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Video- Tuukku Rask With The Bad Goal Of The Afternoon Games



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Nail Yakupov Slotted In the Top Six For The Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Yakupov mostly has been playing left wing on a line with Duchene, the center, and rookie Alex Kerfoot.

“That line has been really good in camp. All three of those guys,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “I think they’ve found a little chemistry there. Hopefully that will continue and get better and better.”

When asked if he thinks Yakupov will be used in a top-six forward role to begin the season, Bednar quickly said: “Yes.”

“There’s no doubt that he’s talented. There’s no doubt he has a lot of skill,” Landeskog said of Yakupov. “He had some injuries, some tough seasons, but we’re happy that he’s here. What I’ve seen from him so far, I’m really impressed.”


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Nail Yakupov Signed By The Colorado Avalanche

added 12:37pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nail Yakupov to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Yakupov, 23, was the first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft.   He has appeared in 292 career NHL games for the Oilers and St. Louis Blues, tallying 120 points (53g/67a).  The Nizhnekamsk, Russia, native skated in 40 games for the Blues this past season, collecting nine points (3g/6a).

“Nail is a young, skilled winger who will add depth to our lineup,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic.  “We look forward to seeing him at training camp.”

Yakupov made his NHL debut in 2012-13 and went on to lead all NHL rookies in goals (17) and points (31-tied) in 48 games during that shortened season.  He spent four years in Edmonton before being acquired by St. Louis prior to the 2016-17 campaign on Oct. 7.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound right wing played two seasons for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (2010-12).  In 2010-11, he won the Emms Family Award as the OHL’s top rookie and was also named the Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year after leading all first-year players with 101 points (49g/52a) in 65 games.

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The St. Louis Blues Still Believe In Nail Yakupov

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In October, the Blues acquired Yakupov for forward prospect Zach Pochiro and a conditional third-round pick, hoping that a change of scenery would help the 23-year-old, who floundered during four seasons in Edmonton.

Yakupov had a decent start with the Blues, with four points in his first six games, but soon his ice time diminished and he was dropped to the fourth line before becoming a healthy scratch for the first time Nov. 5. He’s sat out seven of the Blues’ past 12 games and isn’t expected to be in the lineup when they host Tampa Bay on Thursday at Scottrade Center. But apparently that doesn’t have the club second-guessing the deal.

“We felt it was a worthwhile gamble,” Armstrong said. “We gave up a third-round draft pick and he’s come in, and quite honestly, someone like Dmitrij Jaskin is really playing great hockey right now and he’s taken away his ice time. That’s just the nature of competition. You’ve got to push and prod and find your way in, and other guys are trying to do it.

“I have a lot of confidence in Yak that he’s going to keep his nose to the grindstone and when he gets his opportunity, he’s just got to make the most of it. We look at it from how our team is doing, not how each individual player is doing, and our team is doing well. He’s part of our team.”

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Morning Line- Nail Yakupov

“It’s not my decision I’m not playing, obviously I couldn’t be happy about it. So, it’s a coach’s decision and nothing I can do about it.”

“I’m not shocked, I just want to play. The four lines are playing good, winning the games and it’s coach’s decision to not put me in the lineup. So I can’t say anything. But the team played good, guys are working hard ... but I couldn’t be comfortable with that.”

-Nail Yakupov after being scratched by the St. Louis Blues for three straight games.  Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has more.

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Nail Yakupov traded to St. Louis

(Oct. 7, 2016) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have acquired 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov (YA-kuh-pawv, NAY-uhl) from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Zach Pochiro and a conditional 2017 third round draft pick. 

Yakupov, 23, dressed in 60 regular season games with the Oilers last season, posting 23 points, including eight goals and 15 assists.  Overall, the 5’11, 195-pound forward has appeared in four NHL seasons, accumulating 111 points, including 50 goals and 61 assists, in 252 career regular season games.

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Will The Edmonton Oilers Finally Move Nail Yakupov?


