YAKUPOV WANTS MORE ICETIME

Jason Gregor
November 12 2013 01:56PM

 

Nail Yakupov wants more icetime. He wants to help his teammates win. He also feels his head coach doesn't trust him. Yakupov spoke with the media after practice today, and it was clear he was frustrated. As he should be. Losing stinks, and I'd hope every Oiler is frustrated.

Yakupov is usually very quiet and reserved with the media, but today he spoke with conviction and passion.

He was asked about his agent's, Igor Larionov, comments about a possible trade.

"I know where he is coming from, we have to do something. I don't see any trust towards me now. I'm playing lower and lower minutes, and I just want to help my team win every game. I haven't had much chance to to that, and it pretty hard to watch the game from the bench when my teammates are fighting for puck and points, because I know I can do the same thing.

"I don't want to say anything bad, but I just want to say that I want to be here. I love the city. I'd love to play with these players. We have a great staff and the atmosphere in games is great. I want to be part of the Oilers," said Yakupov.

When asked how he felt he's played defensively he responded with this:

"I've played good. I've always played like that. I watch everyone play the same. I don't think that question is for me, it is for the coach. I play good," Yakupov said.

When asked if he asked his agent to go public he responded with a smile, "I don't know, that is a tough question. I can't say anything now. Maybe we will see if something changes in a couple of days."

TRADE

He was asked directly if he has asked for a trade.

"I wasn't asking for a trade. I don't want to say anything bad, but I heard something (trade rumour) in the summer, something at the start of the season and then two weeks ago, but we'll see...who knows. I just want to play. I don't want to play nine or five minutes. I think I can play more and I think I can help my teammates to get points. We need points.

"I'm 20 years old and I think this is a  very important year for me learning to play hockey. Sometimes players who are sitting a lot when they are 19 or 20 years old they stop playing hockey. I just want to play. We will see if that ( lack of icetime) is going to be more and more, and if not we will have to figure out something," said Yakupov.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? 

Yakupov is clearly frustrated. He wants to play more, and you can't blame him for that. Was this the best way to go about it? Probably not, but he isn't the first professional player to go public with his frustrations about a lack of playing time.

When Eakins spoke after Yakupov he wasn't upset at all. He said he understood Yakupov's frustration, but he said he has seen Yakupov working hard to improve his game. He also said that he won't change how he coaches because Yakupov went public with his frustrations.

The most interesting thing to me was when Yakupov said he heard trade rumours in the summer. I can't recall any rumours then, but maybe the Oilers were shopping him. 

I'd love to be a fly on the wall when Igor Larionov meets with Craig MacTavish later this week. 

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#101 Smokey
November 12 2013, 02:45PM
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I got no issue with anything he said. One thing we can all say, Yak is not a robot and he cares. He wants ice time, and maybe he feels hasn't been given a shot. I also know that what he says sometimes sounds worse then it should, that was apparent today.

He's watched players like Gagner, Hemsky, Hall, Nuge, and Schultz do the same wrong things, and they keep getting ice time. Don't blame him one bit for being frustrated. His comments are validated to a certain extent by seeing the other players not having to be accountable for making the same inexcusable errors every single night. I can't remember the game where Hemsky turned over the puck and Yak was on the ice with him. Wasn't Yak's fault and he sat the rest of the game.

A player can admit he deserves less time, but gets upset he sees veterans continue to get their ice and they are the ones making the same mistakes. If your going to bench Yak, then bench Hemsky next time he coughs up the puck. No accountability on the ice equates to to room that tunes out a coach when he preaches accountability.

From this point on Eakins should coach with an open mind. Play the guys that are going. If Steve MacIntire and Gadzic pot a goal, run them ragged...just joking.

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#102 JJ
November 12 2013, 02:46PM
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Justin Schultz on his assessment of the situation: "It's tough, we gotta get some wins and get back into the playoff race" Sorry buddy, that ship has sailed already. Do the players really think there's a chance at playoffs or do they just have to say that?

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#103 Lochenzo
November 12 2013, 03:32PM
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I love the raw emotion of this kid. When things are going well, you've seen his celebrations. When they are not going well, we get this.

I like that he cares. But he's just 20 years old. The coaches need to make sure that he channels his energy into something productive. Otherwise, one of two things will happen. He'll blow up, resulting in a trade. Or he'll stop caring.

