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Yakupov will be a healthy scratch again Monday

Oct 14, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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Nail Yakupov wasn’t happy to find out that the Edmonton Oilers wouldn’t use him in Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, so imagine how he feels now.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins has decided to scratch the promising 20-year-old forward again for Monday’s contest against the Washington Capitals. The Oilers suffered a 6-5 overtime loss without him on Saturday.

Yakupov didn’t record a point in his first four games this season, but Eakins’ primary concern is the 2012 first overall pick’s tendency to try and do too much by himself.

“You have to use your linemates, so it was more of a reset button for him,” Eakins said. “He can come in fresh with a new perspective.”

It’s still just October and Yakupov, as talented as he is, still has a lot of growing to do. It’s not unheard of for even first overall picks to spend some time on the sidelines as the team works on their development.

It’s just a matter of time before he’ll be allowed to re-enter the lineup.


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  1. esracerx46 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    So wait….their is rumors of him leaving to go to Russia?

  2. Whooten Anit - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Edmonton has a ton of young forwards and needs more defense. Trade Yakupov to the Devils for Larsson, Salvador, and Volchenkov.

    • nj666 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      How about Zajac salvador and volchenkov?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Devils would never do that, yakupov is overrated

    • pxland - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Don’t you think the Devils might have a slight fear of Russian prima donnas?

  3. mendenhallfumblemachine - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    2 salary dumps and a worse young player, yeah that’ll get it done.

  4. sjtorpitt - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Lol good one.

  5. davemac32001 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Jake Gardiner and James Reimer for Yakupov and a 3rd round pick gets it done. Great deal for the Oilers and Yak gets a restart…

    • hosewater2 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Reimer is still an unproven longterm option and there is no way Edmonton would accept so little in return for Yakupov.

      • imleftcoast - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        How about the Hamhuis and Luongo show?

      • davemac32001 - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Yeah, you’re right. They’re much better off with what they have… lol

    • bigoldorcafromvan - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Why does Riemer come up all the time for a team that is trying to get a better goaltender. Riemer would be downgrading the Oil goaltending.

      • davemac32001 - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:12 PM


  6. bills4 - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I’ll guarantee if they trade him, he’ll end up with more points than any Oiler!!

  7. donniesd - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    after reading the comments, this is insane. I nor any other fan, analyst or otherwise knows NY’s potential in the NHL…I was not a big fan of the pick, but what can you do as a fan,,, Nothing. I am not a big fan of Russian born players, I am the first to say what a gamble it can be… not going to go into all the red flags that I believe exist… but the trade of this player does not seem logical… just saying…

  8. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Better young players than Yakupov have been healthy scratches before. It happens pretty often and is not that big of a deal. Let’s see if Yak gets the message or not.

  9. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    It’s too bad the Oilers and Canucks are such big rivals. Yakupov for Schneider would have been a great deal for both teams. Oilers would have the goalie they need and the Sedins would finally have a 1st line RW to play with.

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