THE ULTIMATE?

Lowetide
January 20 2013 08:11AM

In a few hours we'll be watching our beloved Hall and Ebs with their Oiler mates against the Godless Canucks and their riot fans. A new addiiton this season to the cluster is young Russian winger Nail Yakupov. Who might end up being the best of the bunch.

If we compare the draft years of Edmonton's #1 overall selections the results favor Hall:

  • Taylor Hall 57, 40-66-106 1.86 points-per-game
  • Yakupov 42, 31-38-69 1.64 points-per-game
  • Nuge 69, 31-75-106 1.54 points-per-game

However, Yakupov had a mid-season knee injury that impacted his performance in a big way.

  • pre-injury: 26, 21-32-53 2.04ppg
  • post-injury: 16, 10-6-16 1.00ppg
  • overall: 42, 31-38-69 1.64ppg

Yakupov's performance in the KHL this season--a man's league and considered the best pro league outside the NHL--suggests that we're talking about an elite level player perhaps on par with Hall in his draft season.

WHAT THE HELL?

More than Hall--who was a big star and a Memorial Cup wizard--and more than Nuge--who was famous too and just down the road--Yakupov has been performing off Broadway (Sarnia) and Off-OFF Broadway (Russia) over the last 18 months. For Oiler fans, tonight will be the first look at the new number 1 as an Oiler since drafting him and math suggests he's going to be exceptional.

It is not certain but it is possible that Nail Yakupov will prove to be the best Edmonton Oiler in this cluster.

RUSSIAN SERIES/WJ

During two tournaments with "small sample sizes" Yakupov's play came under scrutiny and question. In the Subway series across the CHL, Yakupov looked good but did not dominate and at the WJ's he was less than expected in many eyes. However, the KHL results (22, 10-8-18) against much stronger competition should be given more weight.

I think Yakupov is going to impact the Oilers in a big way. Maybe not tonight--he's got to be nervous playing in his first NHL game--but over this 48 games schedule and beyond.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

As good as Taylor Hall is already--and make no mistake he's pushing the river and has the look of an elite EVs outscorer as a kid--Yakupov's skills suggest he may end up being his equal or more offensively. Although he is unlikely to get the push Hall received as a rookie (the Oilers are a much better hockey club now) we should expect Hall's rookie season as a reasonable "line in the sand" for Yakupuv at evens.

This kid is special, too.

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#1 pelhem grenville
January 20 2013, 08:16AM
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a moving piece...thanks LT

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmila

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#3 pelhem grenville
January 20 2013, 08:20AM
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...like to see 64 score a couple on Schneider and a couple more on the LOUUUUUUU 2...

three letters come to mine ...

and then there was a loooong silence...

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#4 pelhem grenville
January 20 2013, 08:21AM
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...dress?> what dress?

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#5 The Towel Boy
January 20 2013, 08:22AM
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Yeah! My Netscape Navigator 3.0 can render these animated GIFs without breaking a sweat.

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#6 pelhem grenville
January 20 2013, 08:23AM
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...bar none

prolly THE best WDIAM?

...ever!!!!!

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#7 Locksmithluke
January 20 2013, 08:34AM
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Awoke at 5:15 this morning, and the first thought in my head was quite literally "GAME DAY"!!! Reminiscent of the feelings on Christmas Morning in my younger days, simply put... Giddy!!

Here's hoping to a season of more "W's" than not, a season of the young guns topping the standings!! A season where the good folks of The Nation can proudly sport their bumper stickers and hoodies, and even perhaps, just maybe... DSF can show a little love for the boys in copper an' blue!!

Game On!!

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#8 pelhem grenville
January 20 2013, 08:34AM
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...although in odds and sods Cheryl Ladd wore just enough to cover the parking meter...

...how I dig your taste in women sir!!!!!

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#9 pelhem grenville
January 20 2013, 08:37AM
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...luke go back to bed and rethink the XXX comment... he's our best troll ever on this site and he's never gonna have any love for our boys...

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#10 bdiddy18
January 20 2013, 08:52AM
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This kid will ignite the league with his end to end rushes that Pavel Bure made the hall of fame for.

