Nail Yakupov to be scratched again

Jonathan Willis
December 30 2013 12:34PM

 

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins announced this morning that Nail Yakupov will be a healthy scratch against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

The Player

Nail Yakupov hasn’t been good enough this season.

His stats line shows that (39GP – 6G – 8A – 14PTS, minus-25), and the fact that he’s getting badly outplayed in the most sheltered minutes available is a real problem. The plus/minus exaggerates things (last year at five-on-five Yakupov’s on-ice save percentage was 0.923; this year it’s 0.868, and one would need to be delusional to think those numbers accurately reflect the state of Yakupov’s defensive game in those two seasons) but he’s been getting out-shot and out-chanced despite getting primarily offensive zone time.

He remains a phenomenally talented player, the guy who led both his team and all NHL rookies in goal-scoring last season. He’s fast and aggressive and has a shot that is already one of the best in the game. But he needs to dramatically improve his overall play to be a useful NHL’er.

The Coach

Dallas Eakins, understandably, feels that Yakupov needs to be better if he’s going to earn more ice-time, and that he can’t just keep gifting him with minutes if the results aren’t there.

“You’ve got to earn it,” he says in the video above. “You have to do a number of things on the ice every day. Every day. It can never change. We cannot give things to people. You have to earn them.”

Eakins further said he’d spoken to Yakupov for “40 to 45 minutes” about the scratch, and that he and the player had a “definite plan moving forward.”

Naturally, the coach is going to take some criticism for the scratch, as he took some criticism for sticking Yakupov on the fourth line and slashing the player’s power play role. It’s impossible not to recognize the talent that the Oilers have in that player, and naturally fans want to see him placed in a position to succeed.

Eakins, though, seems clearly focused on the big picture. A scratch here or there isn’t a big deal; Yakupov’s performance this season isn’t even the primary problem. Yakupov is the kind of player who has the talent to play a pivotal role for the Oilers for the next decade or more. The problem Eakins faces is turning him into the best possible player for that next decade, and if that means making unpopular decisions in a season that (like so many others) was lost before the halfway mark, that’s what it means.

Yakupov entered the NHL and had instant chemistry with his first head coach, Ralph Krueger. His enthusiasm was obvious and infectious and a bright point in an otherwise unmemorable season. But it’s worth remembering it for what it was – that despite Yakupov’s point totals, his line was out-shot game-in and game-out, and that all too often he seemed to be floating around on the ice with no clear idea of where he was supposed to be.

Perhaps Krueger would have been able to correct that with time, or perhaps not. Now the responsibility falls to Eakins. Improving Yakupov’s game might be the single most important thing Eakins does this season as Edmonton’s coach, and given that he’s previously compared Yakupov’s problems to the early struggles of people like Steven Stamkos and Joe Thornton it’s a good bet he knows it.

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#51 Rama Lama
December 30 2013, 01:51PM
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I feel for Yaks but the bottom line is that he is not fit enough!

When he runs those stairs at Rexall after the games, he is using a body double. For those fans that think Yaks has been singled out for his poor play........remember when Hemsky use to be the turnover machine? I think that Mac T told him to smarten up and look where he is now.

Yaks needs to produce more with less ..........and hit and fight to boot. When he has learned all this then he should become more fit and learn how to compete better........like the rest of the team.

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#52 EricOG
December 30 2013, 12:39PM
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And the first first overall pick out of town is: #64!!

Good luck signing the other Russians. But, alas, I am just a center ice fan, so what do i know??

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#53 bazmagoo
December 30 2013, 10:33PM
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Eakins is trying to install a MacT brand of hockey into the Oilers, and we all know how effective that was during MacT's coaching reign. Outside of a lucky trade for Roloson and subsequent cup run, what did MacT ever accomplish with his style? MacT and Eakins - two 4th line grinders trying to teach the current breed of NHL elite talent to play their style of hockey - ridiculous. All you 1st tier fans, please stop going to the games. 2nd tier fans, get your Oilers fix from illegal internet streams. Stop feeding the incompetence!

