To the surprise of no one, the Nail Yakupov camp is apparently adamant that the NHL's No. 1 overall pick will not return to the Sarnia Sting.

The Sting are the only team Yakupov is eligible to play for. However, Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov relayed a report from Russia where the 18-year-old's dad, Rail Yakupov, seemed upset at the Sting and his son's agent Igor Larionov. (And why not?)

There were rumblings last year that the elder Yakupov was none too pleased (a difficult to please hockey dad, really?) about the course of his son's season with the Sting. Nail Yakupov was limited to 42 games by back and knee injuries, which jeopardized his chances of being drafted No. 1 overall. (Or would have if teammate Alex Galchenyuk hadn't been injured as well and/or there had been another top Canadian forward at the top of the 2012 draft class.) That's all part of the game, but one can imagine Rail Yakupov wishing to blame the team.