June 05 2012 07:04PM
After talking to Nail Yakupov, the Nation Network's Andrey Osadchenko had a chance to sit down with his agent (and Hockey Hall of Famer) Igor Larionov. Larionov represents not only Yakupov, but another player - Alex Galchenyuk - in contention for a top-five spot at this year's NHL Entry Draft.
June 05 2012 04:30PM
With the draft rapidly approaching, managers league wide are huddling with their scouts trying to put together a draft list that will fill their teams up with talent for years to come. They look at each player and try to project what he will become in two, five or ten years’ time.
June 05 2012 12:37PM
Last offseason Ryan Smyth made it known he wanted to be traded from the LA Kings to the team where it all began - our beloved Edmonton Oilers. Daryl "Kay-Z" Katz got personally involved to make his wish a reality, telling Smyth that if he came back to Edmonton he would remain an Oiler for the rest of his career.
June 05 2012 07:26AM
The Oilers’ professional scouting staff monitor and report on players in both the NHL and AHL. Their recommendations carry weight in Edmonton’s front office, and help general manager Steve Tambellini to make decisions on personnel moves, from free agency to the trade market.
They’re also a group we don’t typically spend a lot of time on.
June 04 2012 10:52PM
The old saying is you never get a second chance to make a first impression. If that's true, Nail Yakupov did considerably better in his audition in front of reporters at Rexall Place today than I did with him. Perhaps I'll get a chance to take another swing at it after June 22.