YAK CITY FAITHFUL

Lowetide
March 06 2013 05:46PM

 

I'm hearing whispers that some Oiler fans believe the club made a mistake in drafting Nail Yakupov #1 overall. In times like these, it's important to remind ourselves of what the "experts" said at the time of the draft and about small sample sizes and how silly we can look in drawing short term conclusions.

I'm sure everyone has their own way of evaluating a new talent, but for Oiler fans the third #1 pick in a row should be easy to compare to......THE LAST TWO #1 OVERALL PICKS!

So, let's do that:

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins year 1: 22, 10-14-24 (1.09ppg) +3
  • Nail Yakupov year 1: 22, 6-6-12 (.545ppg) -10
  • Taylor Hall year 1: 22, 5-6-11 (.500ppg) -6

In his first 22 games, RNH scored 24 points and 10 goals. Since then, he's scored 9 goals in 59 games, and that gives us a really nice reminder that (say it with me....) we shouldn't judge players--especially young players--on small sample sizes. 

In regard to Nail Yakupov, here's what we can conclude from his first 22 NHL games: he's tremendously gifted, has an exceptional release, and is miles from being the player he'll become. I'm excited about watching him, and am thrilled he's doing so well, but it's clear the young man has some development in front of him and perhaps some growing up to do. 

No shame in that; show me a 19-year old who is mature and never makes an error of entusiasm and I'll show you one sad, sad teenager. 

TIL THEIR DYING DAY! 

Yakupov scored one of the truly famous goals of the entire season against Los Angeles early on. Nail--who was born in Russia--celebrated a huge goal for the Oilers with the kind of youthful joy that makes us all kids just by watching it. If there's anyone in the adult world who thought Yakupov made that sprint on purpose--or to show up the LAK--they're crazy. Seriously. 

WHERE DOES HE RANK?

Yakupov is 6th in points among rookies, tied for third in goals and ranks 10th in F time-on-ice per game. This is a marathon, not a sprint and Yakupov's season--although halfway over--promises to put him in prime offensive positions for the Oilers simply because they don't have a lot of other options who are better. 

Nail Yakupov is a skilled player. Among Oiler forwards, he's already among the 6 best available (he ranks 5th in points among Oiler forwards). 

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Nail Yakupov is an outstanding talent. Five years from now, maybe we'll be able to say that someone taken later in the draft turned out better, but it was a strong bet on draft day and it is a strong bet now. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, and don't listen to anyone who talks about "soft Euro's" or "acting like an idiot" in regard to Yakupov. 

He's a killer. When the tumblers click, this guy is going to kick ass from Boston to Vancouver. And his shot is going to be heard all the way to Kingston. 

 

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#51 Ralp
March 06 2013, 09:40PM
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The Oilers have made the playoffs only twice over the past 10 years last 5 years 4 different coaches.

What is the common denominator?

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#52 wiseguy
March 06 2013, 09:41PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

The Oilers themselves didn't want to take Yakupov last June.

The Oilers were working Scott Howson to get that second selection to go along with having the first. If Howson would've taken the package the Oilers were offering, they were going to take Murray with the first pick, and Galchenyuk with that second selection. That would've left Yakupov to fall to 3 or even 4.

The actions leading up to the draft lead me to believe this is true. The Oilers publically state Murray's their guy the morning of the draft, they release their soon to be selection through the usually media puppets at their disposal sending oiler fans into a state of disbelief. Lowe wants Howson to believe his guy will be gone by the time the Jackets head to the podium, hoping to loosen Scotts grasp on that second pick.

Moments before the draft Jason Gregor (at the draft) has an opportunity to chat with Igor Larionov. Once Igor finds out he's from Edmonton, he states at a distance from Jasons booth where he's doing his radio program from (but still could be heard on the air) "Edmonton doesn't talk to me, i don't talk to Edmonton" Gregor is taken aback by Larionovs sudden dislike for Edmonton. Igor had gotten wind of what the Oilers were trying to do, letting his kid fall to 3 or even 4 in the draft.