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#54 Serious Gord
December 30 2013, 01:38PM
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steelymac wrote:

Eakins lost the team with the double standards and he lost this fan as well.The arrogance he portrays is obvious and I cant stand looking at him on the bench.Last game Smyth played 10 more minutes than Yakupov,give the kid a chance to prove himself.Eakins ego seems to be more important than giving Yak the opportunity to succeed.Way to drive down the players value if they were going to trade him,wich I hope for Yaks sake they do.I work with a guy who feels the Oilers ruin young players and I have disagreed with him but as this crap carries on he may be right.Eakins got to this point coaching in the AHL where 90% of his team would never be good enough to make the NHL and here he is dumping on a kid who was the 1st overall in the entire draft.I know the koolaid consumers with trash this post and I could give 2 sh!ts if they do, but has Eakins made any of the kids better players so far this season?

I'm feeling the same way. Well put.

And since we are out of the playoffs - why are we wasting valuable ice time on Smyth when he won't be part of this team's future?

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#55 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 30 2013, 01:53PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

Most oppositions 4th lines are way better than Oilers 3rd line, and sometimes even the 2nd.

When you are playing on the worst line on the worst NHL team: what exactly is a sheltered minute?

So what you're saying is that the only real way to shelter him is to send to the AHL for awhile so he can get way more minutes, learn the defensive side of the game and gain some confidence....I think you're on to something there!

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#56 meh...
December 30 2013, 02:10PM
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First,I like Yakupov.The upside on him has to be considered as huge.

Yakupov has not played well.

Yakupov would benefit greatly from some quality ice time in the minors in all types of situations in all types of game conditions.Winning,losing,power play, last minutes of games etc

The argument that he may bolt for the KHL if sent to the minors is weak. If the kid wants to leave because he gets sent to the minors to improve his ability, then who cares if he leaves???? 20 year old rookies don't get to make ultimatums to the teams that draft them, whether they are from Russia or Vegreville.

I don't believe he'd want to leave for the Motherland just because a trip to Oklahoma City for more ice time was prescribed for his over-all improvement.

It is the job of the General Manager to make these decisions and then to convey these messages to players, especially young,struggling players.That means our leadership needs to lead.

Please, MacT, I'm begging you...lead.

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#57 Rick Stroppel
December 30 2013, 04:01PM
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(1) I know I have ragged on Eakins pretty good, but consider this. Some of us get to see the game in person. Some of us (like me) only get to see the game on TV, where all you see generally is the guy with the puck and two or three players around him. Eakins gets to see THE ENTIRE ICE SURFACE for every game and every practice. Eakins wants to win. The reason Yakupov is playing seven minutes is that Eakins believes they have a better chance to win when Yakupov is playing 7 minutes, not 20 minutes. (2) I agree a stint in the AHL may be a good idea BUT(a)apparently they were not able to teach Omark how to play defence down there, and (b) what if Yakupov totally lights it up against inferior competition, he may become even more convinced that the only thing he needs to worry about is offence. (3) Recently Yakupov publicly said something like, "I don't like to backcheck, I don't like to play without the puck". Yeah, I know, language barrier. Did anybody (like Larionov) explain to him what those comments meant? Did Yakupov apologize or backtrack? Nope. (4) Yakupov is clearly involved in a war of wills with the coach. If you allow a player to win a war like this, your team is doomed. (5) Two words: "Alexandre Daigle" I am not saying this because I WANT this to happen. But if Yakuov refuses to listen he should be traded, and quickly, while he still has the cachet of a number one overall pick.

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#58 Rick Stroppel
December 30 2013, 04:43PM
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ryan wrote:

I agree 100% , coach s taking a hard line approach with one guy. Think of the free passes ebs and hall got in their first two years. This guy is getting no chances..........

How could he not be producing playing 6 minutes a night with gadzic ,the only thing owrse would be putting him with belanger lol

So Eberle and Hall got "free passes" in their first two years did they? Please look back in their careers and see if they did the following over a forty game period, half a season, in the NHL:

(1) Fourteen points.

(2) One (Two?) even strength goals.

(3) Minus 25.

(4) Publicly says he doesn't like to play defence.

(5) Allows his agent to come to town and gripe. Rather like the parent in Pee Wee hockey who complains to coach that Sonny Boy is not getting enough ice time.

Yakupov is not being singled out. He deserves everything he is getting.

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#59 bulldog12
December 30 2013, 06:57PM
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#60 BC BOY
December 30 2013, 01:18PM
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if yakupov was having this same performance under any other coach in the NHL do you think they would be babying him and hope that he gets better? Doubt it.

