WWYDW: Nail Yakupov

Jonathan Willis
October 22 2014 11:47AM

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Nail Yakupov’s place in both the NHL and as a member of the Edmonton Oilers is one that’s been given a lot of scrutiny since even before he was drafted. Some talking heads like to rip the Oilers for selecting Yakupov rather than a defenceman at the 2012 Draft, and generally add that trading him for help elsewhere is a thoroughly logical move. Others don’t understand why taking the consensus No. 1 pick was so controversial and are leery of moving out a forward with his incredible offensive potential.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday we look ahead and ask what should be done with Yakupov’s future.

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Significant trade interest in Edmonton Oilers winger Nail Yakupov?

Jonathan Willis
October 22 2014 07:00AM

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Nail Yakupov’s name has been a fixture in the rumour mill for a long time now, possibly for longer than his NHL career, even; in the months before the Oilers selected him consensus wisdom held that Edmonton would love to have traded the first overall pick in a move down to add a defenceman. The latest entry in this long-running story comes from TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, a reporter based out of Montreal who is a pretty decent source for this sort of thing.

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It’s time to end Leon Draisaitl’s NHL experience

Jonathan Willis
October 21 2014 01:15PM

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Leon Draisaitl is a superb prospect. Big, smart and skilled, it’s easy to see why Edmonton keyed in on him at the 2014 Draft.

It’s equally clear that right now that he's really struggling in the NHL.

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Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse and the Return to Junior (Updated)

Jonathan Willis
October 17 2014 10:00AM

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It doesn’t take long for a junior-age player’s nine-game audition to come to an end. Leon Draisaitl is a touch short of halfway there, having played four of those contests. Darnell Nurse has sat out two, so he’s only played a pair, but there’s a bit of a logjam in terms of space on the back end and nobody wants to see him sitting in the press box.

In short, it’s soon enough to start wondering whether the duo will stay in the NHL for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

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What now for the Edmonton Oilers?

Jonathan Willis
October 16 2014 11:20AM

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The Edmonton Oilers are 0-3-1 through their first four games. It’s an ugly time for a franchise that absolutely could not afford another slow start. Where does the team go from here?

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