THE YAKUPOV SELECTION

Lowetide
January 13 2014 01:53PM

 

The Edmonton Oilers selection of Nail Yakupov No. 1 overall in the 2012 NHL Entry draft remains a story 18 months later. For one reason or another, the Yak City pick hasn't settled in like the Hall and Nuge drafts. The story got a little publicity this morning, and one wonders if we'll be dealing with it for years. 

OCTOBER 2013—CONFIRMED

Bob McKenzie confirmed a well known Edmonton rumor in October, tweeting out that the "majority of Edmonton scouts wanted Murray, and the decision to take Yakupov came from a higher authority. 

The story came up this morning when I was on the air at TSN 1260, and I wanted to mention it today. The push from media came courtesy Eric Duhatschek

  • Lots of people in Edmonton believe that owner Darryl Katz had some significant input into the decision to draft Nail Yakupov first overall in 2012 rather than opt for the safer choice, defenceman Ryan Murray, who would have filled a greater organizational need. With every passing day, that decision looks more and more suspect. Murray was limited to 23 games with the Everett Silvertips last year because of major knee surgery, but even as an NHL rookie, has looked good on the Columbus defence, playing a lot with James Wisniewski and providing the defensive presence on that pair. What if Murray turns out to be Alex Pietrangelo good – and they left him on the table to draft another offensive player, of which they had plenty already? How do you assess blame there? Or maybe they already have, since the GM that called Yakupov’s name, Steve Tambellini, is no longer running the show.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

I find the conversation surprising. Although there's no doubt Nail Yakupov has struggled this season, Mr. Duhatschek's story is the first time "blame" has been mentioned. Presumptive? Certainly, but it's out there now, and should Nail Yakupov not deliver on promise, the scouting staff would appear to be free and clear. 

I'd still bet on Yakupov. All day. 

In a period where Oilers owner Daryl Katz is taking some heat for his team's won-loss record, perhaps fans need to be reminded that (reportedly) his draft day decisions are very likely to deliver. It remains very risky to take defensemen at #1 overall, and 45 NHL games don't change that at all. 

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#1 Micbilly99
January 13 2014, 02:08PM
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Stop blaming everyone for picking the kid, start teaching the talented kid how to play in the NHL. It's called COACHING, and it's high time someone starts doing it.

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#2 Tikkanese
January 13 2014, 02:02PM
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Sure Murray would have addressed an organizational need better but I'm confident that Yakupov will be by far the best of that draft class in years to come. Drafting defense and goalies for that matter 1st overall rarely works out.

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#3 BC BOY
January 13 2014, 02:05PM
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But I could see Nurse being better then Murray so I'm still happy with the Yakupov selection

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#4 Zarny
January 13 2014, 02:11PM
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I would have been fine with the Oilers drafting either Yakupov, Galchenyuk or Murray.

It's not like Murray would be making a world of difference for the Oilers this year. He's not even as good as Petry yet.

And Yakupov can always be traded for a D that is as good as Murray only 5 years further developed.

Players are simply assets which is why you typically take the best player available.

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#5 D
January 13 2014, 02:05PM
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I was and continue to be ecstatic that the Oilers drafted Yakupov.

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#6 HOFFFF
January 13 2014, 02:10PM
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.....and what if Murray's knee failed again or in the future. Why is this even being discussed? Hindsight Heroes. Yak will be great.

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#7 Wintoon
January 13 2014, 02:43PM
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I cannot believe the amount of backbiting hysteria that is creeping onto these sites. Are we really second guessing draft picks less than 1 season into an NHL career. Get a grip people.

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#8 Slanto
January 13 2014, 02:12PM
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Two words...... YAK CITY

That is all.

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#9 sizzay
January 13 2014, 02:46PM
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Yakupov was #1 on all lists. He had great offensive numbers and a game breaking shot.

I don't know why people think Murray was the safe pick. Defensemen are hard to predict and there is historical evidence showing that.

Galchenyuk would've been a risky pick as well. He played 3 games in his draft year. 3 games. We knew Yakupov could score without Galchenyuk, we didn't have evidence of Gally scoring without Yakupov until AFTER the draft.

Yakupov put up excellent offensive numbers in his 2 years in the OHL. The only issue is his use and adjustment to the pro game. He shows flashes of brilliance, I'd be worried if there were no flashes.

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#10 Oilbaron
January 13 2014, 02:12PM
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Murray would have looked great as an Oiler, but I suspect when all is said and done Yakupov will look even better

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#11 Mac962
January 13 2014, 05:45PM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

IS EVERYONE KIDDING ME HERE???

