Nail Yakupov RW EDM 3 months ago

Yakupov is dealing with a hip injury and will not compete for Russia during the World Championships in May, Jack Michaels of Oilers Radio Network reports.

After meeting with the Oilers' training staff for an end-of-the-season checkup, Yakupov was diagnosed with bilateral hip injuries that will require him to take some time off the ice to rehab. The team doesn't seem too concerned about the injuries limiting Yakupov's availability for the start of the 2015-16 season, as he was signed to a two-year, $5 million contract extension two days earlier.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 3 months ago

The Oilers have signed Yakupov to a two-year contract extension, with a reported average annual value of $2.5 million, the Edmonton Sun reports.

The 21-year-old -- who was the first pick overall in the 2012 NHL Draft -- is coming off a season in which he recorded a career-high 33 points (including 14 goals) in 81 games. While his extension won't necessarily keep him with the Oilers for the long haul, Yakupov will at least have a couple more seasons in which to continue to develop with the team's young core, which also currently includes the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 3 months ago

Yakupov netted an unassisted goal in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Sharks.

Yakupov took advantage of a Justin Braun turnover to find twine for his 13th tally. The winger took a minus-1 rating for the night to drop him to an ugly minus-35 for the season, but his inspired play since the beginning of February has offered something of a silver lining. While more was expected from the former No. 1 overall draft pick at this stage of his career, Yakupov showed signs of putting together with 20 points over his last 30 contests. He could be a breakout candidate in 2015-16, when he'll be just 22 years old.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 3 months ago

Yakupov registered an assist in Wednesday's win over the Avalanche.

Yakupov is back on the fantasy radar with four points in the past five games, but one cannot ignore that he's at minus-33 for the second consecutive season. The Oilers have the third youngest team in the NHL with an average player age of 26.293, and Yakupov is five years younger than that, so he has plenty of room to mature on both ends of the ice.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 months ago

Yakupov collected a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets.

The former first overall pick has been on fire lately, posting six points in his last five games, and finally showing flashes of fulfilling his potential. He's got just 12 goals, 16 assists, and a minus-33 rating in 70 games on the year, and will need to be more consistent to become a real option in most fantasy leagues.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 months ago

Yakupov registered an assist and put four shots on goal in Thursday's loss to the Penguins.

After returning from a groin injury late in February, Yakupov has been able to maintain the improved play he had shown prior to sustaining the ailment. He's notched a goal, two assists, and 20 shot attempts in his six games since returning, and has 11 points over his last 14 contests. The plus/minus rating is still ugly and isn't likely to improve this season, but Yakupov's uptick in offensive proficiency might make him an interesting pickup off the waiver wire.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 months ago

Yakupov (groin) will return to the Edmonton lineup Saturday against St. Louis, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Yakupov missed Tuesday's game against Minnesota with the groin ailment, but appeared to shake off the injury quickly. He returned to full practice Thursday without any issues, so he'll be cleared to slot back in on Edmonton's second line, where he'll join Teddy Purcell and Derek Roy. Yakupov was playing his best hockey of the season prior to the succumbing to the minor injury, producing four goals and five assists over his last eight games. Hopefully, the short absence won't do much to disrupt his rhythm.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 months ago

Yakupov (groin) returned to practice Thursday, according to the Oilers web site.

The Oilers don't play again until Saturday but a return to practice should be a good sign that Yakupov will play. Yakupov has overall been a disappointment this season but has been hot of late with four goals and eight points in his last eight games.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 months ago

Yakupov (groin) won't play Tuesday against the Wild.

Yakupov, who evidently suffered a groin injury Saturday against the Ducks, is considered day-to-day, with his absence from Tuesday's contest viewed as a precautionary measure.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 months ago

Yakupov (undisclosed) is unlikely to play Tuesday versus the Wild, according to the Oilers web site.

Yakupov is said to have "tweaked" something in the game versus Anaheim but no word yet on to what exactly is bothering him or how long he may be out for.