Howson doesn't cooperate leaving the Oilers at the alter so to speak. Lowe and Tambellini remain seated at their table at the start of the draft hoping Scott Howson accepts their offer, they remain seated waiting so long they need to be reminded by the commisioner they're due up at the podium to start the proceedings. With only the first selection to be had now, that one and only selection had to be Nail Yakupov. I'd like to know where the Oilers offer fell short that afternoon. Oiler fans would've been dancing in the streets with both Galchenyuk and Murray in the fold. I'm sure if Kevin could go back he might sweeten that offer a little.

Getting to know and see Nail Yakupov has been a treat. I really hope for the Oilers sake and Yakupovs, he's an Oiler for a long long time.

J Schultz chances of signing here this past summer would've decreased if we had drafted Murray. Would you prefer galchenyuk and Murray minus some draft picks and maybe hemsky vs. keeping hemsky, draft picks, Schultz and Yak?

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#53 They're $hittie
March 06 2013, 09:48PM
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@DSF

convenient you left gagner off your list,

also yak is on pace for a 44 point season over 82 games, that would put him ahead of one on your list and right below another.

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#54 Time Travelling Sean
March 06 2013, 09:50PM
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You can only learn so much from Jr. He was already one of the best players down there, what would one more year have taught him? You don't learn defense from playing against 17/18 year old D-man and Goalies who probably don't have the stuff to play in the German league.

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#55 Time Travelling Sean
March 06 2013, 09:53PM
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Also wait until the season is over before you start saying Gally is better and Hubby is a triple digit threat. Rookies tend to have more highs and lows over a season than vets.

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#56 DSF
March 06 2013, 10:02PM
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Yakupov is on pace, over an 82 game season, to post a -40.

That is historically bad.

Kid doesn't even know where his end of the ice is located.

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#57 Oiler Al
March 06 2013, 10:04PM
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DSF wrote:

Yep.

Doesn't matter how "dynamic" you look on offence if the the other team is treating you like a turnstile.

Rookie plus/minus.

Gallagher +10

Saad +6

Galchenyuk +5

Zabinajed +3

Shore +1

Conacher +0

Tarasenko -1

Huberdeau -1

Hamilton -3

Schultz -7

Yakupov -10

Please note that Huberdeau and Shore play for the worst +- team in the entire NHL.

Yak is not the only plus/minus on the team.. al most the entire team is a minus. I think Krueger is sending him down to the 3 line, with hope that he picks up his defensive game. Not sure how much he can learn from Belanger?

There is no doubt at this time the kid seems lost out there... this is not Jr. hockey, where a player can dangle around half the game.

With good coaching he will be a player in the NHL.

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#58 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 06 2013, 10:08PM
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Stamkos' rookie season:

GP 79 G 23 A 23 PT 46 -13

Yak on pace for:

GP 48 G 13 A 13 PT 26 -22

These are the facts.

I think one can project that over a full season Yak would be very close to Stamkos' numbers, even the plus/minus.

But, I hate this type argument because people are just different from one another. One guy could develop earlier than the other. What's more important is understanding what raw talent this rook has and the potential for him to become elite.

Rooks make mistakes. Stamkos made lots.

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#59 DSF
March 06 2013, 10:16PM
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@DigDeepNBleedBlue

See how much better Stamkos is?

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#60 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 06 2013, 10:20PM
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DSF wrote:

See how much better Stamkos is?

That's your retort?

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#61 Devolution
March 06 2013, 10:29PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Yak stays. Better yet, all of our first overall picks stay. Of the fab 5, it seems Eberle lacks the most motivation. Would it be possible to trde Hemsky now for an okay defenseman, then Eberle for a franchise D down the road? Clearly one of the kids will have to go later, and Eberle has the lowest ceiling for potential.

This is crazy talk. Last year at this time Eberle was an untouchable, now he lacks motivation? When you look at that group the one who stands out is Hemsky, not because of his value to the team but because his full potential has already been reached. His value is easy to assess because it is not a moving target like the others.

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#62 Ryan2
March 06 2013, 10:40PM
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DSF wrote:

Yakupov is on pace, over an 82 game season, to post a -40.

That is historically bad.

Kid doesn't even know where his end of the ice is located.

Yak makes his share of mistakes, but there have been more than a couple of goals early on that the he was on for that he had no responsibility for. Part of the problem for him is that playing on a line with Gagner (still brutally soft on the d-side in his own end and likely always will be) and Hemsky (not exactly a strong defensive player) did not provide any cover for him. Add in the fact that this line was playing with the AHL calibre 3rd pairing a lot and there were plenty of minuses to go around.