YAKUPOV IS THE NEXT OVECHKIN/KOVALCHUK!!!!

HE IS YOUNG AND EAKINS DOESNT HAVE A FREAKIN CLUE HOW TO USE THIS GUY BECAUSE HEA NEVER COACHED ANYONE AS TALENTED AS YAKUPOV!!

IF YAK GOT TAYLOR HALL ICE TIME--- MAN WATCH OUT THIS DUDE WOULD BE TOP 5 IN THE NHL SCORING RACE!!

ITS A SHAME THE OILERS DONT USE HIM PROPERLY!

IF HE GETS TRADED - I WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER OILER GAME AGAIN, NOR WILL YOU SEE ME ON THIS MSG BOARD AGAIN BECAUSE HE WILL WIN THE ART ROSS AT LEAST 2WICE BEFORE THE AGE OF 30!!

Dont let the door hit you in the Labia on the way out.

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#12 Taylor Gang
January 13 2014, 02:37PM
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Zarny wrote:

The Oilers likely won't get a chance to draft Ekblad I'm afraid.

Ekblad is going 1st or 2nd overall. The Oilers will leapfrog the Flames and possibly a couple of other teams over the rest of the season so it's more likely they pick 3-7th unless they win the lottery.

I wouldn't hold your breath on Edmonton leap frogging teams...

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#13 etownman
January 13 2014, 05:05PM
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Yak all the way baby! That one timer from a 20 yr old is a natural scorer! They don't come along often & when 6'5" Yakimov signs & makes the Oilers it'll be Yak from Yak.....& don't look back!

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#14 Eulers
January 13 2014, 04:30PM
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"I'd still bet on Yakupov. All day."

THIS. All day long! Kudos to Katz for smacking some sense into his management team. Maybe be the best thing he did.

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#15 T__Bone88
January 13 2014, 02:10PM
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Deciding that the Oilers should taken Murray based upon how Yakupov and the team is playing today is very short sighted. Sure Murray has looked good this year but a lot of rookies played good in their rookie year only to slump the next year and play average the years after. There is a lot of should of/could of, but the Oilers took the best player as of draft day and within a few years Yakupov will become an elite player. I am sure that the Oilers will draft Ekblad this draft who will become the franchise defenseman they need.

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#16 Brian
January 13 2014, 08:01PM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

IS EVERYONE KIDDING ME HERE???

YAKUPOV IS THE NEXT OVECHKIN/KOVALCHUK!!!!

HE IS YOUNG AND EAKINS DOESNT HAVE A FREAKIN CLUE HOW TO USE THIS GUY BECAUSE HEA NEVER COACHED ANYONE AS TALENTED AS YAKUPOV!!

IF YAK GOT TAYLOR HALL ICE TIME--- MAN WATCH OUT THIS DUDE WOULD BE TOP 5 IN THE NHL SCORING RACE!!

ITS A SHAME THE OILERS DONT USE HIM PROPERLY!

IF HE GETS TRADED - I WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER OILER GAME AGAIN, NOR WILL YOU SEE ME ON THIS MSG BOARD AGAIN BECAUSE HE WILL WIN THE ART ROSS AT LEAST 2WICE BEFORE THE AGE OF 30!!

Promise you will disappear?

Oh my gosh, no more Josh.

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#17 bazmagoo
January 13 2014, 02:40PM
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Yak will prove everyone wrong!

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#18 Zarny
January 13 2014, 06:40PM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

MAYBE DALLAS EAKINS IS A RACIST??

YAK IS A DARK HAIRED - DARK EYED RUSSIAN MUSLIM!

TAYLOR, PERRON, NUGE ETC BLONDE HAIRED BLUE EYED GOOD OLE CANADIAN KIDS GET THE ICE TIME...

DARE SOMEBODY SAY IT--- THERE YOU GO... EVERONE THINKING IT!!! NOW ITS BEEN SAID.

EVANDER KANE AND WAYNE SIMMONDS BETTER WATCH OUT THEY DONT GET TRADED TO EDM.. THEY MAY BE HEALTHY SCRATCHES EVERY SECOND GAME OR ONLY PLAY 4 MINUTES A GAME LIKE YAKUPOV.

Nuge has dark hair, Yak isn't Muslim and Muslim isn't a race.

Just when you think it can't be done someone like you comes along and sets the stupid bar just a little bit higher.