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#104 TDSM31
November 12 2013, 04:12PM
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Clarko wrote:

Ya...because a Canadian kid has never felt entitled. That Lindros kid dug down deep and played hard for the Nordiques despite not wanting to play there...

True enough...that Russian comment was probably offside. But still, I think the agent needs to handle this situation a lot better. You gotta suck it up every once and awhile. With all the sh*t this team is going through right now, its pretty selfish to be bitching publicly about ice time...and its not like he's getting 5 minutes a game.

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#105 pkam
November 12 2013, 04:15PM
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nunyour wrote:

I think Yak was trying to say,that if he is benched for poor play why is Dubnyk not benched?

Dubnyk was. But Labarbera wasn't any better so they called up Bachman but he injured himself after 2 games. So what is the coach supposed to do since Dubnyk is the best goalie we have at the moment?

If Yak is comparing Dubnyk's case, then he need to have his brain checked.

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#106 nrXic
November 12 2013, 04:37PM
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smiliegirl15 wrote:

Ask Sheldon Souray how well speaking out against management works.

Yak doesn't think he played badly? I think he needs to watch some tape, quit comparing his game to anyone else's and remember what he's getting paid for. His effort sucks a lot of the time. He gives up on the puck if he thinks he can't get and it happens all too often.

You want ice time Yak, prove you DESERVE ice time. Stop acting like an entitled brat.

He's not entitled to more ice time but he is entitled to fairness, something that he doesn't see from his perspective. (I'm talking about his perception, let's remember the distinction between perception and reality, his perception may or may not line up with reality).

It's the only reason why I'd side with Yak. Early this season I wanted him off the ice because he was just an apparent defensive liability. He was playing horrible away from the puck in every zone. He was almost invisible, a clear contrast to his play late last year.

It's clearly a mental issue, as he's demonstrated that he can play decent away from the puck, late last year, so I figured the coaching staff would have helped him turn it around.

With all that in mind, I see a player like Larsen cough up the puck at all ends, and I want him off the ice too. What happens? He's out there at points in the game where the game is on the line.

Yak seems to notice this as well.

We used to go with a 4 FWDs and 1 Defenseman Powerplay unit last year that worked well. Sometimes Yak would play the point, and he did well, making great plays to keep the puck in the zone. I preferred him on the wall, but hey, he still made some fantastic passes and shots from the point. Nowadays, we see 2 D on the PP with Larsen being one of them, coughing it up at the blue line on a consistent basis. (I don't mean to beat up on Larsen, but like Yak's poor play I'm just saying it like it is)

We all know we have a horrible PP this year. Part of that could be the under utilization of Yak who got 1/3 of his goals last year on the PP. 1/3 of his goal output...we're ignoring the gravity of that by putting him out on the 2nd unit.

In regards to this situation, I give everyone failing grades. Yak, his agent, the coach (who says "I won't be hounding him but he can come talk to me"), the players on the Oilers who've been through the same situation (Hemsky, though he's a quiet guy so I can't really be that mad at him), the GM (who claimed the source was incorrect), and the Edmonton media (specifically Rishaug who's willing to ask direct questions to Yak, but not to the other players who are part of a larger problem).

I give credit to Yak here for one thing. While he made a mistake in not talking to the team directly about his feelings (or maybe he did), the next best thing was to talk to his agent, and NOT the media. That's exactly what he did. Larionov should have had the right of mind to not make this issue public. I'm sure Hall, Ebs, Nuge, etc have said some things to their agents, and got some good advice from them. Larionov should have been feeding Yak some more responsible advice on the situation. What just happened negatively impacts everybody (including Larionov as a player agent) and the organization as a whole.

In the face of adversity there is opportunity, and this is a fantastic opportunity for MacT to salvage the situation in order to create a stronger team. He should not look at this as competing interests, but rather the same interest and the same goal for all parties involved. His legacy as a GM can be defined in this moment. This is a team at the end of its rope. Hints of fragmentation, apparent perceptions of unfairness, underperforming superstars hinting team unpreparedness (Eberle mentioned this in a post game interview recently)...I sincerely believe that all on-ice woes can be solved through direct communication and not talking through the media. If the team can become stronger through this, then MacT is the sort of GM any team would want.