If the Oilers were a more complete team they would have him on a 2nd or 3rd line that was defensively responsible and could handle his rookie mistakes. Unfortunately, they do not have anything like that right now and it shows.

That being said, I do not mind him having to learn the hard way and earn his ice time. When was the last time the Oilers actually did that with a rookie?

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#63 DSF
March 06 2013, 10:46PM
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Ryan2 wrote:

Yak makes his share of mistakes, but there have been more than a couple of goals early on that the he was on for that he had no responsibility for. Part of the problem for him is that playing on a line with Gagner (still brutally soft on the d-side in his own end and likely always will be) and Hemsky (not exactly a strong defensive player) did not provide any cover for him. Add in the fact that this line was playing with the AHL calibre 3rd pairing a lot and there were plenty of minuses to go around.

If the Oilers were a more complete team they would have him on a 2nd or 3rd line that was defensively responsible and could handle his rookie mistakes. Unfortunately, they do not have anything like that right now and it shows.

That being said, I do not mind him having to learn the hard way and earn his ice time. When was the last time the Oilers actually did that with a rookie?

He's dreadful.

Doesn't have a clue what to do away from the puck.

Should be in juniors.

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#64 Ryan2
March 06 2013, 10:52PM
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@ DSF - If you are so critical of Yak, how's Suter's +/- now on the Wild? I have not looked for a couple of weeks, but is that how a $98 million d-man is supposed to play?

Also, how is Granlund doing now? I went to the Wild game here in Edmonton and my take away is that he is small, soft, with average speed and will top out at as a #2C at best, with Gagner-like numbers prior to this season (40 - 50 points) being the high end for him. Not bad, but nothing great either.

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#65 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 06 2013, 10:54PM
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"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument." - William G. McAdoo

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#66 Taylor Gang
March 06 2013, 11:06PM
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Devolution wrote:

This is crazy talk. Last year at this time Eberle was an untouchable, now he lacks motivation? When you look at that group the one who stands out is Hemsky, not because of his value to the team but because his full potential has already been reached. His value is easy to assess because it is not a moving target like the others.

Normally, I would agree that it is crazy talk. However, Eberle IS the least motivated, or at least looks the least motivated on the ice. For example, of the kids, he is by far the least likely to lay a hit on an opponent. Then nuge. Then yak. Then hall. Secondly, he REFUSES to play defense. I have season tickets and on multiple occassions you can see Eberle cheating for offense only for it to lead to a goal. (Watch Vancouver OT loss if you don't believe me) Obviously, we are getting a small sample size right now, but Eberle doesn't deserve the ice time he is getting right now. Someone else ie) Hall, Hemsky, Yakupov, should take his postition as rightful first hand man alongside Nugent-Hopkins.

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#67 NewAgeSys
March 06 2013, 11:09PM
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Nail is sitting at 6-6 for 12 points in the Calder race behind the lead of 20 pts, he is 5 goals off the pace in that category. 6-6 for 12 pts Nail Yakupov 5-8 for 13 pts Justin Schultz 7-13 for 20 pts Cory Conacher

I believe that Nail is by far the best Rookie entering the NHL this year. He has not been used in the best dynamic situations consistantly enough to dominate the Calder race but he is poised to do so even as we speak. Once Nail has the size, speed, and defensive awareness and zone traversing ability of MPS combined with the creative abilitys of Sam Gagner and his scoring touch supporting his lethal shot then he will develop at optimal speed with optimal goal production. Nail is a terminal thinker, he is always trying to terminate plays by scoreing goals , every second he is out there he is trying to do this and Sam Gagner is wired exactly the same way.

I believe that Nail will be able to produce multiple goal games consistantly and easily take over the Calder scoring race if he has 2nd line minutes consistantly till the end of the year with MPS and Gagner, MPSs zone traversing % is skyhigh and this means he opens up the ice a LOT. Yakupov and Gagner will create havoc for opponents baseing their creative offense off of MPSs consistant zone traverses for 60 mins and they require this consistancy to be most effective, this is why MPS is perfect he is big enough and fast enough to force dynamics to happen consistantly. So this line combo should give Yak the Calder on its own.

