Let's Exchange Picks

After the Florida Panthers won the draft lottery on Tuesday it has come to my attention that there are teams out there who would like to exchange picks.  Florida is missing some key things in their organization. My list as I see it: 1. A # 1 Defenseman. Someone to munch minutes, kill penalties and stop the bleeding 2. Top 6 Scoring Winger. The Panthers need a triggerman in...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

29 Players who could be on the Oilers radar

It's still a few days until the playoffs start, so I thought I'd have some fun and provide a list of 29 players who could be on the Oilers radar this summer. Obviously they won't trade for hardly any, if any at all, of these. And to keep things interesting, I am choosing one player from each of the other 29 NHL teams. Are we ready then? 1. Anaheim Ducks - Big forward...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oilers’ Ryan Smyth to retire at end of season

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth announced Friday that he is retiring at the end of the season. Smyth said the Oilers’ home game Saturday night against Vancouver will be his last. “There comes a time in my life where you have turn the page and today I am doing that,” Smyth said. “As hard as it is to say goodbye to the game of hockey, I am blessed that God has given...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Oilers centre Boyd Gordon shut down for season with shoulder issue

The Edmonton Oilers added Boyd Gordon to their ever-growing pile of players who are done for the season. Gordon, who has a minor shoulder issue, joins Jesse Joensuu (ankle), Ryan Jones (knee), Nail Yakupov (ankle), Andrew Ference (chest) and Luke Gazdic (shoulder) in the premature summer club. Gordon hurt his shoulder early in Tuesday’s loss to Colorado, but never left the game...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oilers’ Yakupov suffers from NHL sophomore jinx

This time last year Nail Yakupov was putting the finishing touches on his acclaimed rookie campaign. Through his last eight games, he scored five goals to vault to the top of the league’s leaderboard among rookies, with 17 goals and 14 assists, edging out the Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau with his late push. But any thoughts of orchestrating another strong finish were erased...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Oilers' Nail Yakupov out with fractured ankle

The Edmonton Oilers injured list is getting longer. Nail Yakupov was placed on injured reserved with a lower body injury and there is no time-table for his return.Yakupov has been sidelined since mid-March with an ankle injury. He suffered the injury at the end of February and missed a handful of games at the beginning of March. He came back to the ice and continued playing but...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Yakupov (ankle) suffers setback, no timetable for return

Could Nail Yakupov be done for the year? On Monday, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins suggested as much, telling reporters that Yakupov suffered a setback skating on his injured ankle over the weekend. “I guess after coming off, it started to blow back up on him,” Eakins said, per the Edmonton Sun. “He’s had a bit of a setback there. As it went on later in the day, it started...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Most disappointing NHL players of the season

Being that hockey is such a team game, it tough to pin the blame on just one player. That said, one player can make a huge difference in the grand scheme of a team’s makeup. In the following list, you’ll see most of the teams of the chosen player are having an equally subpar season. Maybe 10 more goals here, or a few more saves there and their team is in the playoffs. Here is...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

GARTH'S CORNER: Battle Of Uncle Barry

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins won't have Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov in his lineup tonight when the Sabres come calling. “We’re one spot ahead of them,” Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “We’re not taking anybody lightly. We want to come out and have a good start against them, keep up with the good habits we’ve really instilled in our...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Hendricks joins Nail Yakupov in Oilers medical room

The Oilers could very well end up reeling up two forwards from the Oklahoma City Barons with both Nail Yakupov and Matt Hendricks now on the limp. Hendricks was hurt blocking a Shea Weber shot while Yakupov didn’t make it out after the pre-game warm-up because of an ankle that’s been bothering him. “He hung in there as long as he could but it just got to a point where that...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers Rumors: Roster will look considerably different next season

After yet another horrible season, the Edmonton Oilers will be making significant changes to their roster by the time next seasons training camp begins. The current group has not developed the way Oilers brass thought they would, and a blow up is on the way.General manager Craig MacTavish will have his work ahead of him, as the off season will be the first opportunity to perform...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Henderson: G68 Oilers @ Red Wings: Dreger Rips Yakupov In Character Assassination

Few things get my back up like an unwarranted character assassination of a player by someone who doesn’t watch the guy in question, so it’s needless to say (but I will anyway) that I was absolutely blown away by the vitriol that Darren Dreger spewed Nail Yakupov’s way in the first intermission of yesterday’s game. In the event that you didn’t catch it, here...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

TSN’s Dreger rips Nail Yakupov, says it’s unlikely he will be with Oilers next season