Sorry for the essay guys. :P

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#107 Johe
November 12 2013, 04:43PM
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This is not the first time Yak has been unhappy with a coach and the way he is being utilized. It happened in Sarnia too. I tried to find the quotes but wasn't able to. Anyway, not trying to harp on the guy. He's young, he is not handling this properly, but it comes from frustration which is currently felt by anyone affiliated with the Oilers. He said what he said and now the true indication of his character will come in the next few weeks. If he truly wants to be a part of this TEAM, he will bare down and bust his butt doing all the little things that the coach asks of him. He will take his man in the defensive zone, backcheck like a demon, and protect the puck. If he doesn't do that, he is not playing the way the coach demands and you get what you deserve. And guess what, whether you like him or not, this IS Dallas Eakins team. If you don't give him what he asks, then don't expect to be handed ice time.

Yes the other skilled players are making mistakes, but not to the same degree (Gagner aside, ugh), and they are producing more. They are also more proven players. So Yakupov, you got some stuff off your chest, now go out and do your talking on the ice like any good player does. Force the coach's hand, not by complaining, which will get you absolutely nowhere, but through hard work and commitment to a team game. That's all I got.

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#108 DevoKnows
November 12 2013, 05:24PM
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#109 DevoKnows
November 12 2013, 05:24PM
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#110 DevoKnows
November 12 2013, 05:24PM
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#111 Harlie
November 12 2013, 05:27PM
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He heard 3 rumours so it sounds like Larionov is plugged in. Sounding to me like its Philly or NYR base on the timing he stated. I hope MacT has some rabbits hidden cuz this is making him look bad and he better find a way to turn this around.

What a freaking sideshow our once proud team has become. Embarrassing.

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#112 Spoils
November 12 2013, 06:16PM
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@DevoKnows

Linus was practically invisible last game in the bigs and he is just magic down there. makes me feel like sending Yak down to OKC wouldn't help matters.

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#113 DAVE
November 12 2013, 06:35PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Haven't read through the comments yet, but....

BOO FU@#ING HOO YAK CITY!

Entitled much??

Put your time in, you are a rookie for F-sakes! Earn your ice time. Be a team player.

Have any posters on here that have a real job (like, you know, not playing a game and making millions)ever stepped right into the top pay grade, getting the best shifts, or the choice clients?

I will bet no way in H-E-double hockey sticks.

Put some time i and show why you deserve to play more than experienced players with double, triple, and quadruple the games played.

All things being equal, as Yak thinks (defensive game, +/-, etc...), the vets gets priority. In a large company or corporation I expect no less.

Good Grief! (to coin a term from our own DashingSilverFox)

well said, you must be a adult.

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#114 Space Cowboy
November 12 2013, 06:35PM
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What all the fuss is? Comrade Yak speaks of which is true. I too do this kind of talk. When my teammates do not skate hard back, then no fault they score goals in my net.

We will be good comrades in cold Siber....er Edmonton.

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#115 Randaman
November 12 2013, 06:47PM
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pkam wrote:

Because even with their mistakes, they are still the best players in the team. Can you tell me who was better than Hall, Eberle, and RNH in the past 2-3 years? In other words, they earn their ice time by being the best players.

If Yak want to get the same ice time as Hall, Eberle and RNH, all he has to is to play as good as the other 3 kids.

Eberle is 15 pts in 19 game, RNH is 13 pts in 17 games, and Hall is 12 pts in 12 games. Even Hemsky has 9 pts in 19 games.

Yak was averaging about 17 min per game in his first 13 games and he only produced 3 pts. If he can produce at similar rate as the other kids, I am sure he will get more ice time.

Eberle ha played on the perimeter all year with out a hit thrown and has gotten his points. Does that make him better than Yak that throws checks and stands up for himself like in the Chicago game? Yes & no. Hall & Nugr are the stars of this group and Yak should be on their wing so he can show what he can do with first line talent and ice time. Third line minutes with Hemsky won't help as has been proven thus far this season. Hall, Ebs &Nuge were given that opportunity. Why not try it and see. Gags, Ebs & Perron is a quality mix for a second line. Gordon, Hemsky & Smyth for a third. Arcabello, Jonseeu & Jones/gazdic for a fourth. Problem solved. What is there to lose at this point. Remember the chemistry Hall & Yak developed late last season??

