March 28th, 2016 In Editor's Choice, Edmonton Oilers 0 comments

When news of Nail Yakupov's trade request broke, it came as a surprise, though it wasn't really all that surprising. The former first overall pick wasn't able to build on a successful rookie season, for a myriad of reasons, and the writing appeared to be on the wall. After some early season chemistry with Connor McDavid, it seemed obvious to make...

March 28th, 2016 In Edmonton Oilers, Top Stories 0 comments

It wasn’t supposed to go like this. After having the good fortune of winning the 2012 NHL Draft Lottery, the Edmonton Oilers used their third consecutive No. 1 pick to select Sarina Sting forward Nail Yakupov. With fellow first overall selections Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins already in the mix, adding the talented Russian to the equation...

March 28th, 2016 In Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild 0 comments

In an interview with the Russian publication Sport-Express, Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov admits that he requested a trade this season through his agent Igor Larionov. "As far as I know trade has come very close," Yakupov told Sport-Express (in a Puck Daddy translation). "I've been out of a suitcase. Me and my agent Igor Larionov were...

March 26th, 2016 In Edmonton Oilers, Hockey History 0 comments

There is a lot that can be said about the last six years in Edmonton for fans of the Oilers. The big thing is that this whole rebuild has gone completely off the rails with Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan coming in with a fresh outlook trying to get this back on track. There aren't very many players that are safe, including former first overall...

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