On another level, Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov could easily work together to amass enough poits to not only overtake Conacher but to go one-two in scoring for the rest of the year and they could do this in 5 games or less. Just working the give and go and the onetimers these two could rip control of the Calder away from the rest of the Rookies for the rest of the season.

Yakupov needs to finish checks with emphasis, and he needs to recover back into the play first after he makes contact, players at the NHL level are to good to use a peripheral game you need to get more involved and present different looks to opponents. Nail keeps his head up which is good but he needs to take some pucks in closer and he needs to use his size and sphere of influence better without the puck to move defenders and goalies around, just by swooping and feinting and faking through shooting lanes and sweet spots he can really change games, as it is now he gets cleanly open a lot and it turns into a one-on-one staredown with the tender, we dont want this, we want Nail coming out of coverage at the right time and we want him to be useing screens and traffic more. We dont want the goalie keying on him so easily and this means Nails linemates need to focus on him every shift and start hitting him with passes on the fly so he can shoot on the fly, and Nail needs to start bringing his sphere of influence into and out of scoring areas more often during shifts and not get so set and stationary, he needs to work harder to give his linemates more chances to hit him with passes if they committ to focussing on him, he can do this if they will use him like a weapon.

The Oilers have lost a HUGE part of their pride and Esprit de Corps, this organisation used to every and anything in their power to help each other achieve goals of excellence , trophys and records and milestones, we used to take pride in supporting each other this way. Not anymore, we have lost that respect for ourselves and each other.

Right now this team should be putting Yakupov in the best positions possible to win the Calder, Nail should NEVER skate a shift and not be the focus of the offense. J Schultz and Nail should be working with the coaches to perfect a few plays, a one timer and a give and go, so they can take control of the Calder race and achieve something this Organisation really needs, some recognitio and some reward, we need to learn to achieve excellence through each others accomplishments and become selfless to become champs, this means going out of our way to help each other excell, and working extra hard on tough nights with this as our incentive.

Nail really needs to make sure on the PP that he comes in at the goalie when he is isolated on the FO circle area where he is so often, he needs to take control of his dynamic relationship with the goalie early in games so he can switch gears earlier. This is the NHL and getting open and stationary the same way is good but if you are as open as yakupov gets it means you are in a position to control the goalies mind and decision making to initiate momentum. Besides sometimes the reson Yak is so open is because the d-men are letting him be open, he needs to dart in close more often and let his teammates pass the puck laterally crosscrease instead of crossice, every so often he needs to dart in to give them an outlet, change his angles more.

He doesnt need to do much, just make contact on his own initiative more often and start darting in and out of scoring areas more to spread the defenses out for his linemates. working on TWO specific nasty plays with J schultz is optional but reccomended, because these two really can take over the Calder race totally in just five or six games. I think that if Yakupov can fade just four or five feet more towards the corner when he gets open that J Schultz could hit him with excellent deflection passes using the hard wrister down low to the ice. The one-timer is nice but the angle is not very good where Nail has been setting up at, he needs to drop further out of the goalies focus more to the side, and use the deflections or onetime releases to try to thread the needle or leave a deadly rebound. As a bonus because nail is a |Rookie the deeper we position him and the closer he is to the goal line when he handles the puck the less chance of a loss of possesion going the other direction, when he sets up around the circle he can get caught badly if he mishandles a pass coming to him for the one-timer, this is why it seems like guys arent passing to him, they really arent because they instinctually know the crossice angle is dangerous, so lets drop Nail back deeper and more towards the corner below the circle so he can relax more and focus on his shot and so we can give him defensive support and his teammates a safer crosscrease pass to make that might even turn into a lucky goal once in a while if the d-men try to knock it down. We need to utilise Nail and all of our ultra-skilled men 100%.

Not many teams can claim that they are forced to change systems because they have to much skill and talent for the one they are useing its normally the other way around. The Oilers can legitimately claim this at this point in time. I believe we do not have any time to waste or we are wasting Stanley Cup Rocket Fuel only young men can produce, we need to get serious immediatly and start winning games by adjusting this sytem properly or by finding a new one.