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#19 JDP
January 13 2014, 02:02PM
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If you believe that "BOB" knows everything.

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#20 Zarny
January 13 2014, 07:42PM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

LOOK HERE ZARNEY - IF THATS EVEN YOUR REAL NAME!!

IVE MET NUGE. I KNOW YAK - CHECK YOUR FACTS!!

AND YOU MAY NOT KNOW ANY BETTER!! PLEASE KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOUR SELF BECAUSE YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY VERY MIS INFORMED.

Well how about that...Yak's a muslim. Didn't know.

Doesn't change the fact a religion isn't a race.

If Yak being a muslim did factor into Eakin's decision he'd be a bigot not a racist.

As for Nuge...google his pic dumass.

Oh and the caps lock is to the left.

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#21 Everyday I'm Byfuglien
January 13 2014, 03:03PM
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I'd take Yakupov every single time. The fact that he's already opened the door to Russian players like Yakimov and Slepyshev is valuable in itself.

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#22 Impartial Oilers Fan
January 13 2014, 03:01PM
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@Lowetide

I don't understand why fans and bloggers like Lowetide or mc79hockey defend Yakupov and go out of their way to pump his tires.

I find it troubling when even the Russian Olympic team didn't take Yakupov, yet they took apparently inferior KHL players (I guess based on experience), but they also took Valeri Nichushkin (18 years old, so there goes the experience theory). Plus, they can't have any anti Russian bias like great YakCity fan clubs says is the only thing critics have against him.

So if the Russian team and Eakins are seeing the same deficiencies in his game, why is it that fans and bloggers don't give any credence to the theory that maybe, just maybe, he's not as good as hoped? I believe that's a fair question and look forward to the responses that are logical, not just the ones that scream YakCity and say he can shoot a puck real hard.

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#23 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 13 2014, 02:41PM
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I don`t think the point here is actually Murray v Yakupov. It is more of Who is making the important decisions on this club.

Did the Oilers need D Help? Yes

Did they need another medium to smallish forward who can score ? No

Is Yak gonna be better or worse than Murray? Time will tell but there is no mistaking that Yak has some serious skills. Just needs to be developed.

The question here is did katz make the pick? His team, so he can do what he wants obviously. However, letting a non hockey owner make hockey decisions is a bad way to run a club. ( I can see 6rings thinking its a good idea though)

Owners rarely make good decisions on personel. See the Cowboys or the Raiders (Al was actually a great GM until he got old and the game evolved). Redskins are horrendous. Yankees were pretty bad until Steinbrenner stopped putting his hand in all the player decisions. Anyone recall Ballard? He made the Leafs and Ticats bad so he scored a double.

I believe Murray would have been a better fit for the needs but I recognize Yaks talent and it is way to early to say what the better call is. Just get someone with Hockey intelligence to make the call is what the fans would like to see.

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#24 Zarny
January 13 2014, 05:28PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

To the guys who think the Oilers will leap frog other teams - can I buy some of what you are smoking?

Yes the Oilers have more raw talent than many of the teams above them, but they are saddled with an ineffective coach who isn't capable at the NHL level. MacT made some good moves this off season, but the coaching change wasn't one of them. I disliked Krueger, but he deserved a full season behind the bench.

$220/ounce.

Krueger did absolutely nothing in response to a 10 game losing streak last year and coached the team to 26th in a shortened season where they were falling at the end.

The first 20 games certainly mean the Oilers won't leapfrog many teams.

However, from games 21-43 the Oilers were 9-11-3 with 21 pts. Only 26th over that span but also within 2 pts of a playoff spot. The Oil were better than Cgy, Buf, NYI and Min over that stretch and within 2 pts of Dallas, Ottawa, Winnipeg, NJ, Phoenix, Toronto and Nashville.

Eakins wasn't the problem with the Oilers. Starting the season with both the 1C and 2C on IR was the problem. A 4th line with no NHL experience was the problem. Half the D with no NHL experience was the problem. Dubnyk letting in beachballs from the blueline was the problem. All the kids you are relying on averaging 120 games experience was the problem.

The first 20 games has caused a lot of fans to completely lose touch with reality.

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#25 Brian
January 13 2014, 08:14PM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

MAYBE DALLAS EAKINS IS A RACIST??

YAK IS A DARK HAIRED - DARK EYED RUSSIAN MUSLIM!

TAYLOR, PERRON, NUGE ETC BLONDE HAIRED BLUE EYED GOOD OLE CANADIAN KIDS GET THE ICE TIME...

