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10 Nail Yakupov RW
Height/Weight: 5-11/186 | Birthdate: 10/6/1993 | Birthplace: Nizhnekamsk, Russia | Team: Edmonton Oilers | College: None | NHL Experience: 2 | Salary: $925,000 | Owned/Started%: 36/16 | Average Draft Position: 181.69
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4/15/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Out For Worlds Due To Hip Injury

News: Nail Yakupov is dealing with a hip injury and will not compete for Russia during the World Championships in May, Jack Michaels of Oilers Radio Network reports.
Analysis: After meeting with the Oilers' training staff for an end-of-the-season checkup, Nail Yakupov was diagnosed with bilateral hip injuries that will require him to take some time off the ice to rehab. The team doesn't seem too concerned about the injuries limiting Yakupov's availability for the start of the 2015-16 season, as he was signed to a two-year, $5 million contract extension two days earlier.

4/13/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers Extend Yakupov

News: The Oilers have signed Nail Yakupov to a two-year contract extension, with a reported average annual value of $2.5 million, the Edmonton Sun reports.
Analysis: The 21-year-old -- who was the first pick overall in the 2012 NHL Draft -- is coming off a season in which he recorded a career-high 33 points (including 14 goals) in 81 games. While his extension won't necessarily keep him with the Oilers for the long haul, Nail Yakupov will at least have a couple more seasons in which to continue to develop with the team's young core, which also currently includes the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz.

4/10/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Gets Unassisted Tally In Loss

News: Nail Yakupov netted an unassisted goal in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Sharks.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov took advantage of a Justin Braun turnover to find twine for his 13th tally. The winger took a minus-1 rating for the night to drop him to an ugly minus-35 for the season, but his inspired play since the beginning of February has offered something of a silver lining. While more was expected from the former No. 1 overall draft pick at this stage of his career, Yakupov has shown signs of putting it together with 20 points over his last 30 contests. He could be a breakout candidate in 2015-16, when he'll be just 22 years old.

3/26/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Picks Up Assist In Victory

News: Nail Yakupov registered an assist in Wednesday's win over the Avalanche.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov is back on the fantasy radar with four points in the past five games, but one cannot ignore that he's at minus-33 for the second consecutive season. The Oilers have the third youngest team in the NHL with an average player age of 26.293, and Yakupov is five years younger than that, so he has plenty of room to mature on both ends of the ice.

3/19/2015

Nail Yakupov, RW, EDM Oilers' Yakupov Nabs Goal, Assist In Loss

Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Nabs Goal, Assist In Loss

News: Nail Yakupov collected a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: The former first overall pick has been on fire lately, posting six points in his last five games, and finally showing flashes of fulfilling his potential. He's got just 12 goals, 16 assists and a minus-33 rating in 70 games on the year, so he'll need to be more consistent to become a real option in most fantasy leagues.

3/13/2015

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Points Still Coming For Oilers' Yakupov

News: Nail Yakupov registered an assist and put four shots on goal in Thursday's loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: After returning from a groin injury late in February, Nail Yakupov has been able to maintain the improved play he had shown prior to sustaining the ailment. He's notched a goal, two assists, and 20 shot attempts in his six games since returning, and has 11 points over his last 14 contests. The plus/minus rating is still ugly and isn't likely to improve this season, but Yakupov's uptick in offensive proficiency might make him an interesting pickup off the waiver wire.

2/28/2015

Nail Yakupov, RW, EDM Oilers' Yakupov Returning To Action Saturday

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Oilers' Yakupov Returning To Action Saturday

News: Nail Yakupov (groin) will return to the Edmonton lineup Saturday against St. Louis, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov missed Tuesday's game against Minnesota with the groin ailment, but appeared to shake off the injury quickly. He returned to full practice Thursday without any issues, so he'll be cleared to slot back in on Edmonton's second line, where he'll join Teddy Purcell and Derek Roy. Yakupov was playing his best hockey of the season prior to the succumbing to the minor injury, producing four goals and five assists over his last eight games. Hopefully, the short absence won't do much to disrupt his rhythm.

