YAK CITY TURMOIL?

Lowetide
October 14 2013 07:27AM

Nail Yakupov was a healthy scratch on Saturday night, and it appears some members of the family took it harder than others.

Eronko is certainly a credible source, and it's important to know this is out there. Having said that, it's also important to keep in mind that the player hasn't reacted in this way and that Dads have overreacted in the past. Yakupov DID express himself yesterday (via Joanne Ireland)

  • Yakupov: “I wasn’t happy about it last night. You can say a million words about getting better but coach says I’m not playing, so I’m not playing. I’m not happy about it. I just want to play every game."
  • More Yakupov: “I’m not going to change but maybe play better without the puck, or forecheck more, but I love playing with the puck. I really don’t like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift. I don’t think it’s my game.”

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

This is a power struggle, youth v experience, old v young, and it will end with Yakupov playing more of a team game and working within a team structure.

How do I know this? History. History tells us that if the inmates are running the show you don't have much. Dallas Eakins is no doubt fighting a lot of headstrong youth these days, but that's his job and he can't and won't back down.

Play the system. Do the job. Nail Yakupov won't win this battle, but he'll come out the other side a better man.

UPDATE

A very good statement from the agent. Someone needs to talk to Daddy Yakupov, but I understand him. :-)

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#101 Oilers Coffey
October 14 2013, 12:37PM
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Putting your leading scorer in a position to succeed. Whoah is that too far to fathom? You'd think he could have atleast bought himself a chance to start in first two lines this year. Eakins says that Yakupov has to outplay two other RWs ahead if him to get top six minutes. Then gift wraps 83 into that position to start? Eakins and Krueger are/have mishandled the young sniper. If he's struggling playing the New system, then teach him the system. Sending Yakupov to the press box for two straight is not the solution. As for Yakupovs scrum comments. Do you really want Yakupov as a 3rd line plug? Or where he's going to put in a position to do what he was drafted for?

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#102 Katzhater
October 14 2013, 01:04PM
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It's only 5 games into the season and the oilers are already confirming their status as a disgrace to professional sports.

P.S. Mactavish is not smart. Last man to not wear a helmet in the NHL.

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#103 mlcsellil
October 14 2013, 01:07PM
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Ordinarily , when a player is scratched 1 game, it is to see his mistakes and learn what he needs to do better. When a player is scratched more than that, (Peckman, Fistric Whitney. Jones PRV, Omark.....), plans are in the works. I sincerely hope Yak is not being considered as a chip to move in any type of trade. I don't care what might come back, Yak can't be sacrificed. There is no way in hell everyone else on the team is playing better than Yak. Let Eakins sit someone else. If is Eakins intention is to send a message, I got it. The Oilers are going to cost us Yakupov in a trade.

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#104 Wax Man Riley
October 14 2013, 01:07PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

The beginning of the end of Yakupov in Edmonton. Eakins has made his own bed, hope he sleeps well in it.

Must be close to official now, the Oil should've taken Galchenyuk. Oilers should still be okay if Hall and RNH work out.

The move he should've made was to get Bachman up here from OKC to sit Dubnyk.

Friggen rookie coaches.....

You have said it about every player on the team: "When are they going to be asking for a trade?"

20 year old players don't ask for a trade.

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#105 Wax Man Riley
October 14 2013, 01:10PM
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Hayek wrote:

I'd simply fire Eakins now. I thought he had a philosophy that different players needed to be treated different to get through to him. He has now alienated what is likely to be the Oilers 2nd best player on the roster.

Yakupov was 2nd on the team in scoring chances/60, 2nd in shots/60, was 2nd on the team in corsi. Apparently, this non-team play that he employed was largely a benefit to the team. All this has happened while a roster has included worse players such as Brown, Gazdic, and Smyth.

The coach is not always right. Eakins is likely dead wrong here. He is looking at the scoresheet instead of actual gameplay.

Haha.... 5th game in and he has alienated Yak already eh? lol

Yak was 2nd in a lot of stats except the ones that matter... goals and assists.

His D game has also been terrible, and his compete hasn't been there. I've been to 3 home games already and he has floated in all of them.