Don't see why people are freaking out over some tough love for yakupov. He's not going to become a better player by having it easy his whole career.

And people have to stop complaining about how Gagner doesn't get scratched. Eakins knows Ganger is a questionable a marginal 2C and he knows how talented and good yakupov is so to hold them to the same standard doesn't make sense.

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#61 Woogie63
December 31 2013, 12:06AM
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Who has has improved as player during the first half of the season under Eakins? Maybe Perron? +20 players are going backwards or sideways.

Who improved under Kruger? Hall, Yak, Eberle, N. Schultz, Dubynk, Gagner

Who improvec under Renney? Hall, Eberle, Potter, Whitney, Dubynk

Who are we handing on to as the coach?

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#62 mlselli
December 31 2013, 04:32AM
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What is good for the goose should be good for the Gagner. When does Sammy get his date in the press box? He's been a disaster.

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#63 Kr55
December 30 2013, 12:53PM
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Yak is just an easy target for Eakins. Lots of players deserved to be benched this year but most of them make too much money.

Barely playing and benching Yak may also be part of a bigger plan to keep his 2nd contract cheaper. We definitely can't afford another 6M/season forward. The season is already done, so might as well keep Yak off the scoresheet as much as possible so he has no ammo during discussions of an extension after this season.

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#64 Puck_In_Throat
December 30 2013, 12:54PM
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@joshgladu

I cannot believe how many people do not see that you are being sarcastic.

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#65 -30-
December 30 2013, 01:25PM
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Nothing wrong with scratching a young player.

Didn't Eakins say that he WOULD make players responsible and that they would have to EARN their icetime?

I know some would suggest that others should be benched first but really, you can't bench the whole team at once.

Give the young guy some time to learn his role just like Kadri had to.

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#66 sizzay
December 30 2013, 01:31PM
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I think Ray Ferraro said it well with Anthony Mantha at the WJ tourney on the weekend.

He spoke about Mantha's 1 dimensional capability and lack of effort at times. He added that most coaches prefer 200 foot players but that last 60 feet (in the offensive zone) is most important. You need goals to win games.

I understand wanting to make Yakupov a 200 foot player, but that wasn't his game when we drafted him and it isn't likely going to be his game in the future.

This kid is a finisher who can dish good passes and is willing to throw the body. He is not a shot blocker, he is not a fighter, he is not a grinder.

Why not stick him with Gordon and Hall? He has good chemistry with Hall, and Gordon can cover their asses defensively.

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#67 Merle Eberle
December 30 2013, 08:24PM
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If Management is going to stand pat while this egotistic coach ruins the kid's confidence, then they should've never drafted him in the first place.

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#68 wintoon
December 30 2013, 02:07PM
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I have no problem with Yakupov being benched if it is for long term development purposes. In the long run it should pay dividends. However, Gagner is a veteran centre. As a veteran and a centre he should be held even more accountable than a raw rookie. The problem is that I have seen him being gifted ice time rather than being held accountable. To me that is an injustice and is simply not fair to the team. Eakins needs to be perceived as fair or he will lose the room.

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#69 نفسه
December 30 2013, 02:53PM
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إذا yakupov كان لها هذا الأداء نفسه تحت أي مدرب آخر في NHL تظن أنها سوف babying له، ونأمل أن يحصل على أفضل؟ أشك في ذلك.

لا أرى لماذا الناس ينقط خارجا على بعض الحب القاسي للyakupov. وقال انه لن يصبح لاعبا أفضل من خلال وجود من السهل مسيرته بأكملها.

وعلى الناس أن تكف عن الشكوى حول كيفية Gagner لا يحصل خدش. إيكنز يعرف رئيس عمال هو مشكوك في 2C هامشية ويعرف كيف موهوب وجيد yakupov هو ذلك عقد لهم نفس المستوى لا معنى له.

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#70 Turnover
December 30 2013, 03:02PM
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** wrote:

Yakupov is going to end up asking for a trade, sent to a contender, end up having a great career, meanwhile the Oilers will still be bottom five for the next 4 years. Eakins is not going to take this team anywhere.

Yakupov will likely never get sent to a contender. Contenders roll four responsible lines. With responsible people. Yakupov is not a responsible player. In fact very irresponsible.

