Found August 19, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Nail Yakupov
TEAMS: Edmonton Oilers
The question has been on everyone’s minds for years; are Nail Yakupov and other high profile Russian born players a flight risk? Repeatedly Yakupov has answered no. But as circumstances around the NHL have changed, the question has continued to pop up. Still, Yakupov has said nothing other than “I want to play in the NHL.” Continue reading "Still No KHL Plans for Yakupov"

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Welcome N-64

It’s a familiar story, a player’s junior number is not available with their NHL team. What is a kid to do? Of course, he picks something different. For Nail Yakupov his familiar number 10 from the Sarnia Sting is currently in use by Shawn Horcoff, who is also the team captain. And so, according to reports from the Perry Pearn’s 3 on 3 tournament where Yakupov is currently representing...

The Cult of Hockey profiles Dillon Simpson

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