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#106 MessyEH!
October 14 2013, 01:40PM
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Maybe Hemsky is on his way out. He has actually impressed me on the PK. He can kill alot of time carrying the puck and dipsy-doodling.he also seems to keep the other team honest on the D end. If they are shopping Hemsky, I am sure there are some scouts raising eyebrows about MAcrobella.

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#107 Hayek
October 14 2013, 02:13PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Haha.... 5th game in and he has alienated Yak already eh? lol

Yak was 2nd in a lot of stats except the ones that matter... goals and assists.

His D game has also been terrible, and his compete hasn't been there. I've been to 3 home games already and he has floated in all of them.

Really? Yeah, he has no points. But that is not from a lack of effort. If you are going to crucify players for being unlucky, then you would have sent Hall down after his first 9 games with the Oilers.

I think most would agree that Yakupov with zero points has outplayed Smyth with 4 points this year. Also, in the future, since Yakupov has been dominant in outchancing the opposition, he will outscore Smyth over the season.

Stop being narrow minded. Of course Yakupov has had defensive lapses, but not more so than RNH, Hall, or even Eberle. This rhetoric that Yakupov is a floater is so laughable.

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#108 RMH
October 14 2013, 02:52PM
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Katzhater wrote:

It's only 5 games into the season and the oilers are already confirming their status as a disgrace to professional sports.

P.S. Mactavish is not smart. Last man to not wear a helmet in the NHL.

I don't remember MacTavish sustaining a head injury.

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#109 Oiler Al
October 14 2013, 03:12PM
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No bigger floater on the team than Hemsky. Mr Fly By. He wasn't traded because old 6 rings made sure the deal would not be approved no matter what. It was Lowe that gave #83 the 2 x $5 million contract, and not Tambelini.

PS.. Nothing wrong with Yak taking a seat for a night.... someone has to take a shot at figuring out the SWARM system, because sure as heck no one else can.

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#110 Woogie63
October 14 2013, 03:13PM
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This coaching tactic would work beautifully in the AHL. Sitting players so they can't show the parent they are capable of NHL pay days is a reasonable strategy.

Here we have a first overall, that needs to learn enough defence, but more importantly how contribute offensively at critical moments if the game.

What is the plan for Yak a third line RW on a bad team?

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#111 mlcsellil
October 14 2013, 03:33PM
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Just wondering.......If Yak is sitting tonight ONLY because Eakins liked the line combinations and their synergy, what happens to Yak if the Oil play the same type of game tonight in Washington? I smell a bad stink and I think it smells like phone wires burning. Shame on the Oil if this is the case. We would like to see Yak play in the city he was drafted

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#112 Wax Man Riley
October 14 2013, 04:12PM
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Hayek wrote:

Really? Yeah, he has no points. But that is not from a lack of effort. If you are going to crucify players for being unlucky, then you would have sent Hall down after his first 9 games with the Oilers.

I think most would agree that Yakupov with zero points has outplayed Smyth with 4 points this year. Also, in the future, since Yakupov has been dominant in outchancing the opposition, he will outscore Smyth over the season.

Stop being narrow minded. Of course Yakupov has had defensive lapses, but not more so than RNH, Hall, or even Eberle. This rhetoric that Yakupov is a floater is so laughable.

I do believe that Smyth has outplayed Yak.

Even being 2 steps behind Yak as far as speed goes, Smyth has been in position and working.

As I mentioned, I have only seen 3 games this year so far in person, but I believe you get a MUCH better sense of how the players play without the puck, and Yakupov has been disinterested and floating.

Maybe he is still learning the system, maybe he refuses to play it, maybe he is more interested in his endorsements than studying positioning, but he has not been effective.

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#113 Wax Man Riley
October 14 2013, 04:18PM
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@Hayek

I really, really like Yakupov as a player, but a benching is a benching. It is not as big of a deal that everyone is making it out to be.

Good players playing poorly sometimes need a kick in the butt. Smyth rebounded pretty good after the benching.

Hall did as well. Yakupov will come back looking to prove something and I bet he plays a bit smarter. It is way more fun being on the ice than in the press box, and I bet he comes back ready to play with his teammates rather than trying to do it all himself.

Stop being narrow minded? Calling to fire the coach after 5 games for benching an offensive player that is not producing?

Hi pot.

