"General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed right-winger Nail Yakupov to a three-year entry level contract." Oh, thank goodness. It was starting to look dicey . . .

It wasn’t, actually, but it’s late July and after weeks of wondering WHY the Oilers HADN’T signed Yakupov to an entry level contract as quickly as they got Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to sign on the dotted line the past couple of summers, the deal is done, just as Jim Matheson suggested it would be in The Journal.

Here’s the news release from the Oilers:

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed right-winger Nail Yakupov to a three-year entry level contract.

Steve Tambellini says, "We’re very happy to sign Nail to a three-year contract. He’s an extremely talented and passionate young man who we feel will be an integral part of our team for many years to come."

Yakupov, who was selected 1st overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, played in 42 games last season for the Sarnia Sting collecting 69 points (31G, 38A).

In 2010-11, the 5’11", 190-pound right-winger recorded 101 points (49G, 52A) in 65 games with Sarnia. That year he was named the OHL Rookie of the Month three times as well as the OHL Rookie of the Year and BMO Rookie of the Year in the CHL.

Yakupov, who hails from Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan, was part of Team Russia in the 2011 World Junior U18 Championship. He collected 13 points (6G, 7A) and scored a hat trick in the bronze-medal game, including an empty-net goal with four seconds left, helping defeat Team Canada 6-4.

Yakupov was also part of the 2012 World Junior Championship with Team Russia that lost 1-0 to Sweden in the gold medal game, acquiring a silver medal. In seven games he had a team-high nine assists and was +5.

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  • O.C.

    “damn these glasses Navin!”

    “I bet more people see my name on your a$s than in the phone book”

    “these cans are defective”

    “I’ve got a special purpose!”

    “I should be able to send more money next week…”

    (classic stuff)

    We are still on ST time it seems. Maybe someday it’ll make sense, but is it really necessary to add drama on everything?

    And to whoever said Krueger has a different spin/take, good point. Maybe the right answer is to see how a new coach utilizes the assets to their potential before they get traded away. Maybe the trade Gagner or Hemsky talk should rest a bit.

  • Reg Dunlop

    Who you got in mind?

    By pushing veterans out how? Do we just move Rexall and don’t tell Horcoff where? Or turn out the lights and change the locks when Khabbi staggers in late? You seem to have a lot of rookies starting next year. Musil,Marincin and Martindale? Mercy me! Apart from the alliteration, which I can respect, you may want to re-think this.

  • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

    Martindale is a darkhorse obviously , but he’s a big center and worked well with Yakupov the day i seen him . With the skill we have up front they’ll make most anyone look good . Another darkhorse i’m interested in seeing is Joey Lallegaia – small offensively gifted defenceman . I mention just two darkhorses that you might want to bear watching even though odds seem stacked against them at this stage .

    The rookies coming out the last 5 years are making the leap to NHL with resounding success – ourselves included . They are literally ahead of their bodies . Their overall skills are above even their still physical unfilled bodies . Almost like their progression in the junior ranks . Not having to wait for bodies to fully develop anymore as they make team while still growing , etc.. Honestly their are a conglomerate of these types of youngsters playing pertinent roles in NHL already . Thats my take for what it’s worth .

  • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

    Martindale isn’t a darkhorse, he’s a no horse.

    The rookies making the leap with resounding success are almost all high picks, not random 2nd or 3rd rounders.

  • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

    Great he’s signed now just hope those to sides come to an agreement so we get to see what these guys can do. Off topic anyone know a crackmaster and detail master shop need some stuff done heard there cheep:)