October 22 2014 11:47AM
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.
October 22 2014 07:00AM
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.
October 21 2014 01:15PM
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.
October 21 2014 11:17AM
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
October 21 2014 09:06AM
There was a time when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—despite his enormous skill—would look awkward or unable. He certainly could not push the river ala Taylor Hall, and many nights looked overwhelmed. Our 'baby Nuge' is all grown up folks, and he's real and spectacular.