The biggest problem Yakupov has, along with numerous posters here, is, he's nowhere near as good as he, or you believes he is. Another Tyler Seguin. Wants to be "the star". Good competitive teams don't care who gets the points. They play to win as a team. If they are trying to build a team here, and I do believe they are, he don't fit right now.

I also believe he's heading back to the KHL if he doesn't get treated as the baby he is.

I am not a big fan of Eakins, but I am a supporter of this move. Keep him out for a few games. If he still hasen't decided to play a team game, move his ass. We need people who believe in competing as a group.

Make that bold move. If you can find a partener to dance with.

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#71 EricOG
December 30 2013, 03:27PM
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#72 dv.asteroid
December 30 2013, 05:13PM
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New plan...don't bench yak...fire coach...fire assistant coaches. ...re hire coach as assistant...hire Mess as coach. And fire gags.

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#73 nina russo
December 30 2013, 08:58PM
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Can anyone point me to a Fire Eakins web petition?

Thanks, N.

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#74 DAVE
December 30 2013, 01:29PM
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Eakins it appears has a chip on his shoulder against anybody that might be more talented than him. His mentality is starting to get bizzare. Develope the kid in the NHL or devolope the kid in the AHL. Make up your schizo mind. You will both be better off.

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#75 **
December 30 2013, 02:07PM
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Eakins is using Yakupov as a scape goat to "show" the public he is all about accountability. Gagner is playing much worse when his numbers are adjusted for games played and still sees prime time. If they are really about developing send him to the AHL, don't use him as the pinata when the coach fails to ice a competitive team.

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#76 ubermiguel
December 30 2013, 01:35PM
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I saw some defensive improvement on Saturday (covering the pinching d-man's position, more skating the neutral zone), but except for about 2 or 3 rushes he was pretty much an offensive non-factor.

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#77 BIGDAWG
December 30 2013, 02:37PM
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That's it..Bench him again.. cause it was alllll Yaks fault the TEAM did squat for the better part of 2 and a half periods vs philly and did the absolute minimum vs the flames... This word accountability is a bunch of horse sheet... there are other players to bench not just petry, smyth and yak.......why did we get rid of Fistric and brown and smid again?? grit toughness and a lil bit of nasty... ya we don't need that at all... I have the Oilers logo and the nations logo on my truck......I really wish this team would get some friggin balls....and why is it that the coach says one thing and the team does nothing or the opposite?? I am really starting to wonder.. AND the I don't care factor is starting to creep in.. I can handle baby steps but I cant stand regression..

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#78 **
December 30 2013, 02:40PM
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A-Mc wrote:

I dont understand the love that so many of you have for Yakupov.

Here are a few little fun facts:

1. The higher up the roster a player is, the tougher the competition is going to be for that player - GENERALLY SPEAKING. ex) Nuge plays much tougher competition than Lander or Acton.

2. Even on the 3rd or 4th line, Yakupov's line is being outplayed. read: Outplayed vs weak competition.

3. When Yak is put into the top 6, those lines don't perform as well. Also, he continues to fail to produce even with the good line mates.

Yakupov is a microcosm for our entire team. The Oilers have high offensive potential but they can't seem to figure out their defensive game. High Risk. This style of play is clearly enabling us to be picking top 5 for the 4th time in 5 years at the draft. The Oilers will move up the standings when they start playing better defensive hockey; Yakupov will move up the lines when he starts playing better defensive hockey.

Until then, both the Oilers and Yakupov will be bottom feeders. It's time to break the bad habits and it certainly looks like Eakin's is trying to do that. GJ Coach, keep it going.

YOur first point is just plain uninformed. Gordon plays the tough minutes. Comparing Nuge with Lander or Yak is like comparing Potter with Shea Webber or Ryan Sutter.

Second point, again, misinformed, because, again, Gordon plays third line.

Third point, difficult to asses on black and white. Yakupov played on those lines sometimes against tougher teams where none of his line mates did scrap. Goaltending was also horrible during some of those games, so don't blame it on Yakupov alone.