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#116 DSF
November 12 2013, 07:19PM
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Hockey fan 1976 wrote:

You can slice it any way you want, Dallas Eakins talks a great game but that whole bs of "accountability" "compete" and yet not practising what he preaches is what has gotten this room in trouble. Is Managenemt 101. The moment you lack consistency in how you treat everyone is the moment you lose respect from your staff (team). Yuk sees how other so called vets crapping the bed as bad as he's and yet, they don't get benched or ice time hasn't suffered. DE is the problem and the moment McT admits he made a mistake, the sooner this team gets on track.

All hat...no cattle.

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#117 DSF
November 12 2013, 07:53PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

Yak doesn't decide how much he's played. Eakins does.

Yeah...that's working.

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#118 Butters
November 12 2013, 08:14PM
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DSF wrote:

Some observations:

As many of you will recall, I believed, and still do, that the Oilers should have drafted Galchenyuk. Whenever it's close you should always draft the centre and it was close.

Having said that, anyone who doesn't think there is a double standard at work need look no further than the abysmal defensive play of Justin Schultz.

While Schultz's rookie season looked, on the surface, like a decent one, he gave up far more than he scored at even strength...finishing the season at -17...288th in the league among defensemen.

He averaged 21:26 TOI/G.

This season, before he was injured, he was actually playing much worse.

While he was on pace for a 40 point season, he was also on pace for MINUS 58.

Now, Justin Schultz is not 20...he's 23 and despite playing 4 years in NCAA hockey, he can't play defense AT ALL.

How did Eakins respond to his putrid defensive play?

This season, his average TOI/G is 22:01.

That folks is a double standard.

Nah, the Oilers would have ruined Galchenyuk too.

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#119 Rusty Patenaude
November 12 2013, 08:22PM
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The MacTavish/Lowe braintrust strikes again. It is Joffrey Lupul all over again. Don't put a young offensive player in the situations he needs to learn and be successful. Demand that he be Bob Gainey and when he tries to be responsible defensively with mixed results sit him in the press box, shattering his confidence. In what alternate reality do MacTavish, Eakins and Lowe exist where they are in the thick of a playoff battle and have to cut back a young stars ice time for what? Why isn't Yak on the 1st powerplay being set up for that lazer one-timer? Why isn't he playing consistently with Nugent-Hopkins? Why isn't Eakins talking to him in private regularly about what is expected and why he is being used as he is? Where the Hell are the "leaders" in the locker room who ought to be taking the kid out and giving him support/tough love all through this debacle.

This is not on Yak. He is a passionate kid. he wears his heart on his sleeve, that is why we fell in love with the guy last season. This is on the coaching staff, management and the team leaders (if you can call it leadership when a team which names a guy captain before he even puts on the jersey)

Jesus, it is like Punch Imlach screwing over Frank Mahovolich all over again...except even Punch learned his lesson and kept out of Gilbert Perreault's head. Wish I could say the same for MacTavish et al.

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#120 madjam
November 12 2013, 08:49PM
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DSF wrote:

If you were starting an expansion team, would you hire Lowe, MacT and Eakins to run the show?

Didn't think so.

No one else in the NHL would hire any one of them.

Seems rather ridiculous to keep MacT. and Eakins when they are doing so much worse than the ones they replaced . Results prove it .

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#121 JJ
November 12 2013, 10:56PM
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I support the notion of releasing the Omark. If we're going to lose, (we will), we might as well find some kind of entertainment in the loss, right? Hemsky provided that years ago, maybe Omark can do the same. Let's see what excitement he can bring.

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#122 Rheal1
November 13 2013, 04:40AM
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EKLUND on hockeybuzz.com is comparing Yakupov to Alexandre Daigle. http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/The-Russian-Alexandre-Daigle-Trade-Winds-Rush-in-Western-Canada/1/55632 That guy Eklund has been very suspicious and totally wrong when he made predictions or claims to have sources in the NHL. Seems to me like he's full of it. He is the prototypical unreliable hockey source himself. Yakupov is definitely not Daigle... Props if you think Eklund is a moron.

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#123 Truth
November 13 2013, 08:12AM
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This sours me on Yak. You're 20 years old, the worst plus minus in the league, and are clearly no better than two other players that play your position at this time. Be better than at least one of them in all areas of the ice and your ice time will go up. Whining to the media about it does not make you a better player. If I was Ference I would sit down with him and tell him how life works, maybe tell him it is a team decision that he sits the next game or two until he realizes it is a team sport and the coach decides how to utilize each player to give the team the best chance to win.