Bob McKenzie tweets,

Regarding Yakupov to CHI trade rumors, my understanding as follows: CHI has had talks with EDM on Yak, could still have interest in him...

...but there is no imminent deal. CHI, at this moment, still looking at their kids to fill holes, but maybe that changes at some point.

Both gentlemen have more on this topic at their Twitter page....

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It’s About Practice Nail Yakupov

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

Is Nail Yakupov ready to work this year? Is he really going to get another chance on the Oilers? That’s the question that Sportsnet hockey analyst Drew Remenda dug into on Oilers Now on Friday. I put some extra weight into Remenda’s take on this issue, as he’s been tight with Oilers coach Todd McLellan for years.

Remenda was speculating on what lines the Oilers might roll out this coming year. The broadcaster made it clear he is no fan of playing Yakupov again with Connor McDavid but preferred Jordan Eberle in that role.

“If you’re a coach, and I’m putting on my coaching hat, if I look at Jordan Eberle and Connor is telling me, ‘I like playing with that guy,’ I got to listen to my players. And Jordan was so productive with Connor, and I know he’s been productive with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as well, then I’ve got to go with the guy I thought was going to be the strongest and give me the most production, which based on the year was Jordan. There comes a time, like Todd said, ‘When do I have to stop looking for some guy to make that guy better? When is that guy going to make other people better?'”

Remenda then got to the money quote about Yakupov: “I think he’s also got to be a better practice player…I know I talk about this a lot. I know they think I’m a broken record. But we’ve seen Nail Yakupov kind of check out at practice. And he’s got to be better, more focused, determined in practice, because that does 100 per cent transfer over to the game.”


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Matheson on Barrie, Yakupov, Tkachuk the younger and much more

Among the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's "Short Shifts," after a Hockey World spent selling Milan Lucic and Justin Faulk as "fits" for the Edmonton Oilers:

• The Avs probably look at [Justin] Faulk’s contract and say that’s Tyson Barrie’s comparable, and not a cent more. They have a good point. The restricted free-agent Barrie is probably looking for north of $5 million per, so they’ll trade him.

• [Gary] Unger played 914 straight games in the NHL, second longest consecutive-game streak, but his body was damaged after he finished playing.

“I’ve had both my knees and hips replaced,” said Unger. “Not wear and tear so much. I fell off a motorcycle, with Andy Moog in Penticton. Now they’ve fixed my knees and I’m not bow-legged anymore. Now they’re straight and my whole skating stance is really different.”

• We keep forgetting that the Oilers will almost surely trade Yakupov at the draft, and here’s what was proposed at the trade deadline: Yak to New Jersey for their No. 7 D-man Eric Gelinas. Gelinas was subsequently traded to Colorado for a third-round draft pick. Yak’s a good kid, works hard. Is that all he’s worth?

• Most NHL scouts praise winger Matthew Tkachuk’s underrated passing ability, especially on the power play, as much as his shooting skills. Plus, he was a leader on the London Knights and only 18.

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Diving Fines Handed Out To Martin Hanzal And Nail Yakupov, Nazem Kadri Too

NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

added 2:07pm,

NEW YORK (April 1, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been fined a total of $5,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

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The Perception Of Nail Yakupov

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Watching Nail Yakupov play Sunday night, it was easy to see how the NHL draft traps players into being perceived a certain way.

By being the No. 1 pick in his draft year, Yakupov is now perceived as a massive underachiever, a one-dimensional forward unable to play an effective 200-foot game or cement himself as a rock solid piece of Edmonton’s foundation.

In a very general sense, you could argue he and Toronto’s Nazem Kadri are similar kinds of players. But Kadri went seventh in his draft year in a draft that was seven players deep. Toronto couldn’t have done any better, and now they’re just trying to figure out whether Kadri can be a major part of their future. If he’d been the No. 1 pick, like Yakupov, the expectations would have been entirely different, and the disappointment as to where he is at this point in his career much greater.