DARE SOMEBODY SAY IT--- THERE YOU GO... EVERONE THINKING IT!!! NOW ITS BEEN SAID.

EVANDER KANE AND WAYNE SIMMONDS BETTER WATCH OUT THEY DONT GET TRADED TO EDM.. THEY MAY BE HEALTHY SCRATCHES EVERY SECOND GAME OR ONLY PLAY 4 MINUTES A GAME LIKE YAKUPOV.

Josh , I just saw this post of yours. You need to lie down in a dark room, don't touch anything sharp, and in the morning call for help. You are ill buddy and there is help out there . Find it.

RNH will be very surprised to learn he is a blond.

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#26 Zarny
January 13 2014, 02:14PM
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T__Bone88 wrote:

Deciding that the Oilers should taken Murray based upon how Yakupov and the team is playing today is very short sighted. Sure Murray has looked good this year but a lot of rookies played good in their rookie year only to slump the next year and play average the years after. There is a lot of should of/could of, but the Oilers took the best player as of draft day and within a few years Yakupov will become an elite player. I am sure that the Oilers will draft Ekblad this draft who will become the franchise defenseman they need.

The Oilers likely won't get a chance to draft Ekblad I'm afraid.

Ekblad is going 1st or 2nd overall. The Oilers will leapfrog the Flames and possibly a couple of other teams over the rest of the season so it's more likely they pick 3-7th unless they win the lottery.

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#27 justDOit
January 13 2014, 06:54PM
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@Zarny

Um, yes - Nail is Muslim.

As for the post you replied to... yikes!

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#28 Oilers Coffey
January 13 2014, 10:58PM
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I am sick n tired of hearing this story on the selection of Yakupov. The Oilers picked the most dynamic player available in the draft! Yakupov is going to develop and be one HELL of an NHL player. End of story!!!

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#29 G-Unit
January 13 2014, 02:16PM
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JDP wrote:

If you believe that "BOB" knows everything.

Many media types cover up their conjecture by using unnamed sources. I find it highly unlikely that anyone within in a professional organization would tip their hands to the media, pointing a finger at their boss. I don't necessarily doubt the opinion of Bob, but I think he "knows" the validity no more than most people. If it came from the other Bob in town I would never doubt the sources. He keeps telling us how plugged in he is, so it must be so.

With 8 hours of Oiler talk on the radio everyday they need content for the airwaves. Whether it is fan discontent with (insert player name here) or trade rumors. Their call-in shows are full of clowns with stupid trade ideas and they paint us all with that brush.

How many players have you and I run out of town? zero. We get blamed with running (insert names here) out of town, but I have never had the pull to chase Comrie, Brewer, Arnott, etc from Edmonton.

If I had that kind of sway old Rubber Boots would have had a can tied to his ass after bungling the Pronger trade so badly.

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#30 Walter Sobchak
January 13 2014, 03:12PM
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Yakupov, I tend to think it gives MSM something to write about, and for the most part people become short sighted and fail to see the bigger picture, we’ve seen this before with players like Spezza, Bobby Ryan and even to some extent Duchene.

Its clear Yakupov had trouble adjusting to Eakins style & Eakins handling of Yakupov at times has been questionable but give the kid a couple years before we really judge a 20 year old kid.

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#31 rickithebear
January 13 2014, 03:58PM
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Last 10 years: 19-20 year old Goals per game rates. 1. Ovechkin .64

5. Hall .39

6. Skinner .31

7. P. Kane .28; Radulov .28; t. Ruuto .28; Yakupov .28

12. Benn .27

14. Eberle .26; Landeskog .26

16. Kessel .21

18. Perron.20

Yeah yakupov needs to learn a more linear game. and back checking can be taught. Goal scoring not so much!

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#32 bazmagoo
January 13 2014, 04:33PM
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To the guys who think the Oilers will leap frog other teams - can I buy some of what you are smoking?

Yes the Oilers have more raw talent than many of the teams above them, but they are saddled with an ineffective coach who isn't capable at the NHL level. MacT made some good moves this off season, but the coaching change wasn't one of them. I disliked Krueger, but he deserved a full season behind the bench.

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#33 Zarny
January 13 2014, 06:10PM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

IS EVERYONE KIDDING ME HERE???

YAKUPOV IS THE NEXT OVECHKIN/KOVALCHUK!!!!

HE IS YOUNG AND EAKINS DOESNT HAVE A FREAKIN CLUE HOW TO USE THIS GUY BECAUSE HEA NEVER COACHED ANYONE AS TALENTED AS YAKUPOV!!