On the other side of it, Eakins is clearly a hard ass and his style of coaching is not what Yakupov is used to. In the preseason I remember Eakins commenting on how he has to get to know each individual to get an idea on what makes each player tick. Obviously his approach with Yak is not working. Yak's antics cannot do anything but worsen his relationship with his coach. I see Yak or Eakins gone prior to the start of next season, and I bet MacT doesn't want to fire 2 coaches in one calender year.

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#124 Edmonton First
November 13 2013, 08:59AM
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My god... you Edmonton fans are still drinking the coolaide huh?

Listen to some of the garbage some of you are saying about Yakupov.

The Oilers are a mess...

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#125 Burp Snart
November 13 2013, 10:12AM
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Yakupov and Larionov should go phuckov and pissov...

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#126 TKB2677
November 13 2013, 12:07PM
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Here is a question for anyone that likes to say "poor Yakupov, Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Schultz give the puck away and they aren't punished, why should he".

What is Yakupov doing to help the team win? You are correct when you say that Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Schultz are pretty bad in the give away department. However, they PRODUCE. Not only is Yakupov playing crap defense and giving the puck away, he isn't producing ANY offence.

If he was scoring goals and putting up points but still getting the same "treatment", then there is absolutely a case that he isn't getting the same rope as the fab 4. But he isn't scoring.

SO if he isn't scoring and a disaster in his own zone, what is he doing to help the team? NOTHING. So if he is doing nothing to help the team, why does he deserve more playing time?

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#127 BIngBong
November 12 2013, 02:08PM
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What a complete gong-show.

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#128 Shifty203
November 12 2013, 02:18PM
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dmac4532 wrote:

He is crazy if he thinks he has been playing well. He turns the puck over, flys the d zone with out so much as looking @ Ovi in the slot. This kid needs at least half a season in okc .Not saying he is the only young player that needs to learn to play both sides of the puck but with out a doubt the most glaring example.

This is probably his point. Its not like anyone on the team is actually out playing him, and deserves more ice time. He's probably feeling like he's being picked on.

Now, thats not to say that if he really felt that way he could try working harder and forcing their hand to give him more ice time.

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#129 godot10
November 12 2013, 02:38PM
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MacT said Dubnyk and Krueger weren't the problem, and spent all summer looking for a goaltender, and hire a new coach almost immediately thereafter.

Matheson's piece on Jon Cooper the other day said MacT was talking to Jon Cooper about the Oiler's head coaching job full year before he was hired as GM (when Renney was still coach).

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#130 number99
November 12 2013, 02:41PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

He said he wants to play more. He's averaging 15 minutes a game. Because he played 11 or 12 minutes for four games doesn't change that. He is upset over four games so he goes public? Not the smartest decision over four games.

Hey JG,

It seems to me that as per Behind the net . com Nail has a TOI of 197.35 min divided by 17 games played = 11.60 min per game.

Correct me if Im wrong.

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#131 Rambelaya
November 12 2013, 03:22PM
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oildrops wrote:

a lot of the posts are missing props and trashes I hit a prop that said 7 but it was 17.

Yak is awesome, we just need a NHL coach.

The page doesn't auto-refresh so the props/trashes are frozen while you read.

But other people are propping/trashing while you read, so when you click, that's the only time it can update with what's happened since you loaded the page.

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#132 NJ
November 12 2013, 03:23PM
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Yak shows more passion, more frustration and more drive than half the oil combined. While his defensive positioning is terrible, the same could be said for Eberle, Gagner and any number of the D men. Bottom line. If you're benching Yak, bench the guys showing less passion and equally bad positioning.

While I don't blame coach per se and appreciate how Eakins handled the press today, I'm tired of the double standard, both the one above and the standard we want Yak to live up to in a rookie year (less than 82 games) where he's played more with 3rd and 4th liners than 1st and 2nd lines.

Unfortunately, the last Oiler who showed that level of frustration got shipped off to Calgary for a sack of hammers.

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#133 CaptainLander
November 12 2013, 03:24PM
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May as well play him a ton, season is already over anyway.

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#134 Poly
November 12 2013, 03:38PM
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@reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)

I do not think Lowe is calling the shots any more, but he has say.

I do believe that Tambellini was only a store front, and was largely selected because he was somewhat weak and easily influenced. I do not think Mactavish is as weak willed or easily controlled.

Either way, were both just baselessly speculating.