2/26/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Practicing Thursday

News: Nail Yakupov (groin) returned to practice Thursday, according to the Oilers' web site.
Analysis: The Oilers don't play again until Saturday, but a return to practice should be a good sign that Nail Yakupov will play. On the whole, Yakupov's play has been disappointing this season, but he had been heating up prior to the injury, producing four goals and eight points in his last eight games.

2/24/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Day-To-Day

News: Nail Yakupov (groin) won't play Tuesday against the Wild.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov, who evidently suffered a groin injury Saturday against the Ducks, is considered day-to-day, with his absence from Tuesday's contest viewed as a precautionary measure. Though only a short-term absence looks to be in store, it's still a tough break for Yakupov, who had been playing his best hockey of the season with seven points in his last eight games.

2/24/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Unlikely To Play Tuesday

News: Nail Yakupov (undisclosed) is unlikely to play Tuesday versus the Wild, according to the Oilers web site.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov is said to have "tweaked" something in the game versus Anaheim but no word yet on to what exactly is bothering him or how long he may be out for.

2/23/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Leaves Practice Early

News: Nail Yakupov (undisclosed) was forced to leave practice early Monday.
Analysis: The Oilers are calling his removal from practice "precautionary" and will monitor him Tuesday morning to see if he is healthy enough to play later that evening versus Minnesota.

2/16/2015

Nail Yakupov, RW, EDM Oilers' Yakupov Keeps Streak Going

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Oilers' Yakupov Keeps Streak Going

News: Nail Yakupov bagged two goals -- one on the power play -- in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov has now run his point streak to five straight as he's having by far his most productive month of the season. Still, the 21-year-old has managed to see a dip in most of his numbers from last season's immensely disappointing campaign, and even with the recent outburst he has just 19 points on the season.

2/15/2015

Nail Yakupov, RW, EDM Oilers' Yakupov Extends Point Streak To Four

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Oilers' Yakupov Extends Point Streak To Four

News: Nail Yakupov recorded an assist in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Senators, extending his point streak to four games.
Analysis: It's the second-longest streak of Nail Yakupov's career, but that's probably more of an indictment of his slow development than anything. Many were pegging Yakupov for a bounce back in 2014-15 after a disastrous sophomore campaign, but he's somehow seemed to regress even further. He's sitting on a minus-28 rating over 57 games, and even after the modest point surge, he's still scoring at a lower rate (0.29 points per game) than last season (0.38).

2/9/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Gets Game-Winner

News: Nail Yakupov potted the game-winning goal on the power-play in Monday's 2-1 win over the Devils.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov finished the game with a minus-1 rating, bringing his total on the season down to an alarming minus-27, tied for third worst in the league. After flashing his potential in his strike-shortened rookie season, the winger has just 14 points through 54 games and has mostly let down owners who have still held on to him this long.

2/3/2015

Nail Yakupov, RW, EDM Oilers' Yakupov Picks Up Assist In Win

Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Picks Up Assist In Win

News: Nail Yakupov collected an assist in Monday's shootout win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov would later have his shootout attempt denied by Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, but it still amounted to a productive night compared to what the youngster has delivered recently. He's accumulated just five points across the last two months, showing limited progress in his quest to return to the form he showed as a rookie.

1/10/2015

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Nail Yakupov

Rare Points For Oilers' Yakupov Friday

News: Nail Yakupov scored his fifth goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's surprising 5-2 win over the visiting Blackhawks. He also skated to a plus-3 rating.
Analysis: The lamp-lighter snaps a 14-game goalless drought for the former first overall pick. With just 11 points and an atrocious minus-17 rating in 42 games this year, Nail Yakupov hasn't provided much fantasy value regardless of league format, as he continues to frustrate those in keeper leagues in particular who cling to him hoping he'll somehow fulfill his potential.