IF YAK GOT TAYLOR HALL ICE TIME--- MAN WATCH OUT THIS DUDE WOULD BE TOP 5 IN THE NHL SCORING RACE!!

ITS A SHAME THE OILERS DONT USE HIM PROPERLY!

IF HE GETS TRADED - I WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER OILER GAME AGAIN, NOR WILL YOU SEE ME ON THIS MSG BOARD AGAIN BECAUSE HE WILL WIN THE ART ROSS AT LEAST 2WICE BEFORE THE AGE OF 30!!

Try reality sometime...you'll like it.

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#34 Primo
January 13 2014, 07:52PM
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It's a sad day when the Oiler fans are forced to discard an entire 82 game season year in and year out but only look forward to one day and one day only...draft day!

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#35 Josh Oiler
January 13 2014, 05:42PM
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IS EVERYONE KIDDING ME HERE???

YAKUPOV IS THE NEXT OVECHKIN/KOVALCHUK!!!!

HE IS YOUNG AND EAKINS DOESNT HAVE A FREAKIN CLUE HOW TO USE THIS GUY BECAUSE HEA NEVER COACHED ANYONE AS TALENTED AS YAKUPOV!!

IF YAK GOT TAYLOR HALL ICE TIME--- MAN WATCH OUT THIS DUDE WOULD BE TOP 5 IN THE NHL SCORING RACE!!

ITS A SHAME THE OILERS DONT USE HIM PROPERLY!

IF HE GETS TRADED - I WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER OILER GAME AGAIN, NOR WILL YOU SEE ME ON THIS MSG BOARD AGAIN BECAUSE HE WILL WIN THE ART ROSS AT LEAST 2WICE BEFORE THE AGE OF 30!!

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#36 Quinn the Eskimo
January 13 2014, 06:39PM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

IS EVERYONE KIDDING ME HERE???

YAKUPOV IS THE NEXT OVECHKIN/KOVALCHUK!!!!

HE IS YOUNG AND EAKINS DOESNT HAVE A FREAKIN CLUE HOW TO USE THIS GUY BECAUSE HEA NEVER COACHED ANYONE AS TALENTED AS YAKUPOV!!

IF YAK GOT TAYLOR HALL ICE TIME--- MAN WATCH OUT THIS DUDE WOULD BE TOP 5 IN THE NHL SCORING RACE!!

ITS A SHAME THE OILERS DONT USE HIM PROPERLY!

IF HE GETS TRADED - I WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER OILER GAME AGAIN, NOR WILL YOU SEE ME ON THIS MSG BOARD AGAIN BECAUSE HE WILL WIN THE ART ROSS AT LEAST 2WICE BEFORE THE AGE OF 30!!

YOUR VOICE IS GONNA GIVE OUT IF YOU KEEP SHOUTING LIKE THIS, JOSH. !!!!! !!!!!

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#37 justDOit
January 13 2014, 06:55PM
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@Josh Oiler

At least Z isn't yelling. Can you take it down a bit?

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#38 David S
January 13 2014, 07:23PM
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Ahhh the old capslock post. Classic.

Man. I so fondly remember the early days of the internet when people thought typing all caps meant anybody reading your post HAD to take it seriously.

Nowadays it just means your a freakin' idio...well, you know.

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#39 Ricky's Jalapeno Chips
January 13 2014, 02:05PM
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I supported picking Yakupov at the time, but can't help but wonder how trading down and taking Griffin Reinhart would have have worked out.

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#40 Ryan2
January 13 2014, 03:45PM
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The only player the Oilers should have strongly looked at taking ahead of Yak that year is Galchenyuk. If he had not been injured and missed a good chunk of that season they likely would have. I would have taken him instead as you can never have enough top two centermen.

Murray is like going to be a #3 d-man in the end that is good at a lot of things but not great. While every team needs players like that, drafting a #3 d-man first overall is a whiff. In the end Murray will likely not be the best d-man in his class either (in fact, Lindholm is oupacing him now).

Yak or Galchenyuk were the only two players to consider at #1 overall that year.

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#41 Kr55
January 13 2014, 04:46PM
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I always laugh at those EA rankings. Like Yak doesn't know how to shoot a puck coming into the NHL and it'll take him 3 years of NHL development before their is any power or accuracy behind his slap shot :)

In any case, Yak was and still is the right choice. At the very least he gives us depth at RW and Ebs can be used in a package to get an established D-man. It's up to the inept management of the Oilers to make the right moves with what they have. Good luck with that eh?