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#135 Gerald R. Ford
November 12 2013, 04:53PM
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I don't think it's entitlement with this kid. It seems more like confusion/frustration. As in, "Why did you take me first overall if you're not going to play me? I can make a difference. let's go."

Let him make mistakes, and, along the way, put the fear of God into a few teams. Confidence comes before maturity. That's how guys work, not just athletes. Yak gets confidence from putting the biscuit in the basket. That's what he knows how to do best NOW. Put him in a position to do THAT. The other things will follow, naturally, and with experience.

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#136 Wax Man Riley
November 12 2013, 05:01PM
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Mikey wrote:

Hemsky might make the team. Same goes for belov, but probably not. Hell even Bryz.... haha just kidding.

Maybe this was the oilers plan all along. The ole rope a dope. And after the Olympic break they will all be rested up and ready to make the playoffs.

lol.... and go 35-0 after the Olympic break.

Great plan, MacT! Great plan! I can't see how anything could possiblye go wrong.

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#137 Rheal1
November 12 2013, 05:29PM
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DevoKnows wrote:

Fedun sent down, Potter brought up!! Another brutal decision!!!

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What?

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#138 bazmagoo
November 12 2013, 06:18PM
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@**

Gags definitely deserves to be benched/moved down/sat for his play since his return. If he's still injured he should stay on the sidelines. His play has been abysmal. Proof that there is a bit of a double standard imo.

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#139 RexHolez
November 12 2013, 07:02PM
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DSF wrote:

Some observations:

As many of you will recall, I believed, and still do, that the Oilers should have drafted Galchenyuk. Whenever it's close you should always draft the centre and it was close.

Having said that, anyone who doesn't think there is a double standard at work need look no further than the abysmal defensive play of Justin Schultz.

While Schultz's rookie season looked, on the surface, like a decent one, he gave up far more than he scored at even strength...finishing the season at -17...288th in the league among defensemen.

He averaged 21:26 TOI/G.

This season, before he was injured, he was actually playing much worse.

While he was on pace for a 40 point season, he was also on pace for MINUS 58.

Now, Justin Schultz is not 20...he's 23 and despite playing 4 years in NCAA hockey, he can't play defense AT ALL.

How did Eakins respond to his putrid defensive play?

This season, his average TOI/G is 22:01.

That folks is a double standard.

Does this mean I'm not the only guy who's not a fan of Schultz. I can't believe this guy was so hyped

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#140 madjam
November 12 2013, 07:12PM
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Is MacT. in over his head and Eakins as well ? This situation should have been handled internally and without having Larionov come here .

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#141 GVBlackhawk
November 12 2013, 07:25PM
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DSF wrote:

Some observations:

As many of you will recall, I believed, and still do, that the Oilers should have drafted Galchenyuk. Whenever it's close you should always draft the centre and it was close.

Having said that, anyone who doesn't think there is a double standard at work need look no further than the abysmal defensive play of Justin Schultz.

While Schultz's rookie season looked, on the surface, like a decent one, he gave up far more than he scored at even strength...finishing the season at -17...288th in the league among defensemen.

He averaged 21:26 TOI/G.

This season, before he was injured, he was actually playing much worse.

While he was on pace for a 40 point season, he was also on pace for MINUS 58.

Now, Justin Schultz is not 20...he's 23 and despite playing 4 years in NCAA hockey, he can't play defense AT ALL.

How did Eakins respond to his putrid defensive play?

This season, his average TOI/G is 22:01.

That folks is a double standard.

And now Eakins is doing the same thing with Larsen. He has been abysmal in the defensive zone, but that is good enough for first or second defensive minutes on the team.

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#142 DSF
November 12 2013, 07:30PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

And now Eakins is doing the same thing with Larsen. He has been abysmal in the defensive zone, but that is good enough for first or second defensive minutes on the team.

Yep.

And then the Oilers send Fedun (2 goals in 4 games) to OKC on the eve of his first NHL game in front of a home town crowd.

Classy.

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#143 Taser
November 12 2013, 07:37PM
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We need a better second line centre that plays both ends of the ice. We need that so guys like yakupov have more free reign to utilize their strengths rather than grossly expose their weaknesses. See ya gagner.

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#144 morgie
November 12 2013, 07:37PM
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DevoKnows wrote:

Check this game winner out in OKC last night!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwBz0BpOrAY&sns=em

SWEET!!!!

Sweet Indeed get Omark up here!

