid has such a passion and a work ethic that he'll rebound quickly.”The Oilers are a mess. A coaching cha...

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...

Addressing Edmonton Trade Talk

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers some emails... Q: If the Oilers were to go after a new No. 1 goaltender, who would be better, Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller? A: Miller. Both guys are UFA in July. The Oilers aren’t giving up on Devan Dubnyk, certainly not after four starts. He’s a good goalie going through a rotten patch, looking like the Penguins’ Marc...

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...

Dubnyk struggles to break out of a slump

After it was over after the Edmonton Oilers had given up another lead followed by an overtime point to the Toronto Maple Leafs Devan Dubnyk sat in his stall his pads still strapped on his head buried in his hands. He didn’t move not for the longest time. It was he said the next day the lowest he’s felt since his trying season began. He knew could have changed the outcome of...

GARTH'S CORNER: Yakupov Frustrated

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...

TSN’s Insider Trading: Are the Oilers ‘under the gun’ to trade for a goaltender?

TSN's latest "Insider Trading" segment is up on's video page, and TSN provided a transcription of Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie's comments, too: How are the Edmonton Oilers reacting to their poor goaltending to start the season? Bob McKenzie: Devan Dubnyk's sub-par performance on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs...

Washington powerplay comes alive, Yakupov sits again; Caps win 4-2 over Oilers

WASHINGTON — Adam Oates’ coaching has fianlly paid off. He preached to his team to calm down and be patient, as they have struggled to score goals early this season. Monday night he was rewarded as his team netted four goals in a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Oates kept his same three lines hoping they […]

Oilers deserved better, but still see losing streak extended to four games

It would have been easy for the hapless Edmonton Oilers to just let their three-game losing streak stretch into four. Not only had they just come off a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals one night earlier they were in the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins who outshot the Oilers 15-3 in the first 20 minutes. But the Oilers battled back and really deserved a better fate than a 3-2...

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...

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.

Oilers-Islanders Preview

Nassau Coliseum isn't usually thought of as a difficult arena for opposing teams. Just don't tell that to the Edmonton Oilers. Losers in four straight and at the bottom of the Western Conference, the Oilers look to notch their first road win against the New York Islanders in almost 14 years Thursday night. After three consecutive last-place finishes in the Northwest Division...

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 6: Edmonton Oilers

Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1-0) @ Edmonton Oilers (1-4-1) Root Sports, SNET-W - 7:00 pm/et  Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and the Edmonton Oilers roll into Pittsburgh to play the Penguins. Beau Bennett is day-to-day with a lower body injury, James Neal is on injured reserve and Harry Zolnersdasdnaosncuicachzyk...

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...

Game 6 Preview – Oilers at Penguins

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82) Last Game for the Pens:  Saturday, a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Sidney Crosby scored his first hat trick since 2010, which says all you need to know about how his last couple of seasons has been derailed by injuries.  He added an assist on Matt Niskanen’s game-winning goal. Last Game for the Oilers: Last night, a 4-2 loss to the Washington...

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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