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#114 Ryan2
October 14 2013, 04:55PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

No bigger floater on the team than Hemsky. Mr Fly By. He wasn't traded because old 6 rings made sure the deal would not be approved no matter what. It was Lowe that gave #83 the 2 x $5 million contract, and not Tambelini.

PS.. Nothing wrong with Yak taking a seat for a night.... someone has to take a shot at figuring out the SWARM system, because sure as heck no one else can.

Hemsky is far from a problem on this year's team. You want Mr. Fly By, that would be Hall or Ebs up front, and JSchultz on the back end.....

That being said, it is interesting to see how much better the players adapted to Kruger's system vs. the one Eakins is trying to implement, whatever SWARM is supposed to be. To be honest, it looks like a system that is better suited to the AHL rather than the NHL. Right now Eakins gets a bit of a mulligan for the swiss cheese like roster MacT has provided him (how is that trade for another small skill guy in Perron working so far?), but unless the team turns around that will only carry him so far.

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#115 Jonas
October 14 2013, 07:07PM
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kawi460 wrote:

I no expert but Yak seems to be getting lost in the shuffle with all the young small skilled wingers. Would it hurt to move one of them and good prospect for a stud young dman? Seth Jones could be a good fit. Plus the Preds could use a top 6 winger with good potential.

Nail is not a small winger.

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#116 Jonas
October 14 2013, 07:16PM
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Everyone who says this is warranted and Yaks is making this too personal. Why the double standard? Hall has been awful defensively the worst on the team by a long shot from the top six with his turnovers. He gets a free pass. As does Eberle and RNH. Okay fine RNH has to play no matter what given the shortage at centre but why the other skilled wingers getting a pass?

The optics look awful cause its the one Russian player and i guarantee his Russian buddies are texting him right now filling his head with all madness about the discrimination hell face. Eg they think youre lazy they think you have a bad attitude Hall can get away with murder and you need to score every game.

Dallas should sit Eberle next game as hes done nothing the entire season except last game against Toronto. Be consistent.

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#117 Avatarget
October 14 2013, 08:27PM
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Jonas wrote:

Everyone who says this is warranted and Yaks is making this too personal. Why the double standard? Hall has been awful defensively the worst on the team by a long shot from the top six with his turnovers. He gets a free pass. As does Eberle and RNH. Okay fine RNH has to play no matter what given the shortage at centre but why the other skilled wingers getting a pass?

The optics look awful cause its the one Russian player and i guarantee his Russian buddies are texting him right now filling his head with all madness about the discrimination hell face. Eg they think youre lazy they think you have a bad attitude Hall can get away with murder and you need to score every game.

Dallas should sit Eberle next game as hes done nothing the entire season except last game against Toronto. Be consistent.

Pretty hard to bench a guy who had a good last game.

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#118 Nina Russo
October 14 2013, 09:48PM
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mlcsellil wrote:

Ordinarily , when a player is scratched 1 game, it is to see his mistakes and learn what he needs to do better. When a player is scratched more than that, (Peckman, Fistric Whitney. Jones PRV, Omark.....), plans are in the works. I sincerely hope Yak is not being considered as a chip to move in any type of trade. I don't care what might come back, Yak can't be sacrificed. There is no way in hell everyone else on the team is playing better than Yak. Let Eakins sit someone else. If is Eakins intention is to send a message, I got it. The Oilers are going to cost us Yakupov in a trade.

The first person who should be scratched right now -- the "healthiest" scratch available -- is Eakins himself. The goals against is an embarrassment. If the system wasn't ready , coaches fault for not using the preseason properly. If the line combinations aren't producing (defensively), coaches fault. If players are turning pucks over (Hall, Nuge, Hemsky, Smyth, Shultz ....), coaches fault. I have never been more unable to defend the integrity of the team more than right now. As a fan that is the ultimate low. You know the assets are there but you just cannot defend their current utilization. It would appear that for all the hype about this new coach, he forgot that he was supposed to lead by example. Time that either Eakins puts his ego aside or he is shown the door.

As bad as the individual players are playing, the fact of the matter is that by letting them play as he does he is facilitating this nightmare. Enough is enough. Yak sits or plays with fourth line plugs, while Smyth plays top six minutes. You know it's bad when even the pundits in TO make jokes about it.

Why is Colrado successful while Edmonton struggles -- it's all about asset management, a tale of two coaches.

