10 NHL players who will bounce back in 2014-15

The 2013-14 season was a rough one for a lot of NHL players. Injuries and lengthy slumps caused a number of players to fall well short of lofty expectations. The 2014-15 season brings a new opportunity for these players to once again find their footing and shake off the failures from the previous campaign. Here are 10 players who will bounce back in 2014-15. Steven Stamkos – Tampa...
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10 NHL players who will bounce back in 2014-15

The 2013-14 season was a rough one for a lot of NHL players. Injuries and lengthy slumps caused a number of players to fall well short of lofty expectations. The 2014-15 season brings a new opportunity for these players to once again find their footing and shake off the failures from the previous campaign. Here are 10 players who will bounce back in 2014-15. Steven Stamkos – Tampa...
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Afternoon Line

If the #NHLJets trade Evander Kane to the Oilers for Nail Yakupov we should send them back to Atlanta. — randy turner (@randyturner15) June 16, 2014
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s Next For Nail Yakupov?

#479804841 / After being chosen first overall in NHL 2012 Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, Nail Yakupov, went on to have an extremely productive rookie season. This past season, however, was quite the opposite when comparing to Yakupov’s 31 points in 48 games during the 2012-13 shortened season, the Edmonton forward contributed just 24 points over 63 games in...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Eakins: There’s no bad blood with Yakupov

Nail Yakupov was a healthy scratch more than a few times last season, his name was thrown around the trade rumour mill, and he had a team-worst minus-33 plus/minus rating. It wasn’t exactly the sophomore campaign you’d expect from a No. 1 draft pick after a lights-out rookie year. But Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins wants you to know—yet again—that he likes the...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

More Nail Yakupov trade rumors

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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss


The Edmonton Oilers are a young team in need of actual NHL players. As Craig MacTavish begins the process of adding a legit center, a stud defender and a quality winger or two, it occurs to the fanbase that these assets are going to require payment in kind. Which brings us to Nail Yakupov. In 2012, the Oilers marched down the aisle as a house (apparently) divided. Some scouts wanted...
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The Vernon Myles Oilers Blog

Ever since I launched, I've been paying close attention to the Edmonton Oilers Fan Page on Twitter. There's plenty of interesting conversation that goes on there. Today, reader Vernon Myles asked an interesting question: If you're the Oilers, would you give up the third overall pick and Nail Yakupov to Florida to pick first overall? Or do you keep the third...
April 24, 2014  |  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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April 11, 2014  |  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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April 06, 2014  |  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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April 03, 2014  |  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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April 01, 2014  |  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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March 25, 2014  |  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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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

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...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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