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Oilers sign Yakupov to three-year contract

Jul 23, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

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In predictable news, the Edmonton Oilers have signed first overall draft pick Nail Yakupov to a three-year, entry-level contract.

“We’re very happy to sign Nail to a three-year contract,” Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said in a release. “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, 18, is expected to compete for a roster spot in 2012-13, though the talented winger isn’t taking anything for granted.

“I want to prove with work and the way I play that I deserve to be on the team,” he said recently. “I want to get as much ice-time as I can. I want my team to win. I want to get a lot of points. I want to feel comfortable on the team. I don’t want to be in the limbo. I want to be a part of the team. I don’t want to be an up-and-down guy. And I want to be the best (laughs).”

  1. rainyday56 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Hey Nail, don’t forget to skate real fast and get a good choke hold on your stick like every other hot prospect not named Gretzky, Kurri, Anderson, Messier or Coffey who has come through there. Ryan Smyth can show you how ….

    • sheckyrimshot - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      YOU FORGOT ESA TIKKANEN

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