Who cares if they are small they are done anyways let's see what he can do?

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#145 DSF
November 12 2013, 07:55PM
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madjam wrote:

Is MacT. in over his head and Eakins as well ? This situation should have been handled internally and without having Larionov come here .

If you were starting an expansion team, would you hire Lowe, MacT and Eakins to run the show?

Didn't think so.

No one else in the NHL would hire any one of them.

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#146 D-Unit
November 12 2013, 08:22PM
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DSF wrote:

Some observations:

As many of you will recall, I believed, and still do, that the Oilers should have drafted Galchenyuk. Whenever it's close you should always draft the centre and it was close.

Having said that, anyone who doesn't think there is a double standard at work need look no further than the abysmal defensive play of Justin Schultz.

While Schultz's rookie season looked, on the surface, like a decent one, he gave up far more than he scored at even strength...finishing the season at -17...288th in the league among defensemen.

He averaged 21:26 TOI/G.

This season, before he was injured, he was actually playing much worse.

While he was on pace for a 40 point season, he was also on pace for MINUS 58.

Now, Justin Schultz is not 20...he's 23 and despite playing 4 years in NCAA hockey, he can't play defense AT ALL.

How did Eakins respond to his putrid defensive play?

This season, his average TOI/G is 22:01.

That folks is a double standard.

I still can't figure out what all the hype was about Schultz. Everyone seemed to wet themselves with excitement that a free agent, who never played an NHL game picked the Oilers. Seemed obvious that there must have been some baggage or issues, that he was a rookie free agent. Then the Oilers give him a contract that like he was a first overall pick. Why? My next fear is what they will do with him as an RFA. Probably want to give him a raise, which he hasn't earned. This will be a big telling item for MacTin my opinion.

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#147 DSF
November 12 2013, 08:24PM
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Rusty Patenaude wrote:

The MacTavish/Lowe braintrust strikes again. It is Joffrey Lupul all over again. Don't put a young offensive player in the situations he needs to learn and be successful. Demand that he be Bob Gainey and when he tries to be responsible defensively with mixed results sit him in the press box, shattering his confidence. In what alternate reality do MacTavish, Eakins and Lowe exist where they are in the thick of a playoff battle and have to cut back a young stars ice time for what? Why isn't Yak on the 1st powerplay being set up for that lazer one-timer? Why isn't he playing consistently with Nugent-Hopkins? Why isn't Eakins talking to him in private regularly about what is expected and why he is being used as he is? Where the Hell are the "leaders" in the locker room who ought to be taking the kid out and giving him support/tough love all through this debacle.

This is not on Yak. He is a passionate kid. he wears his heart on his sleeve, that is why we fell in love with the guy last season. This is on the coaching staff, management and the team leaders (if you can call it leadership when a team which names a guy captain before he even puts on the jersey)

Jesus, it is like Punch Imlach screwing over Frank Mahovolich all over again...except even Punch learned his lesson and kept out of Gilbert Perreault's head. Wish I could say the same for MacTavish et al.

This.

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#148 Crimson steel
November 12 2013, 09:41PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

They fcuked up Shremp, Omark, Paajarvi, and now Yakapov! Good job Oiler management!

So the oil screwed up on schemp! He could not crack the other 2 NHL teams he played for either! Jury is still out on omark and check paajarvi's stats so far this season! The oil have screwed the hooch on lots of deals but not these ones!

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#149 OilFanInVan
November 12 2013, 10:25PM
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No matter who we drafted first over all in 2011, I feel the same things would be happening. It's the organization that takes a draft pick and turns them into what they are. So Yakupov, Murray, Galchenyuk, whatever... It doesn't MATTER!

It's the Oiler's draft pick and they're going to be messed up because we have idiot's running the show at the top and this idiotic losing culture we have trickles down and effects everyone.

That's why when everyone leaves they "get better". No they don't get better, the get away from the Oilers culture, and then they prosper.

I feel real sorry for guys like Hemsky and Gagner who have been here so long... Will Nuge be Gagner 4 years from now? Will Eberle be Hemsky? Will Gagner be Horcoff? Will Nurse be Pronger? It's not the players, it's the team. Heads need to roll from the top down for ANYTHING to move forward.

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#150 @mbrunihockey
November 12 2013, 10:42PM
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Maybe Yak should take some tips on dealing with the media from Bryzgalov when he comes in next week.

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