Next time please learn the difference between fact and opinion

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#79 **
December 30 2013, 03:30PM
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We are all looking at this the wrong way. I just figured it out. Sitting Yak is the Oilers way of officially throwing the towel. "we might as well sit Yak, no need for him to get hurt, let's keep him fresh for next season". PS: I'm being sarcastic

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#80 howard burns
December 31 2013, 09:21AM
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@jack

YAKUPOV will be playing in the NHL long after Eakins is forgotten.........which will not be too long from now!!! With the talent that Yakupov has, a good coach will make him blossom, not use him as a scapegoat for his own incompetence!!!! Good bye Eakins.......the writing is on the wall!!!!

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#81 A-Mc
December 30 2013, 01:26PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

Most oppositions 4th lines are way better than Oilers 3rd line, and sometimes even the 2nd.

When you are playing on the worst line on the worst NHL team: what exactly is a sheltered minute?

Even so, the competition is still easier on the 3/4 line as opposed to 1/2. Even if the Oilers' 3rd line was more like a teams 5th forward line (if there were such a thing), it still doesnt change the fact that Yakupov is failing vs competition that is weaker than the competition he'd face if he were in the top 6.

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#82 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 30 2013, 01:44PM
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Puck_In_Throat wrote:

I cannot believe how many people do not see that you are being sarcastic.

I can't believe YOU cannot see how many people know he is being sarcastic and are trashing him anyway!

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#83 Rama Lama
December 30 2013, 03:48PM
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meh... wrote:

First,I like Yakupov.The upside on him has to be considered as huge.

Yakupov has not played well.

Yakupov would benefit greatly from some quality ice time in the minors in all types of situations in all types of game conditions.Winning,losing,power play, last minutes of games etc

The argument that he may bolt for the KHL if sent to the minors is weak. If the kid wants to leave because he gets sent to the minors to improve his ability, then who cares if he leaves???? 20 year old rookies don't get to make ultimatums to the teams that draft them, whether they are from Russia or Vegreville.

I don't believe he'd want to leave for the Motherland just because a trip to Oklahoma City for more ice time was prescribed for his over-all improvement.

It is the job of the General Manager to make these decisions and then to convey these messages to players, especially young,struggling players.That means our leadership needs to lead.

Please, MacT, I'm begging you...lead.

Probably the best comment here in quite a while!

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#84 thefoz
December 31 2013, 08:23AM
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Some of the pro-benching comments on here are quite laughable.

"He's not that good! He's another Tyler Seguin!" 37 points in 36 games and +12, first line NHL centre Tyler Seguin you mean? The Tyler Seguin who had to be traded and given an opportunity to flourish to find that level of production?

I both hope and fear that Yakupov is another Tyler Seguin.

I understand the sentiment that, because the season is lost already, thinking long term about Yak's growth is paramount. That said, I don't think benching him and only him while his peers also struggle mightily is helping him grow. He needs to be allowed to make mistakes like his teammates before him were, and he needs to be put into a position to succeed. And no, playing with the Gazdics and Landers of the NHL (also, how sad is it that that's a thing?) doesn't qualify. I feel for the kid, he's clearly falling victim to a double standard IMO.

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#85 DAVE
December 30 2013, 02:25PM
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meh... wrote:

First,I like Yakupov.The upside on him has to be considered as huge.

Yakupov has not played well.

Yakupov would benefit greatly from some quality ice time in the minors in all types of situations in all types of game conditions.Winning,losing,power play, last minutes of games etc

The argument that he may bolt for the KHL if sent to the minors is weak. If the kid wants to leave because he gets sent to the minors to improve his ability, then who cares if he leaves???? 20 year old rookies don't get to make ultimatums to the teams that draft them, whether they are from Russia or Vegreville.

I don't believe he'd want to leave for the Motherland just because a trip to Oklahoma City for more ice time was prescribed for his over-all improvement.

It is the job of the General Manager to make these decisions and then to convey these messages to players, especially young,struggling players.That means our leadership needs to lead.

Please, MacT, I'm begging you...lead.

well said, but the player agents have a vested intrest. 10% OF 3 mill is not the same as 10% of playing in the minors. Your ledger looks a little weaker at the end of the year.

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#86 A-Mc
December 30 2013, 01:35PM
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sizzay wrote:

I think Ray Ferraro said it well with Anthony Mantha at the WJ tourney on the weekend.

He spoke about Mantha's 1 dimensional capability and lack of effort at times. He added that most coaches prefer 200 foot players but that last 60 feet (in the offensive zone) is most important. You need goals to win games.