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#119 Patrick Miranda
October 14 2013, 09:53PM
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OilDieHard wrote:

overreactions all around. one game he's a healthy scratch and the kid might come back to Russia? Igor is no different than any other Russian involved with hockey over there...first sign of anything unusual, and all of a sudden there's a problem and he might come home, and daddy saw a problem way back in the summer...yeah, like maybe the Oilers hired a coach that finally will make the players accountable for their on ice performance, and if they can't do the job, they sit. kid needs to learn to play as he's asked to and if he doesn't, then he won't be in the lineup. complete garbage from Igor and total overreaction by daddy, who looks like he may be a problem the Oilers may have to continually deal with.

Would be true if the other two first round picks who are in the top five worst plus-minus in the league sat ... even during a period let alone a game. The turn-over queen is now second on team in avg ice time behind the Nuge, who himself is having his worst defensive season of his career.

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#120 Cowbell_Feva
October 14 2013, 10:53PM
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Yakupov played pretty good with Galchenyuk in the OHL, and got a ton of points in garbage time at the end of last season, but why so much love for him??

To say he is not a floater is rediculous. His defensive game is brutal. So are a lot of the Oilers, but its not like he is bringing anything to the offensive side of the puck either.

A young Russian kid, drafted high, that isn't translating to the NHL. Weird, I have heard of these things happening. Ask Columbus about it. How about Pavel Brendl?

And he needs to play with offensive guys in order to produce? Sure it helps, but what I see is a guy with a great one-timer, and not a whole pile else.

I would trade him before any of the other "super" kids. Maybe its just me, and maybe I'm wrong, but I haven't seen much from him to make me think that he is the answer to the Oilers problems....not by a mile.

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#121 Marshall Law
October 14 2013, 11:23PM
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Cowbell_Feva wrote:

Yakupov played pretty good with Galchenyuk in the OHL, and got a ton of points in garbage time at the end of last season, but why so much love for him??

To say he is not a floater is rediculous. His defensive game is brutal. So are a lot of the Oilers, but its not like he is bringing anything to the offensive side of the puck either.

A young Russian kid, drafted high, that isn't translating to the NHL. Weird, I have heard of these things happening. Ask Columbus about it. How about Pavel Brendl?

And he needs to play with offensive guys in order to produce? Sure it helps, but what I see is a guy with a great one-timer, and not a whole pile else.

I would trade him before any of the other "super" kids. Maybe its just me, and maybe I'm wrong, but I haven't seen much from him to make me think that he is the answer to the Oilers problems....not by a mile.

Not translating to the NHL level?

He was the team's leading goal scorer last year.

How quickly they forget...

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#122 DrDave
October 14 2013, 11:35PM
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Plain and simple Yak should be getting the minutes Smyth has gotten if we want this kid to snap out of this slump. He is going to be a huge piece of this team building into a contender and Eakins is just proving he is in over his head.

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#123 Death Metal Nightmare
October 15 2013, 03:11AM
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christ, this team is dumb. it's getting very disappointing how they put faith into Dead Horses while killing their live ones.

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#124 Hair bag
October 15 2013, 07:56AM
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Ryan2 wrote:

Hemsky is far from a problem on this year's team. You want Mr. Fly By, that would be Hall or Ebs up front, and JSchultz on the back end.....

That being said, it is interesting to see how much better the players adapted to Kruger's system vs. the one Eakins is trying to implement, whatever SWARM is supposed to be. To be honest, it looks like a system that is better suited to the AHL rather than the NHL. Right now Eakins gets a bit of a mulligan for the swiss cheese like roster MacT has provided him (how is that trade for another small skill guy in Perron working so far?), but unless the team turns around that will only carry him so far.

Perron is a huge upgrade on Paarvi.....

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#125 LOIL99
October 15 2013, 09:45AM
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The one comment in this article that jumped out at me was "I am not going to change". That alone should be a HUGE flashing red light to management. A 19 year old saying he "wont change" how he plays the game when he clearly lacks many of the skills required in the NHL?? That's not good...

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#126 Allycatx
October 15 2013, 12:35PM
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Yak has to be defensively responsible to play people , sitting out is ok . Don't Panic , they are playing decent hockey . Bad goal takes away momentum , it will all come together , also enough on Eakins , 5 games does not make a season , calm down

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