I want to see Nail back with Gagner and have MPS added, then I want to see Sam teach Nail how to produce 8 point nights like I know he can do. I want to see Nail learn to execute the system tightly and defensively first and then learn how to use that stability and consistancy to find and exploit weaknesses in the oppositions systems. Just like Gagner does it and as Magnus has learned to also do it, through hard work and system committment FIRST.

I think that this threesome can reproduce consistant system pressure for 60 mins, and this means they can spend 60 mins hitting the opposition system in the same weakspots over and over and over even if its the same play, and this is how you dominate and produce multiple point nights consistantlty, by working hard consistantly and executing the system accurately so you can deliver offense to the same weak spots repeatedly until the opposition breaks down.

I think Nail is really not that noticable as far as Rookie mistakes go, he makes errors of judgment based on tactics because he is learning but he doesnt make Rookie blunders.

Just put him in the position to produce goals and he will deliver, that is a rare commodity here in Edmonton, finishing ablity, and we are in no historical position to waste one bit of it, shame on us so far, we need to catalyse around Nail and help him be the best he can be, there is a bit of bitterness in our room right now and we need to grow up and help our little brother out, what a bunch of selfish teammates we have been so far, its about time the men all quit feeling sorry for themselves and began digging themselves out of this rut one teammate at a time , and that is the only way to do it, so lets start with helping Nail and J Schultz take what is ours, the Calder Trophy, lets start to show a little dam pride in each other.

Taylor Hall, are you listening? You better start working with Ebbs to get Nuge back where he belongs, so start communicating better and start reproducing consistant system pressure plays on the opposition for him to work with and have faith in him, so you just go back to power forward goal scorer mode and put playmaker on the shelf for the rest of the season, bring it out in the playoffs when we get there, but if you dont talk to Ebbs and start to look after your other little brother Nuge this team will not become a winner, first we take care of our young men and then we become stronger as a team. You two start to defend Nuge with passion and violence and other teams will also respect him more and give him more room, we need to value players like Nail and Nuge and catalyse around them defensively and loyally before the League will respect them and us.

One day soon Nail will score the Cup Winning goal for us, and he will be a sight to behold skating that Cup around the ice. Till then lets help him score goals as fast as he can bury them, lets make a statement to him , to ourselves, and to the NHL that the Oilers are back from the grave and are willing to support each other in a championship manner again, and this will come at the rest of the NHLs expense.

Yak is about to attack, look for it very very soon. I am willing to bet anything he and Schultz are fighting for the Calder neck and neck all alone away from the pack by the end of the year and that Yak will take the scoring title and Schultz the points title. Exactly as I predicted at the beginning of the year.

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#68 Citizen David
March 06 2013, 11:14PM
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@DSF

Stamkos was -13, Tavares was -15. If you can't see that Yakupov will be a 40 goal 80 point player as a minimum, you're blind. He'll get better defensively. He'll end up playing with Nuge and Hall who are better defensively than Gagner and Hemsky and the Oilers defense will improve. I'm curious, since you have confessed to being an oiler fan who turned on the current management what you would do if the team got new management and became a winning franchise? All of a sudden Yakupov and Hall would be the best players ever? Or you would continue to hate on the best players on your team? You're setting yourself up for that.

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#69 Devolution
March 06 2013, 11:48PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Normally, I would agree that it is crazy talk. However, Eberle IS the least motivated, or at least looks the least motivated on the ice. For example, of the kids, he is by far the least likely to lay a hit on an opponent. Then nuge. Then yak. Then hall. Secondly, he REFUSES to play defense. I have season tickets and on multiple occassions you can see Eberle cheating for offense only for it to lead to a goal. (Watch Vancouver OT loss if you don't believe me) Obviously, we are getting a small sample size right now, but Eberle doesn't deserve the ice time he is getting right now. Someone else ie) Hall, Hemsky, Yakupov, should take his postition as rightful first hand man alongside Nugent-Hopkins.

You make some valid points and I too am frustrated by the extra fancy move at the end of every drive but I just don't think he can change 180 degrees from last year. I just see the games on TV so I don't get the benefit of seeing the entire ice.

He is a special player, perhaps coaching is what is needed here. At any rate, he is signed for 6 years, we aren't going anywhere this year anyway, I think we ride out the storm with all of the young players, including Yak and Eberle.