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#42 Oiler Al
January 13 2014, 02:35PM
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Someone on the coaching staff needs to teach this kid how to play positional hockey. He is totally lost out there, particularly without the puck. Even with the puck he is terrible, in that he isnt using other players on the ice, and trys to be a one man show. Maybe watching Hall to much.

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#43 book¡e
January 13 2014, 02:37PM
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That quote about "the majority of scouts" is not as informative as some people make it out to be.

Who cares what the rank and file want. Those guys just can't accept that they advise the head scout, who advises the GM, who gets to make the decision unless the President or Owner have a strong opinion.

Some regional scout thought that it was a democracy and ended up spouting the pick to a reporter and was shocked when his superiors disagreed.

Its good info, but its simply a look into how organizations function.

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#44 sizzay
January 13 2014, 03:14PM
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Impartial Oilers Fan wrote:

@Lowetide

I don't understand why fans and bloggers like Lowetide or mc79hockey defend Yakupov and go out of their way to pump his tires.

I find it troubling when even the Russian Olympic team didn't take Yakupov, yet they took apparently inferior KHL players (I guess based on experience), but they also took Valeri Nichushkin (18 years old, so there goes the experience theory). Plus, they can't have any anti Russian bias like great YakCity fan clubs says is the only thing critics have against him.

So if the Russian team and Eakins are seeing the same deficiencies in his game, why is it that fans and bloggers don't give any credence to the theory that maybe, just maybe, he's not as good as hoped? I believe that's a fair question and look forward to the responses that are logical, not just the ones that scream YakCity and say he can shoot a puck real hard.

While you make good points, I also want to point out that it isn't fair to pile on the kid for all of his defensive deficiencies.

When you have TSN pointing out every single one of his mistakes and none of his good attributes I think it is fair for our bloggers to defend the kid.

Example: Ray Ferraro couldn't even compliment Yakupov on a nice assist that led directly to a goal. He goes "He should've passed it sooner". This wasn't last TSN game, but earlier in the year. If he let the puck go sooner, no goal would've happen.

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#45 Frankie
January 13 2014, 02:26PM
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Murray DID NOT have a knee injury he had shoulder surgery, just like Taylor Hall and RNH. And he WILL be the better player.

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#46 oilcountryforlife
January 13 2014, 03:07PM
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@Micbilly99

Agreed...not going to happen however with subpar assistant coaches like Acton, Buchberger, and Smith...three products of Lowe idiocy.

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#47 -30-
January 13 2014, 03:19PM
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Listening to Ed Olczyk who has an outsiders impartial perspective, he couldn't sing enough praises for Yakupov.

Give the guy a chance. Not many players get their groove right away.

Too many posters on here jump on and off the bandwagon the same way they change their underwear.

Loved one game and hated the next.

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#48 steveb12344
January 13 2014, 08:02PM
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pkam wrote:

Cam Barker was 3rd overall in 2004, not 1st overall.

Erik Johnson, 1st overall in 2006 will be a better example. You have to shake your head if you look at the 4 picks after him. 2nd Jordan Staal, 3rd Jonathan Toews, 4th Nicklas Backstrom, 5th Phil Kessel. I'll take anyone of those 4 over Erik Johnson.

Not all high draft defenseman will not work out. Drew Doughty and Alex Pietrangelo (2nd and 4th in 2008) work out pretty good. But none of Weber, Chara, and Keith, arguably the top 3 defensemen now, are even 1st round picks.

What's interesting about this, is look at the teams with the top 5 picks on 06...

StL, Pit, Chi, Wash, Bos.

My how times have changed.

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#49 He Who Knows
January 13 2014, 02:25PM
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I like Yak and believe that his ceiling is quite high, but I would have liked to see the Oilers trade that pick down to #3 with Montreal. The Oilers would have gotten a player and Galchenyuk, who would have been the perfect fit. The Oilers probably thought the injury that Alex sustained in junior was too big of a risk. I guess the jury will be out on this for awhile. #Lowemustgo

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#50 Taylor Gang
January 13 2014, 02:41PM
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As much as I love Yak, you can't help but wonder why the scouts liked Murray more.

I mean, between Hall and Seguin, Hall is clearly the superior player.

Nugent-Hopkins doesn't really have anyone in his draft class that is on his level.

They were bang on with these choices, so I wonder why Yakupov wasn't the popular choice amongst the scouts

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