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from Craig Custance of ESPN,
One of the most interesting decisions Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish will have to make this offseason is what to do with Nail Yakupov, who Yakupov scored again on Wednesday and added an assist, turning March into his most productive month of the season.
He appears to be earning the trust of coach Todd Nelson with his ice time this month at a season-high 18:02 per game. He also has seven points in eight games.
Yakupov is a restricted free agent after this season, and at some point MacTavish is going to have to spin off one of his forwards for more help on defense, especially if the Oilers somehow land one of the top two picks in the draft. But is now the time to sell on Yakupov, before he really starts tapping into his talent? It'll be fascinating to see how this plays out.
read on for Burnside and LeBrun on the Ducks, Powers on the Blackhawks and Strang on the salary cap...
from Derek Van Diest at NHL.com,
After spending the majority of the offseason in Russia, the Edmonton Oilers' right wing has returned to prepare for the upcoming NHL season, having put a disappointing second season behind him.
"It might be a huge year for me and that's why I'm here, to work on some things and to be here and train," Yakupov said Tuesday during a visit to the Oilers' summer hockey school. "I just want to be ready for the season. I'm going to be doing some different things this year. I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come."...
"My season was over after [teammate] Justin Schultz's shot hit me in the foot," Yakupov said of a March 16 game. "I haven't even thought about last year. I have recovered from my foot injury. I worked over the summer on my foot and tried to skate a little bit. I feel pretty good and I'm ready to go. I'm 100 percent and I can do everything with my foot."
via Marc Ciampa of the Oilers' website,
Eakins noted that Yakupov is currently undergoing the concussion protocol as the team tries to assess where he’s at. He added that he didn’t feel like the hit which put him out in Minnesota was a dirty one.
“I saw it as a hard hit. I didn’t think it was a bad hit, one that would be suspendable. We used it as an example in the video today. That’s a place now where all the teams are promoting back pressure. And those guys coming back hard, they’re not just pulling back waiting for the defenceman, they’re coming back looking to steal the puck. Or if you turn up or get stalled, they’re going to take you out.
We use that more as a teaching lesson. That’s not a good place to start to stickhandle with the puck, somebody’s coming from the other side.
Watch the hit below, scroll to the :40 second mark to access it quickly...
TSN's Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun offered a slate of scoops on the latest episode of TSN's Insider Trading, and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's GM's meetings blog entry (it's a blog entry, not a blog, Mr. LeBrun), and the gents covered oodles of issues, starting with Nail Yakupov...
Is there any chance Nail Yakupov ends up being traded out of Edmonton?
Dreger: Not this year. The Oilers have no intentions of trading him. What they need from him, given the fact that he's played 65 NHL games, is to figure it out. He needs to start being a better defensive player, he needs to mature a little bit, work on the issues in his game and be ready for the time when Ales Hemsky is traded by the Oilers so he can take a more predominant role. As for the Igor Larionov story, Craig MacTavish spoke to him and there are no issues there.
And they continue, discussing Vernon Fiddler's future in Dallas, a possible Hiller-to-Nashville scenario, the Florida Panthers,' "Almost Everyone Must Go" sale, P.K. Subban's contract status, and, as you might expect, Steven Stamkos' situation:
from Chris Westcott at the Olers website,
"I know that (Larionov is) coming and we've got to do something because I don't see any trust in me now," said Yakupov. "I'm playing lower and lower minutes and I just want to help my team win every game and try to do something. I'm trying to shoot, trying to skate, trying to hit but I haven't had that much chance to do that. It's been very hard to watch the game from the bench when my teammates are fighting for pucks or points because I know I can do the same thing."
Yakupov is averaging 15:28 of ice-time per game, however has saw those numbers dwindle recently and has not played over 12 minutes in a game since November 5, against the Florida Panthers (12:47).
"I just want to play. I don't want to play nine or five minutes. I think I can play more and I can help my teammates to do something to get some points. We need points. I'm 20 years-old and I think that's a pretty important year for me to learn how to play hockey.
"I just want to play, I want to help and I want to have fun. It's a simple thing. I want to play hockey."
Updated with more from Larionov at 2:57 AM: The Twitter world is going a little crazy over the following Tweets from ESPN's Craig Custance:
You can imagine that the Oilers' press corps is weighing in, with the Edmonton Journal's David Staples offering the following...
Edmonton Coach Dallas Eakins spoke with the media after practice today. The Yakupov conversation starts at the 1:15 mark.
Take this for what you will. The New York Post's Larry Brooks suggests that the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers may be pursuing a trade because the Rangers have come up short on offense minus the concussed Rick Nash:
The Oilers dispatched a scouting expedition featuring their president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special adviser Mark Messier to the Garden on Monday for the Rangers’ 2-1 defeat to the Ducks.
Edmonton, which has opened 3-10-2 under first-year coach Dallas Eakins, is believed to be accepting offers for veteran winger Ales Hemsky while also exploring the market for second-year winger Nail Yakupov, the first overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft.
Even if interested in Hemsky, the Blueshirts would have to maneuver to get under the cap in order to accommodate the 30-year-old. Hemsky is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
“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 like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift. I don’t think it’s my game.”
-Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers on being a healthy scratch last night. More from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal.
added 9:33am 10/14/13, Watch Dallas Eakins explain the benching and Yakupov talks too.
“This year is sure to be sparkling. If we don’t get into the playoffs, then you’ve got to wonder. We’ve reshuffled, management has changed … something has to happen this season in terms of taking a step forward.”
-Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers on the upcoming season via R-Sport.
Here is the OT goal, scroll to the 1:45 mark to understand why Tippett could be upset.
Tippet's reaction to the goal is the first thing addressed in his post-game media scrum which is in the 2nd video below...
TSN analyst and three-time Stanley Cup-winning defenceman Aaron Wardalso had no issues with Yakupov's reaction. "There should be no one that has a problem with this," Ward said on the NHL on TSN on Thursday night. "It was genuine, in the moment, it was a big goal and the second of his career."
But the visiting Kings didn't take kindly to Yakupov's post-goal antics. "I won't even say anything about that, it wasn't something that was looked on in a positive light in our dressing room, but so be it," forward Jarret Stoll said after the game. "He made a great play on the goal and did his celebration."
from the CP at TSN,
Yakupov, the No. 1 pick by the Edmonton Oilers at this year's draft, was suspended earlier in the week after it was revealed he didn't secure a transfer card to join Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.
The International Ice Hockey Federation ruled he played illegally when he suited up for his hometown team in two games earlier this month.
Hockey Canada, which refused to sign off on Yakupov's transfer, and the Canadian Hockey League both believed he belonged with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.
But Hockey Canada has since changed its tune.
"Hockey Canada and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation have announced that the OHL has determined that Yakupov had no independent legal advice when, at the age of 17 years old, he signed his contract with Sarnia," the Hockey Canada statement read. "His release goes into effect immediately."
from Peter Adler of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
... speaking of the Oilers: in the ideal world they would discipline Yakupov to the full extent of the league’s bylaws for insubordination. They would also let him know in no uncertain words that he would have to stay in Sarnia until his contract there expires.
Except: this is not an ideal world. Fearing Yakupov might feel he had been mistreated, and that he might bolt for Mother Russia again, doing another Radulov, so to speak, they would give him red-carpet treatment upon his return.
Well, here’s a word of advice, as if the Oilers wanted it: if you ignore Yakupov’s shenanigans now, the day will come (and sooner than you expect) when you’ll regret even thinking about drafting they guy, never mind doing so, and then signing him to an NHL contract.
Nail Yakupov is a bad apple just waiting to grow on you.
MOSCOW, September 26 (RIA Novosti) – The KHL has imposed a temporary ban on NHL No. 1 draft pick Nail Yakupov, preventing him from playing for lockout team Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk until an investigation into the forward is resolved, the league said Wednesday.
The KHL statement said the 18-year-old starlet, who has already made two appearances for Neftekhimik after his lockout contract was reigstered last Thursday, can not take to the ice again under the International Ice Hockey Federation has given the all-clear.
Contacted by R-Sport, the IIHF could not immediately clarify the nature of the probe into Yakupov, though it may involve objections from his NHL team the Edmonton Oilers over his participation in the Russian-based league.
The return of the starlet forward to Russia was hampered by Edmonton, which intended to send him to Canadian major junior team Sarnia Sting, where he had racked up 170 points in 107 games before being drafted.
The IIHF is supposed to release a statement today which I will add to this post when available.
via Oilers press release,
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed right-winger Nail Yakupov to a three-year entry level contract.
Steve Tambellini says, “We’re very happy to sign Nail to a three-year contract. He’s an extremely talented and passionate young man who we feel will be an integral part of our team for many years to come.”
Yakupov, who was selected 1st overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, played in 42 games last season for the Sarnia Sting collecting 69 points (31G, 38A).
In 2010-11, the 5’11”, 190-pound right-winger recorded 101 points (49G, 52A) in 65 games with Sarnia. That year he was named the OHL Rookie of the Month three times as well as the OHL Rookie of the Year and BMO Rookie of the Year in the CHL.
from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,
Igor Larionov believes the Edmonton Oilers could regret it if they don’t select right wing Nail Yakupov with the first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, June 22 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Larionov, the Hockey Hall of Fame player turned agent for Yakupov and Sarnia teammate Alex Galchenyuk recently sat down with NHL.com to discuss his two prized prospects. Yakupov is NHL Central Scouting’s top-rated North American skater, while Galchenyuk is No. 4.
“To me, I would go for Nail to get that whole lineup of great players for the next 10-plus years with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov,” Larionov told NHL.com. “I know it’s a tough decision, but if I were GM, I would take Nail and enjoy this young group grow and develop for many years.
“It would be like [Mark] Messier, Jari Kurri and [Wayne] Gretzky all over again. Another generation of great players … it would be fantastic to see the new Oilers of a new era with that talent and speed.”
from Dave Paul of the Sarnia Observer,
The stage has been set for a stirring playoff series, should the Sarnia Sting and Owen Sound Attack meet in the first round of the OHL postseason…
Sting superstar Nail Yakupov cruised into the Owen Sound zone cut towards the middle of the ice, then, briefly, lost control of the puck.
As Yakupov tried to regain control, he reached out, putting him in a vulnerable position and Owen Sound captain Mike Halmo leveled him with a devastating hit….
Following the game, Sting coach Jacques Beaulieu said Halmo — who was assessed a charging penalty and a game misconduct — deserves a lengthy suspension for his actions.
“He left his feet,” to deliver the hit, said Beaulieu. “We went back and watched it (on replay) several times.”
Beaulieu said the side of Yakupov’s face took the brunt of the hit.
He needed, “a bunch of stitches ... and he was scraped up,” said Beaulieu, who added the team will wait to see how he feels on Sunday morning before deciding whether concussion testing will be necessary.
more and watch the hit below…