When it comes to decision time (if we have to) on which young gun to trade...Yakopov will seal Hall's fate and we trade Hall because we got the Yak attack.

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#11 Darrell
January 20 2013, 08:58AM
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Had a beer n' clam to celebrate puck drop yesterday afternoon and today starts even earlier ..... If my Facons and Oilers win today I hope is Betty Ford has Cente Ice ! Gameday all around boys! - CHEERS .....

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#12 Stack Pad Save
January 20 2013, 09:19AM
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Anyone still want to trade for Luongo? LOL loved watching that Vancouver headache unfold. Eat it Canuckleheads.

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#13 Locksmithluke
January 20 2013, 09:20AM
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@pelhem grenville

Hah hah... Notice how I said "just maybe"... Out of the literal 100's of comments by Mr.DSF how I would love to see an abbrieviated "... But they looked good" at or near the conclusion! :) Cheers!

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#14 Fatbob24
January 20 2013, 09:22AM
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I love these GIF's, she is hot in that dress. I cannot wait to watch the Canucks get steam rolled two night in a row!

*and as a side note, if anyone is looking for easy money, sign me up for a hockey pool cause I suck, hah.

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#15 Thumby
January 20 2013, 09:23AM
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For the love of all things that are related to the Oilers we are almost ready to erase the last 2+ decades of futility!

THANK YOU FOR FINALLY CHANGINNG THE LAST GAME SCORE from VAN 3 - EDM -0 to next game tonight!

I've been looking at that and cursing for 3/4 of a year...

GO Oil!

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#16 bucketoffish
January 20 2013, 09:38AM
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Is there a cheat sheet for acronyms used on this here blog?

What does "EV" stand for?

Thanks, The guy in the Oiler hoodie sitting in BC bar waiting for the puck to drop

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#17 grantload
January 20 2013, 09:55AM
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bucketoffish wrote:

Is there a cheat sheet for acronyms used on this here blog?

What does "EV" stand for?

Thanks, The guy in the Oiler hoodie sitting in BC bar waiting for the puck to drop

It means Even Strength. By the way, if you are in Vancouver there is a bar in Gastown called The Black Frog which is a haven for expat Oiler fans.

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#18 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
January 20 2013, 10:08AM
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Where the hell is our GDB 1.0???? I need the GDP, OGDP, & NSOGDP.

It's GAME DAY BITCHES.....DROP THE PUCK

GO OILERS

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#19 StHenriOilBomb
January 20 2013, 10:54AM
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so excited for game day! I hope the Canucks aren't too pissed from their horrible loss last night. Oh well, maybe they'll try to run someone early and we get a quick pp goal... OH! the possibilities are endless. A REAL NHL HOCKEY GAME!!!!

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#20 Czar
January 20 2013, 11:03AM
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StHenriOilBomb wrote:

so excited for game day! I hope the Canucks aren't too pissed from their horrible loss last night. Oh well, maybe they'll try to run someone early and we get a quick pp goal... OH! the possibilities are endless. A REAL NHL HOCKEY GAME!!!!

It's the Canuck fans who are already pissed! They've started drinking already,not because of last nights loss but because of what's coming tonight!!

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#21 Jay Gray
January 20 2013, 11:04AM
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The butterflies are fluttering, I feel giddy as a 9 year old school girl. My liver is thankful that this is a Sunday night game and not a Saturday game. I curse the schedule maker (CBC) for tonight I will stay sober.

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#22 Mark-LW
January 20 2013, 11:17AM
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IT'S GAME DAY BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#23 Mac962
January 20 2013, 11:29AM
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Liver will take a pounding today again, ouch. How can it not, Sabres and Flyers are on now, 2-SHOULD BE GREAT Football games , Flames v Sharks for a early AHL Game :-) then the MiGhTy OilErS !!!!!