1/8/2015

Nail Yakupov, RW, EDM Oilers' Yakupov Still Not Producing

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Oilers' Yakupov Still Not Producing

News: Nail Yakupov only has two points in the past two months for the Oilers, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: On the season Nail Yakupov only has four goals in 41 games. That's incredible for a player who was drafted first overall in 2012. Yakupov has played on the third line for most of the season so he isn't playing with the most talented of teammates but that is still not an excuse for his lack of production. The Oilers have been giving him time on the second line and the second power play unit so perhaps his numbers will pick up but one has to wonder if a change of scenery would be best for everyone involved.

12/23/2014

Nail Yakupov, RW, EDM Oilers' Yakupov Has Ice Time Cut

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Oilers' Yakupov Has Ice Time Cut

News: Nail Yakupov saw his ice time cut in Edmonton's loss to Dallas on Sunday, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov has been an enigma since day one with Edmonton. He has the talent to be a top line player but has yet to put it all together. He has no points in his last seven games and only one in his last 18. He is yet another Edmonton player that may need a change of scenery.

12/7/2014

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Cashes In On Power Play Sunday

News: Nail Yakupov netted a power-play goal in Sunday's win over San Jose.
Analysis: A big goal for Nail Yakupov, who had gone 10 straight games without recording a point. With only four goals and eight points in 27 games, the 21-year-old is once again on track for another disappointing season. Unless things change in Edmonton, Yakupov has been too inconsistent to be trusted in fantasy leagues right now.

11/13/2014

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Set To Play Thursday

News: Nail Yakupov (wrist) is set to play Thursday against the Senators.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov took a slice to the wrist at the tail end of Tuesday's game against the Predators, but it wasn't anything that warranted much concern. While the former No. 1 pick isn't exactly lighting it up for Edmonton, his seven points and minus-4 rating over 16 games represent a drastic improvement from the woeful numbers he provided during his sophomore season.

11/11/2014

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Cuts Wrist

News: Nail Yakupov suffered a cut on his wrist at the end of the game versus Nashville on Tuesday, according to the Oilers web site.
Analysis: Although Nail Yakupov needed a couple of stitches to close the wound, the injury is not serious and should not keep him out of the lineup.

11/2/2014

Nail Yakupov, RW, EDM Oilers' Yakupov Could Move To Top Line

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Oilers' Yakupov Could Move To Top Line

News: Nail Yakupov could move up to the top line for Edmonton, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: With Taylor Hall out for 2-4 weeks someone will need to take his spot on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Nail Yakupov was that person Saturday versus Vancouver and could be once again Tuesday in Philadelphia.

10/31/2014

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Edmonton Wants Yakupov To Shoot More

News: The Oilers are encouraging Nail Yakupov to shoot the puck more often, according to the Oilers web site.
Analysis: In the 10 games Nail Yakupov has played so far this season he only has 16 shots. The Oilers want him to start to think about shooting first and passing second. Yakupov has a good and accurate shot, something Edmonton wants to see Yakupov use about a half dozen times per game.

10/12/2014

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov Nets First Goal Of Season

News: Nail Yakupov scored a goal in Saturday's shootout loss to the Canucks.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov gave the Oilers a two-goal lead with his marker early in the second period, giving him two points through the team's first two games. However, he skated only 16 shifts on the evening, finishing with 9:50 of ice time. While the lack of minutes could be something to monitor, it's encouraging to see the gifted Russian off to a respectable start this season. He contributed a disappointing 24 points and a horrid minus-33 rating over 63 games in 2013-14.

9/18/2014

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Nail Yakupov

Oilers' Yakupov To Start On Third Line

News: Nail Yakupov will open up training camp on the third line, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov played mainly on the right wing last season but will be moved to the left side this season playing on a line with Mark Arcobello and Teddy Purcell. This is obviously not good for fantasy owners but this is also not written in stone. A productive camp could see Yakupov bumped back up to the second line.