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#70 Eddie Shore
March 06 2013, 11:49PM
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@NewAgeSys

Are you for serious? I want Nail to succeed as much as anyone but he makes horrendous rookie mistakes at least once a game. I applaud your optimism though.

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#71 Eddie Shore
March 06 2013, 11:57PM
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@Sanaa Montana

Haha no, not entirely. Skimmed through it.

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#72 Mumbai Max
March 07 2013, 01:54AM
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Nothing makes me belly laugh like NewAgeSys. The most entertaining posts on the interwebby thing, by far! Keep it coming. Amidst the falling sky, the hubris and the desperate use of all things statistical, NAS gives us all something to wonder at. A very great gift.

.....wanders away, chuckling

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#73 tom.MTL
March 07 2013, 08:14AM
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NewAgeSys wrote:

Nail is sitting at 6-6 for 12 points in the Calder race behind the lead of 20 pts, he is 5 goals off the pace in that category. 6-6 for 12 pts Nail Yakupov 5-8 for 13 pts Justin Schultz 7-13 for 20 pts Cory Conacher

I believe that Nail is by far the best Rookie entering the NHL this year. He has not been used in the best dynamic situations consistantly enough to dominate the Calder race but he is poised to do so even as we speak. Once Nail has the size, speed, and defensive awareness and zone traversing ability of MPS combined with the creative abilitys of Sam Gagner and his scoring touch supporting his lethal shot then he will develop at optimal speed with optimal goal production. Nail is a terminal thinker, he is always trying to terminate plays by scoreing goals , every second he is out there he is trying to do this and Sam Gagner is wired exactly the same way.

I believe that Nail will be able to produce multiple goal games consistantly and easily take over the Calder scoring race if he has 2nd line minutes consistantly till the end of the year with MPS and Gagner, MPSs zone traversing % is skyhigh and this means he opens up the ice a LOT. Yakupov and Gagner will create havoc for opponents baseing their creative offense off of MPSs consistant zone traverses for 60 mins and they require this consistancy to be most effective, this is why MPS is perfect he is big enough and fast enough to force dynamics to happen consistantly. So this line combo should give Yak the Calder on its own.

On another level, Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov could easily work together to amass enough poits to not only overtake Conacher but to go one-two in scoring for the rest of the year and they could do this in 5 games or less. Just working the give and go and the onetimers these two could rip control of the Calder away from the rest of the Rookies for the rest of the season.

Yakupov needs to finish checks with emphasis, and he needs to recover back into the play first after he makes contact, players at the NHL level are to good to use a peripheral game you need to get more involved and present different looks to opponents. Nail keeps his head up which is good but he needs to take some pucks in closer and he needs to use his size and sphere of influence better without the puck to move defenders and goalies around, just by swooping and feinting and faking through shooting lanes and sweet spots he can really change games, as it is now he gets cleanly open a lot and it turns into a one-on-one staredown with the tender, we dont want this, we want Nail coming out of coverage at the right time and we want him to be useing screens and traffic more. We dont want the goalie keying on him so easily and this means Nails linemates need to focus on him every shift and start hitting him with passes on the fly so he can shoot on the fly, and Nail needs to start bringing his sphere of influence into and out of scoring areas more often during shifts and not get so set and stationary, he needs to work harder to give his linemates more chances to hit him with passes if they committ to focussing on him, he can do this if they will use him like a weapon.

The Oilers have lost a HUGE part of their pride and Esprit de Corps, this organisation used to every and anything in their power to help each other achieve goals of excellence , trophys and records and milestones, we used to take pride in supporting each other this way. Not anymore, we have lost that respect for ourselves and each other.

Right now this team should be putting Yakupov in the best positions possible to win the Calder, Nail should NEVER skate a shift and not be the focus of the offense. J Schultz and Nail should be working with the coaches to perfect a few plays, a one timer and a give and go, so they can take control of the Calder race and achieve something this Organisation really needs, some recognitio and some reward, we need to learn to achieve excellence through each others accomplishments and become selfless to become champs, this means going out of our way to help each other excell, and working extra hard on tough nights with this as our incentive.

