2014-15 Goals Projection: Nail Yakupov

Jonathan Willis
July 25 2014 01:16PM

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Nail Yakupov is the most interesting player on the Edmonton Oilers roster because he is still something of a mystery. He has high-end skill – his first overall selection in the 2012 Draft was no accident – and led all rookies in scoring in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. On the other hand, things went very, very, badly last season.

What should we expect from him in the goal-scoring department in 2014-15?

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 25 2014 08:05AM

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Trading a young star, stats for days, behind the Kesler trade talks, Draisaitl versus Bennett and more, all in this weeks roundup

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES FOR TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS (D)

Lowetide
July 24 2014 08:03PM

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Brad Hunt found a home with the Oklahoma City Barons in 2013-14, and this season he may do a little better than that with the Oilers organization. A team that ran through 14 defensemen a year ago will probably use close to a baker's dozen this time. Who is most likely to see NHL time?

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CAPTAIN VIDEO AND FANCY STATS

Robin Brownlee
July 24 2014 02:24PM

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Having more information to draw on when you're building or coaching a NHL team is never a bad thing, be it in the form of grainy VHS videotape or advanced stats and analytics.

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THE END OF THE STAY-AT-HOMES

Lowetide
July 24 2014 09:22AM

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That's Boston's Don Awrey up against Walter Tkaczuk, 40 years ago. Awrey was a stay-at-home defenseman, and every team had two or three. Shot blockers, penalty killers, tough-as-nails and absolutely filthy compared to the game today. Stay-at-home defensemen aren't stellar puck movers and passers, and the game's progress away from defense and toward controlled retrieval and the outlet pass have made this group less important by the year. Comparing this summer's first round to the 2004 draft—just ten years ago—puts things into perspective.

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