I understand wanting to make Yakupov a 200 foot player, but that wasn't his game when we drafted him and it isn't likely going to be his game in the future.

This kid is a finisher who can dish good passes and is willing to throw the body. He is not a shot blocker, he is not a fighter, he is not a grinder.

Why not stick him with Gordon and Hall? He has good chemistry with Hall, and Gordon can cover their asses defensively.

That might work, but you'd need two solid 2way guys to go with him to make up for his 1-way game.

The Oilers dont really have any solid 2-way top 6 guys. Nuge is going to be decent one day, and Perron is good now.. That's about it. Hall, Ebs and Gagner (Especially the latter 2) aren't very good defensively.

So.. you're almost damned if you do and damned if you dont

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#87 j
December 31 2013, 08:42AM
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gus1000 wrote:

Does anyone remember how Claude Giroux started the season? He went 21 games without a goal. Does anyone remember what he did last year? He was a scoring machine. Does anyone remember how many minutes he spent on the 4th line? Me neither. Most likely none. Why? His coach knows what the player can do, and what his job is. And just because he was snake bit, it didn't mean he should be the 4th line guy.

The moral of my out to lunch story is, good players have doldrums. Giroux was not signed to block shots, play on the fourth line, and kill penalties. The Oilers did not spend a 1st overall pick on a fourth line plug. Putting hm there to learn a two way game with guys who either are barely in the league, or shouldn't be here at all, is pointless. He isn't learning what he needs to learn. Eakins is trying to kill the skill on this club. The goal differential is worse this year than last year when we played no defense. Why is that?? Because he doesn't understand his players.

Get Yak up front with at least one competent player to skate with, pass the puck to, and receive passes from. Now leave him there. The kid is walking on egg shells every game knowing the coach has this notion to send him to the pine with one tiny mistake. As mentioned by another post, Hall and Eberle made half a dozen doozys a night. They learned from it.

Father time is retiring, give those damn minutes to the kid we want to have for another decade. His plus minus argument is a joke due to various reasons, look at Eberle as an example. His is brutal, but -6 is from empty net goals. Pretty sure that makes the stat a little useless when discussing overall play. Yak has his moments, don't get me wrong, but on the right time, given a little leeway, he should get 30 a season.

Half of this roster has earned time off in the press box, yet only one guy seems to consistently get shipped up there. I think the coach is poor at best. Our special teams are worse this year and our goal differential is worse. His judgement to me seems extremely cloudy at this point.

The reason Yak is sitting is exactly the reason many of the other young Oilers should be sitting - they don't know how to play a 200 ft game. Gagner, Hall and Eberle were given too much rope when they entered the league and the result is we are second last in the NHL. To suggest we should do the same with Yak is ludicrous. These are critical, teachable moments with Yak - we should be fully supporting this approach with the hope of a brighter future. As we have seen with Gagner, it isn't easy to change your game after 4-5-6 years. Showing Gagner 'tough love' at this stage in his career isn't going to have much impact. But with Yak, this is the perfect time to go back to the drawing board before he becomes (remains?) one dimensional. Any other strategy (i.e. play all the kids to speed development) runs completely counter to what we want to accomplish - long term stability and success.

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#88 Arius Mumin
December 30 2013, 01:15PM
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Que Tengo Que Hacer

Pa' Que Vuelvas Conmigo

Vamos a Dejar El Pasado Atras

Para Mi La Vida No Tiene Sentido

Si Te Vas

Volver Yak

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#89 Quintana
December 30 2013, 01:23PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

Que Tengo Que Hacer

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Vamos a Dejar El Pasado Atras

Para Mi La Vida No Tiene Sentido

Si Te Vas

Volver Yak

Viva Yak city!!! Eakins cabron hijo de las mil putas!!!!

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#90 Ed in PV
December 30 2013, 01:52PM
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Gregor, I don't get your comment about Yak" already having one of the best shots in the league." I see his shooting% is about 8%, which is not good. When he gets his shot off it is very hard, but he misses the net too often and really struggles being able to adjust himself to get his shot off with anything less than a perfect pass. More often that getting a good shot on net he has either missed the net or fanned the shot. I'll grant that when he hit's one it goes hard, but I think having "one of the best shots in the league" is more than just speed.