This came in during Thursday night’s broadcast, information from TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger about the uncertain fate of Nail Yakupov on the Edmonton Oilers. “I would say it’s unlikely that he’s an Edmonton Oiler next season. So it makes sense that they’ll try and move him. They were trying to move him at various points this season. Word is out that Nail Yakupov is...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers' Nail Yakupov day-to-day after MRI reveals no broken bones

The good news is that Edmonton Oilers' winger Nail Yakupov doesn't have any broken bones in his foot or ankle.  The bad news is that it still hurts like blazes.Yakupov had an MRI on Friday that alleviated concerns that he may have suffered a fracture when a shot off the stick of Justin Schultz, a glancing blow that had even Oilers' coach Dallas Eakins cringing.“That...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers’ Yakupov leaves game with ankle injury

Edmonton Oilers Nail Yakupov, who had been showing signs of finding his game amid numerous sophomore struggles, left Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Wild with an ankle injury, as per the club’s Twitter account. Yakupov left the game after his first shift of the third period and did not return. The Oilers lost their first game out of the Olympic break by a final score of...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov using defence to gain more offence

Nail Yakupov seems to be getting it. The Edmonton Oilers winger is realizing the key to a good offensive game is to spend as little time in the defensive zone as possible. Playing with two of the team’s best players doesn’t hurt either. “I think the improvements are slow and steady,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “I think he fully understands where he needs to...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers get late winner from Nail Yakupov in New York

Nail Yakupov made a pretty strong case to stay on the Edmonton Oilers' top line. The Russian winger, who has spent more time in the doghouse than Lassie this season, scored the game winner Thursday, lifting the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Yakupov netted the winner with 1:38 to go in the third period, one-timing a Sam Gagner pass over the shoulder of Rangers...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Oilers, Kings discussing Sam Gagner trade

The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings are working on making a deal. TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun report that the Oilers could send Sam Gagner to Los Angles for left winger Kyle Clifford. What’s notable in this potential deal is that neither player is a pending free agent. Gagner, 24, is in the first year of a three-year deal he signed last summer with an annual salary...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Growing Pains

Shaun Maddex Edmonton Oilers Writer This is a blog dedicated to Nail Yakupov. Here’s a kid who came up through junior playing in the OHL for the Sarnia Sting as a teenager born and raised in Russia. Difficult by itself, and he was a star! Granted defense was not necessarily a concern for him or the team. The Sting were not in the business of turning Yak into a complete player....
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers' Yakupov Returned on Friday

Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov returned to the lineup in Friday night's game against the Phoenix Coyotes, as reported by Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal. The first overall draft pick in the 2012 entry draft has missed the last two games with a concussion following a hit by Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke.In his return, Yakupov finished with 12:51 TOI, 4:30 of which...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers confirm Yakupov has head injury, place him on IR

The Edmonton Oilers didn’t quite say that Nail Yakupov has a concussion, as they instead labeled his issue as a “head injury.” Regardless, he was placed on the injured reserve on Saturday after undergoing concussion protocol for this hit from Minnesota Wild winger Matt Cooke on Thursday Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels notes that Yakupov, 20, is eligible to return...
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January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Yakupov leaves Oilers game with injury

Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov sustained a head injury late in the second period against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night and the team said he will not return to the game. Yakupov appeared to sustain the injury with just over a minute remaining in the middle period when he was checked off the puck by Wild forward Matt Cooke. Yakupov hit the ice hard and slid into awkwardly...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers' Yakupov Leaves Game

Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov left Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Wild with a head injury and did not return, as confirmed by the team's official Twitter account. The injury occurred when Wild forward Matt Cooke drilled Yakupov into the boards. He registered only 8:19 TOI and one shot on goal before leaving.By Steve Potter, via Wikimedia CommonsThe first...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Yakupov: ‘It’s pretty cold on the bench’

After playing a season-low 6:29 in Edmonton’s 6-2 win over Winnipeg prior to the holiday break, Nail Yakupov is looking to get back to a healthy dose of playing time — if only to stay warm. “I can’t say it was good,” Yakupov told the Edmonton Journal. “I want to play more. It’s pretty cold on the bench, but I have to work in practice and find more minutes.” Even...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov struggling at both ends of the ice

Yak and Gags … hey, that kind of sounds like what they’ve been doing out there. Hard luck linemates Nail Yakupov and Sam Gagner have been retching up a lot of statistical hairballs this season, with Gagner minus 9 in the Boston, Vancouver, Anaheim and Los Angeles set and Yakupov still dead last, 784th out of 784 NHL players, at minus 22 for the year. Like all statistics in...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

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