Just killed a Sleemans Clear....and begin. I DONT WORK TILL WEDNESDAY SO GET OFF MY BACK ...Sorry Bitches.. :-)

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#24 Shane
January 20 2013, 11:32AM
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grantload wrote:

It means Even Strength. By the way, if you are in Vancouver there is a bar in Gastown called The Black Frog which is a haven for expat Oiler fans.

Good food at the Black Frog as well, I think it's owned by Edmontonians if I'm not mistaken.

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#25 MAC962
January 20 2013, 11:34AM
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Ooops i forgot. Is there a logical explanation why FISTRIC is apparently a healthy scratch ? Not enough time with the Oilers? I just dont get it, Dont tell me POTHEAD [Sorry Cory] is fleeter of foot, if he is its not by much. Sisters would be keeping their brown eye open watching for Fistric moving laterally across the ice ... i dont think they are worried about Potter...

Yeah, i know its not likely Fistrics pairing would be on the ice much when the girls are on. PK Maybe....

First time ever i wish this was an afternoon game... or morning lol..

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#26 John Chambers
January 20 2013, 11:41AM
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Hey bitches, guess what?

It's gameday.

Bitches.

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#27 Mac962
January 20 2013, 12:06PM
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Bitches- the name of the day for the brotherhood.

Hope all of you bitches have a great day , and more so, our bitches in Copper n Blue tonight, or White n Copper n Blue.

PS- Dont go outside. Its Cold.

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#28 justDOit
January 20 2013, 12:07PM
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@MAC962

I believe that K commented on how Fistric hasn't had enough time with the team yet.

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#29 Will
January 20 2013, 12:31PM
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Man Scniner looked so bad last night. I know Van has some good defense, but without a second line it's all on them. Any team with more than one scoring line is going to light this team up until their second line returns. Last night Van did a semi decent job of trying to shut down the ryan getzlaf line, but that left Selanee up against little.

Also, did anyone watch the Detroit game? Oh, I hope that was just a one off for them and they figure out a way to play without Lidstrom. I predict ala the Running Man, Lidstrom comes back out of retirement.

Also, as I suspected, the Blues and Dallas looked really good.

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#30 Walter Sobchak
January 20 2013, 02:22PM
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Oh man! This day feels better then Christmas!

It's game day Bitches!

Oh!, Mila, Mila,Mila,Mila,Mila,Mila красивый

Yakupov rules!

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#31 BJammin
January 20 2013, 03:55PM
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Oh the excitement! Can't wait for this one...yesterday was a great day for hockey, and today will be even better!!

(shotgun's a Lucky Lager in anticipation of the Oilers shotgunning pucks through Roberto tonight!)

GAME DAY BITCHES!!!

GO OILERS!!!

Another note: St. Louis looks amazing...Stewart and Tarasenko are studs

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#32 BJammin
January 20 2013, 03:57PM
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Oh, and anyone else see that Cheechoo was signed by OKC on a PTO?

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#33 Taylor Gang
January 20 2013, 06:39PM
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bdiddy18 wrote:

This kid will ignite the league with his end to end rushes that Pavel Bure made the hall of fame for.

When it comes to decision time (if we have to) on which young gun to trade...Yakopov will seal Hall's fate and we trade Hall because we got the Yak attack.

Don't be so sure about that. 1) Of the three kids, Hall played the highest level of competition last year, in fact he played the fourth highest level of competition on the team. And he had the highest Corsi rating on the oilers.

2) Hall is a left wing, Yakupov is a right wing. Eberle has sealed his spot as our first line right winger. Hall is our best left winger as well. They won't make Yakupov play on his off-wing forever.

3) Yakupov has yet to play an NHL game my friend. Injuries aside, Hall is our best goal scorer, not to mention Hall has much better WJ stats. Why would they trade Hall for a player with the "Russian factor"?

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#34 Dog Train
January 20 2013, 06:49PM
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Offensively, I think that the Yak has more finish than Hall, is faster than Eberle or Nuge and is an underrated playmaker. Still, I am not sure that he will hit the ground running. I think he'll have a bit of a longer learning curve than the other 3 super kids because of some bad habits that he picked up in the KHL and with the crazy Russian coaching at the WJCs. When he figures it out, look out.

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