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.
June 04 2012 02:51PM
Nail Yakupov arrived in town last night and since leaving EIA he's had a hectic schedule meeting with Oilers management, touring the dressing room, getting checked over by doctors and meeting Daryl Katz.
Yakupov is a legit 5'11". I stood beside him in this media scrum, and he's one of the few players under six feet who is actually as tall as he's listed in media guides. He is much thicker than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was last year, but both of them possessed the same willingness to be the first overall pick.
Both are serious and respectful about going first overall, but Yakupov did reveal he has a sense of humour.
June 04 2012 01:23PM
Talking about the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney has made it very clear that he’s interested in potentially making a deal. Are the Coyotes a good match for the Oilers on the trade front?
June 04 2012 10:46AM
You may or you may not have read my story on Nail Yakupov in The Hockey News. Well, the thing is, they only gave me 1300 words to work with. So I was left with an immense amount of quotes I didn’t use in the article. I piled them all together so you’d get an idea just what kind of a person this Nail Yakupov is. I will let you decide whether the Oilers should pick him or not.
June 04 2012 07:19AM
The Edmonton Oilers future is fast, furious and spectacular. At this point it's not a matter of "if" they'll contend for a spot near the top of the conference, but "when" they'll put it together. The gathering of jacks and kings has given Edmonton a tremendous amount of skill. Do they have enough high end talent? Do they have enough room for another elite winger?