Nail Yakupov: Bigger, healthier, happier

Jonathan Willis
September 19 2014 07:00AM

Nail Yakupov

The relationship between 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov and Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is one that’s been much written about. From the outside, we don’t actually know much about the dynamic, but it’s a critical one if Edmonton is to get the most out of the talented sniper who struggled so badly in 2013-14.

Judging from what was said on the first day of training camp, it’s a relationship that has improved greatly with communication and familiarity.

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Nation World HQ
September 19 2014 05:30AM


Training camps open, Taylor Hall just getting started, David Clarkson and his contract, TJ Brodie with a Norris in his future, Markus Naslund to the hall of fame and more in this week's Roundup.

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September 18 2014 07:15PM

We're off and running with Oilers news out of training camp, and coach Dallas Eakins had some home truths for the microphones today. Issue one: "We have two NHL centermen!" Ahem. What does that mean? Opportunity!

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Robin Brownlee
September 18 2014 02:40PM


The first puck hasn’t yet dropped for the on-ice portion of 2014 training camp for the Edmonton Oilers, but I don’t see a lot of questions regarding what the team’s opening night roster will look like.

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Day One: Hall,Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle will play together

Jason Gregor
September 18 2014 11:43AM

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Training camp officially began today. The players went through a wide range of medical testing to gauge their endurance, strength, mobility, agility, eyes, teeth and overall health. They will be on the ice tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., the practices are open to the public, and they have been divided into three teams: Team Gretzky, Team Messier and Team Kurri.

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