I hope this is the 1st step and he spends the 2nd half of the year in OKC. Not as a punishment but because he needs to work on his game. I recall that Spezza was a number 1 who spent a year in Jr and most of his 1st 2 years of pro in the AHL. Spending some time in the AHL is not the end of his career.

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#91 Ed in PV
December 30 2013, 02:24PM
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** wrote:

There are 5 other guys on the ice every time Yakupov is burned for a chance against. How come it is only his bad play that sticks out to the coach?. On a contending team Yakupov would be used for what he is, a goal scoring forward. There would be a good goalie, 2 soild defencemen, a responsible 2 way center, and another great forward. Yakupov would eventually get decent enough defensively. But on a sinking ship, it's hard to learn to swim when all your shipmates are going down with the ship.

So are you suggesting that the only move the Oil have left is the "shelter him" in OKC?

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Quintana wrote:

Viva Yak city!!! Eakins cabron hijo de las mil putas!!!!

Yak city: ganar, o morir.

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#93 Taylor Gang
December 30 2013, 02:48PM
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Ed in PV wrote:

Gregor, I don't get your comment about Yak" already having one of the best shots in the league." I see his shooting% is about 8%, which is not good. When he gets his shot off it is very hard, but he misses the net too often and really struggles being able to adjust himself to get his shot off with anything less than a perfect pass. More often that getting a good shot on net he has either missed the net or fanned the shot. I'll grant that when he hit's one it goes hard, but I think having "one of the best shots in the league" is more than just speed.

I hope this is the 1st step and he spends the 2nd half of the year in OKC. Not as a punishment but because he needs to work on his game. I recall that Spezza was a number 1 who spent a year in Jr and most of his 1st 2 years of pro in the AHL. Spending some time in the AHL is not the end of his career.

Spezza was actually number 2 to Kovalchuk. Other than that I agree with you.

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#94 Fatbob24
December 30 2013, 05:00PM
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YOur first point is just plain uninformed. Gordon plays the tough minutes. Comparing Nuge with Lander or Yak is like comparing Potter with Shea Webber or Ryan Sutter.

Second point, again, misinformed, because, again, Gordon plays third line.

Third point, difficult to asses on black and white. Yakupov played on those lines sometimes against tougher teams where none of his line mates did scrap. Goaltending was also horrible during some of those games, so don't blame it on Yakupov alone.

Next time please learn the difference between fact and opinion

Why? this site is based on opinion, hardly ever fact. Push off.

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#95 ColourMeImpressed
December 30 2013, 07:45PM
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Puck Daddy chimes in on the issue...

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/fourth-liner-nail-yakupov-healthy-scratched-again-edmonton-213228110--nhl.html

Says the same thing we've been saying.

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#96 pelhem grenville
December 31 2013, 05:47AM
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...imagine if Yakapov played with a team like the San Jose Sharks ...

...and we had Couture and Niemi

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#97 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 30 2013, 02:03PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

I didn't say that, I asked a question.

The way you pay attention-you could be a 2C on Eakins team.

You need to pay a little more attention yourself there Arius....I was playing a little trick on you there....putting words in your mouth....read it a couple of more times...let me know when you get it.....then we can move on.

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#98 Arius Mumin
December 30 2013, 02:10PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

You need to pay a little more attention yourself there Arius....I was playing a little trick on you there....putting words in your mouth....read it a couple of more times...let me know when you get it.....then we can move on.

I'm not a baby or a woman, if there is anything going into my mouth it is because I really want it there.

If I want people trying to trick me: I'd go listen to a Eakins press conference.

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#99 **
December 30 2013, 05:54PM
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Fatbob24 wrote:

Why? this site is based on opinion, hardly ever fact. Push off.

Because he started off by saying "here's a few fun FACTS", his words not mine. How about you read the whole thing before talking trash and then F$%k off?

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#100 Oiler Al
December 30 2013, 06:20PM
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If this team knew what the f..k they were doing , they would do the right thing and send this kid down to OKC!. If he is going to develop, he needs ice time and plenty of it.Playing 6 min. a game with some bozos is not development.

Tell the Yak to put his ego aside, and invest some time in his hockey development, that is if he wants an NHL career.Other players went through that ordeal and turned into pretty good players. This is not a new idea.

Unless the Oilers made a deal with the devil { Larianov] and promised to keep him with the big club.

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