Nail really needs to make sure on the PP that he comes in at the goalie when he is isolated on the FO circle area where he is so often, he needs to take control of his dynamic relationship with the goalie early in games so he can switch gears earlier. This is the NHL and getting open and stationary the same way is good but if you are as open as yakupov gets it means you are in a position to control the goalies mind and decision making to initiate momentum. Besides sometimes the reson Yak is so open is because the d-men are letting him be open, he needs to dart in close more often and let his teammates pass the puck laterally crosscrease instead of crossice, every so often he needs to dart in to give them an outlet, change his angles more.

He doesnt need to do much, just make contact on his own initiative more often and start darting in and out of scoring areas more to spread the defenses out for his linemates. working on TWO specific nasty plays with J schultz is optional but reccomended, because these two really can take over the Calder race totally in just five or six games. I think that if Yakupov can fade just four or five feet more towards the corner when he gets open that J Schultz could hit him with excellent deflection passes using the hard wrister down low to the ice. The one-timer is nice but the angle is not very good where Nail has been setting up at, he needs to drop further out of the goalies focus more to the side, and use the deflections or onetime releases to try to thread the needle or leave a deadly rebound. As a bonus because nail is a |Rookie the deeper we position him and the closer he is to the goal line when he handles the puck the less chance of a loss of possesion going the other direction, when he sets up around the circle he can get caught badly if he mishandles a pass coming to him for the one-timer, this is why it seems like guys arent passing to him, they really arent because they instinctually know the crossice angle is dangerous, so lets drop Nail back deeper and more towards the corner below the circle so he can relax more and focus on his shot and so we can give him defensive support and his teammates a safer crosscrease pass to make that might even turn into a lucky goal once in a while if the d-men try to knock it down. We need to utilise Nail and all of our ultra-skilled men 100%.

Not many teams can claim that they are forced to change systems because they have to much skill and talent for the one they are useing its normally the other way around. The Oilers can legitimately claim this at this point in time. I believe we do not have any time to waste or we are wasting Stanley Cup Rocket Fuel only young men can produce, we need to get serious immediatly and start winning games by adjusting this sytem properly or by finding a new one.

I want to see Nail back with Gagner and have MPS added, then I want to see Sam teach Nail how to produce 8 point nights like I know he can do. I want to see Nail learn to execute the system tightly and defensively first and then learn how to use that stability and consistancy to find and exploit weaknesses in the oppositions systems. Just like Gagner does it and as Magnus has learned to also do it, through hard work and system committment FIRST.

I think that this threesome can reproduce consistant system pressure for 60 mins, and this means they can spend 60 mins hitting the opposition system in the same weakspots over and over and over even if its the same play, and this is how you dominate and produce multiple point nights consistantlty, by working hard consistantly and executing the system accurately so you can deliver offense to the same weak spots repeatedly until the opposition breaks down.

I think Nail is really not that noticable as far as Rookie mistakes go, he makes errors of judgment based on tactics because he is learning but he doesnt make Rookie blunders.

Just put him in the position to produce goals and he will deliver, that is a rare commodity here in Edmonton, finishing ablity, and we are in no historical position to waste one bit of it, shame on us so far, we need to catalyse around Nail and help him be the best he can be, there is a bit of bitterness in our room right now and we need to grow up and help our little brother out, what a bunch of selfish teammates we have been so far, its about time the men all quit feeling sorry for themselves and began digging themselves out of this rut one teammate at a time , and that is the only way to do it, so lets start with helping Nail and J Schultz take what is ours, the Calder Trophy, lets start to show a little dam pride in each other.

Taylor Hall, are you listening? You better start working with Ebbs to get Nuge back where he belongs, so start communicating better and start reproducing consistant system pressure plays on the opposition for him to work with and have faith in him, so you just go back to power forward goal scorer mode and put playmaker on the shelf for the rest of the season, bring it out in the playoffs when we get there, but if you dont talk to Ebbs and start to look after your other little brother Nuge this team will not become a winner, first we take care of our young men and then we become stronger as a team. You two start to defend Nuge with passion and violence and other teams will also respect him more and give him more room, we need to value players like Nail and Nuge and catalyse around them defensively and loyally before the League will respect them and us.

