What’s the deal with Nail?

Andrey Osadchenko
September 20 2012 10:01PM

Remember a few days ago Nail Yakupov was reported to make his KHL debut this Wednesday? Well, it never happened. The IIHF isn’t willing to give a nod to the former Sarnia Sting forward to play for his hometown team. Neftekhimik’s GM, Rafik Yakubov, is understandably infuriated with the fact and openly blames OHL club for interfering with the deal.

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September 20 2012 05:15PM

Nail Yakupov is the best NHL prospect on the planet. Corey Pronman has gained a lot of notice over the last 24 months for his insight into NHL prospects and his latest list has Edmonton's #1 overall pick right at the top. And that's not all!

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Lennart Petrell signs in Europe; Ladislav Smid rumoured to be on his way too

Jonathan Willis
September 20 2012 02:53PM

The exodus to Europe is well underway, and a pair of Edmonton Oilers joined the discussion today. Lennart Petrell has signed with Helsinki, his old team in the top Finnish league, while Ladislav Smid is rumoured to be en route to the Czech Republic.

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10 Points: Mandel, Jones, Burke's hilarity and Ovechkin

Jonathan Willis
September 19 2012 04:36PM

1. David Ling. There’s been lots of actual news the last few days, but as I wrote this I found my mind was on David Ling, currently a member of the Nottingham Panthers of the U.K.’s Elite Ice Hockey League. Why?

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IIHF denies delays in transferring Nail Yakupov, slams “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated” reports

Jonathan Willis
September 19 2012 11:10AM

Photo: Resolute/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

Like most of the readers here at OilersNation, I read Dmitry Chesnokov’s piece on Puck Daddy yesterday with interest. After quoting Rafik Yakubov, the director with Nail Yakupov’s KHL club (Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik) as saying “The IIHF is not allowing Yakupov to play,” Chesnokov went on to speculate that the IIHF might be waiting for official NHL permission before issuing transfer cards.

According to IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg, that speculation is “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated.”

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