What Kind of Player Will Nail Yakupov Become?

Jonathan Willis
April 19 2014 06:00AM

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Few questions matter more to the current edition of the Edmonton Oilers than the one regarding Nail Yakupov’s future. Coming off a terrible year, is he a draft bust in the making or is he a player with extraordinary potential who just had things go sideways?

What does history suggest?

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ARMCHAIR GM XVI: BLOWING SMOKE

Robin Brownlee
April 18 2014 06:30PM

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Having known Craig MacTavish as a player, coach and manager in the NHL these past 25 years, many of them spent travelling around the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers until 2007, I have a lot of respect for him.

Of MacTavish's many virtues, gamesmanship – on and off the ice – sits high on my list of his attributes. It was no surprise, then, to hear him spin The World According to MacT the other day when he met with local media, specifically as it pertained to head coach Dallas Eakins and how he'll handle his coaching staff. Will Eakins retain Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger? Will he add another coach?

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OilersNation at the Summit Collectibles Show

baggedmilk
April 18 2014 04:30PM

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If you've got nothing going on this weekend, I'd urge you to head down to Millenium Place in Sherwood Park and check out the Summit Collectibles Show. I was helping the Street Team get set up this morning, and it looks like there's going to be a lot of cool stuff to check out. And did I mention that we're going to be there?

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IT'S SPRINGTIME IN OKLAHOMA

Lowetide
April 18 2014 02:51PM

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Darnell Nurse and the Oklahoma City Barons take on Iowa tonight, and it's a big game. The Barons are very close to securing a playoff spot—it could come tonight.

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MAKE THE CALL

Lowetide
April 17 2014 09:23PM


Being an Oiler fan means never being completely happy. For many Edmonton fans, the draft has turned from Reinhart versus Ekblad at the top of the draft to Draisaitl versus Bennett at number three. Is there a reason to worry and fret? OF COURSE there is!

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