One day soon Nail will score the Cup Winning goal for us, and he will be a sight to behold skating that Cup around the ice. Till then lets help him score goals as fast as he can bury them, lets make a statement to him , to ourselves, and to the NHL that the Oilers are back from the grave and are willing to support each other in a championship manner again, and this will come at the rest of the NHLs expense.

Yak is about to attack, look for it very very soon. I am willing to bet anything he and Schultz are fighting for the Calder neck and neck all alone away from the pack by the end of the year and that Yak will take the scoring title and Schultz the points title. Exactly as I predicted at the beginning of the year.

You must be a mind reader, Bro

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#74 Milli
March 07 2013, 10:39AM
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I can't believe Ebs is the new whipping boy and we are talking about the mistake of Yak! MADNESS! Absolute MADNESS. But hey, I guess the Trade Gags talk has died down a bit!!!

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#75 Jprime
March 07 2013, 11:40AM
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Oh, people are still trying to use +/- as a legitimate stat to determine the potential growth of a player?

As well as trying to go down the path of an 'on pace for' analytical standpoint with +/-?

Malkin had 77pts and still finished in the minuses on a very good 2009 Penguins team.

Juniors? He did fairly well in the KHL, which by all means, is a pro league. The same league everyone used to claim that Cervenka and Tarasenko were more than 'ready' for the NHL. Juniors? We talking about juniors?

Also, Eberle misses one little GWG and Oiler fans get all get mad and want to turn the team upside down? He's struggling, it HAPPENS - so what.

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#76 Ben
March 07 2013, 12:54PM
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Nail is stuck on a line that can't help him. It's an offensive player on a grinder line. He has looked VERY dangerous in the top two. Yet somehow he dosent remain there. Kruger refuses to match a line even when one is dominating. The line change are waaaay to fast. Can't build real momentum changing that fast. Yak needs to stay on line 1 or 2 and it will happen. And by the way, when he was on line 2, it was just Gags and Hemmer passing to each other. Yak was open more Often than not to gain the offensive zone. And what did I see game in and out??? Gags and Hemmer....carry the puck in if pass only between the Two of em.....turnover! I have watched every single game this year and I'm pissed right of with The lack of matchups, brutally short shifts and serious Lack of team play. GET YOUR CRAP IN ONE PILE!! Ben.

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#77 Spydyr
March 07 2013, 01:06PM
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Jimmer wrote:

Will history repeat itself?

Gretzky(C) - Kurri(RW) Messier(C) - Anderson(RW)that shot left

Nuge(C) - Eberle(RW) Hall(C) - Yakupov(RW)that shoots left

Hall should be a centre in my opinion.

Totally unfair comparison..without question.

However, why in God's name would anyone want to ever trade even one of these four studs?

Every one of the "now" Oilers are much, much weaker players than the back in the day Oilers.

Not even mentioning 20 or so Cup difference.

Please give these ludicrous comparisons a rest.

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#78 steelymac
March 07 2013, 01:32PM
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@DSF

DSF are you not getting a little tired of this game of yours?Like when you go to bed or wake up do you think to yourself I am the smartest son of a bitch that has ever graced the pages over at OILERNATION.Daily you have to poke at the open wound wich is our Oiler team and page after page you can see how the most passionate faithfull are sick of the way OUR team is playing.The whole thing makes me want to puke but to see you in here day after god dam day throwing your supreme knowledge is getting a liitle old.Im sure your a hell of a nice guy but why dont you take your wealth of knowledge to another nation say flames or nucks.

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#79 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 07 2013, 01:58PM
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wiseguy wrote:

J Schultz chances of signing here this past summer would've decreased if we had drafted Murray. Would you prefer galchenyuk and Murray minus some draft picks and maybe hemsky vs. keeping hemsky, draft picks, Schultz and Yak?

Still feel the Oilers would've been able to sign Justin. Having the luxury of hindsight now, i think we would've been better off with Galchenyuk,Murray and Schultz. 3 more new kids in the lineup this year wouldn't have made it any worse than it is now. Moving Hall to the middle next yr and bringing in Drouin has mighty fine optics from our current vantage point.

Woulda,shoulda,coulda. I'll enjoy watching Nail in the meantime, hope it works out best for Yakupov and the Oilers.

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#80 kdunbar
March 08 2013, 08:41AM
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@Ryan2

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