Or look at Dylan Larkin of the Red Wings. He’s a very good player, but being the 15th pick of his draft season has allowed him to be perceived as a gigantic surprise. If the 2014 draft were to be done over, he’d compete with Aaron Ekblad for the No. 1 pick, which would have made him a much more scrutinized player.

Larkin has 19 goals on a good Detroit team, while Sam Reinhart, who was the second pick after Ekblad that year, has 18 goals on a weak Buffalo team. But Larkin is seen as the star-in-waiting, while Reinhart’s effective season hasn’t attracted anywhere close to the same attention.

That’s what the draft does to the perception of young players.

Yakupov, meanwhile, has gone from scoring 17 goals in 48 games in his rookie season to scoring just six in 46 games this season. It’s not hard to see him as an Oiler on the move this summer.

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The Edmonton Oilers Played Badly Against Carolina, Nail Yakupov Suffers An Injury

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

You know all that talk about the Edmonton Oilers being “visually better” on the ice this season? Well, in Carolina, the visuals weren’t pretty.

They are what it says they are in the standings, certainly with their no-show against the Hurricanes Wednesday.

They looked, numbingly, like cellar-dwellers in the 30th-precinct of the National Hockey League. You can talk yourself blue in the face about Jordan Staal’s hoper from behind the net that pinballed off the left skate of Griffin Reinhart and past goalie Anders Nilsson with 16 seconds left in the first period. Or the Justin Faulk pass to Jeff Skinner that ricocheted off his skate-boot and past Nilsson.

Or, the one-in-a-million chain of events 2-1/2 minutes into the second frame as linesman Matt MacPherson stumbled off a faceoff at centre-ice, and trying not to do a face-plant, reached for a lifeline. He grabbed Oilers winger Nail Yakupov, and Yakupov’s left leg bent awkwardly. Not a good play by the zebra, in hindsight, dragging down an unsuspecting player in a scrum.

While Yakupov never returned, he might not be as badly hurt as it looked on TV replay according to folks around the Oilers locker-room.

And that’s certainly not why the Oilers took a knee, losing 4-1 to the Hurricanes.


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Morning Line- Nail Yakupov

“When I have a chance now, I have to shoot, for sure. You can’t just play the game just for shots. You can make smart plays with a pass.

“But I look at a guy like Ovi (Alex Ovechkin), the best scorer in the world. Everyone knows they have to give it to Ovi.”

-Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers.  More on Yakupov from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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A Two-Year Contract Extension For Nail Yakupov In Edmonton


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What To Do With Nail Yakupov?

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...

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Nail Yakupov Knows This Season Is “Huge” For Him

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."

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Yakupov Undergoing Concussion Protocol, Eakins Uses Video Of Hit As A Teaching Tool

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...

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TSN’s Insider Trading segment addresses Yakupov’s future, Stamkos’s status and more

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:

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Yakupov Just Wants To Play

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."


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Larionov’s comments yield a Yakupov incident on Twitter

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...

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Video- Eakins On Yakupov “This Kid Is Not Going Anywhere”

Edmonton Coach Dallas Eakins spoke with the media after practice today.  The Yakupov conversation starts at the 1:15 mark.


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Brooks: Oilers and Rangers talking trade turkey

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.

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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 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.

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Morning Line

“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.

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Do You Consider This A Dive By Yakupov?


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Video- Dave Tippett Feels Yakupov OT Goal Was A Blown Call

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...


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Do You Have An Issue With The Yakupov Goal?

from TSN,

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."

more and if you yet to see the goal, you can watch it here...

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Yakupov Can Play With KHL Team

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."


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Yakupov Drawing Comparisons To Radulov

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.


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Yakupov Can’t Play With KHL Team

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.

added 11:02am,


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Nail Yakupov Signs With Edmonton

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.

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Player Agent Larionov Says Oilers Should Take Yakupov

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.”


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Top Prospect Yakupov A Recipient Of A Head Shot

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…


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