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 available. The problem is, no one really wants him. Certainly not for the value that the Edmonton Oilers are going to need to get back in return. And you can see why. He had opportunities in this game early on. He scored one goal in his last 11 games. He was on the ice late in the game when the Blues scored to tie the hockey game. He’s an NHL worst -30. He lacks commitment. He thinks that skill is enough to be an NHL player. And the unfortunate reality for Nail Yakupov is that, yes, he’s a skilled player, but not an elite level skill player. And until he finds a way to absorb the message, the market on Nail Yakupov isn’t going to be great. They might have to package him with a collection of assets to get something better in return.” My take? Yakupov has 11 goals and 24 points in 61 games. This is far off his rookie pace under head coach Ralph Krueger, when Yakupov had 31 points in 48 games. Yakupov had great luck shooting the puck as a rookie, not so good luck this year. He’s also had a new head coach.
TSN’s Dreger rips Nail Yakupov, says it’s unlikely he will be with Oilers next season
Edmonton Journal | Mar 14