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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.

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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.

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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.

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Yakupov (undisclosed) was forced to leave practice early Monday, according to the Oilers web site.

The Oilers are calling his removal from practice "precautionary" and will monitor him Tuesday to see if he is healthy enough to play versus Minnesota.

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Yakupov bagged two goals -- one on the power play -- in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Jets.Yakupov has now run his point streak to five straight as he's having by far his most productive month of the season. Still, the 21-year-old has managed to see a dip in most of his numbers from last season's immensely disappointing campaign, and even with the recent outburst he has just 19 points on the season.

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Yakupov recorded an assist in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Senators, extending his point streak to four games.It's the second-longest streak of Yakupov's career, but that's probably more of an indictment of his slow development than anything. Many were pegging Yakupov for a bounce back in 2014-15 after a disastrous sophomore campaign, but he's somehow seemed to regress even further. He's sitting on a minus-28 rating over 57 games, and even after the modest point surge, he's still scoring at a lower rate (0.29 points per game) than last season (0.38).

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Yakupov potted the game-winning goal on the power-play in Monday's 2-1 win over the Devils.Yakupov finished the game with a minus-1 rating, bringing his total on the season down to an alarming minus-27, tied for third worst in the league. After flashing his potential in his strike-shortened rookie season, the winger has just 14 points through 54 games and has mostly let down owners who have still held on to him this long.

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Yakupov collected an assist in Monday's shootout win over the Sharks.

Yakupov would later have his shootout attempt denied by Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, but it still amounted to a productive night compared to what the youngster has delivered recently. He's accumulated just five points across the last two months, showing limited progress in his quest to return to the form he showed as a rookie.

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Yakupov scored his fifth goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's surprising 5-2 win over the visiting Blackhawks. He also skated to a plus-3 rating.

The lamp-lighter snaps a 14-game goalless drought for the former first-overall pick. With just 11 points and an atrocious minus-17 rating in 42 games this year, Yakupov hasn't provided much fantasy value regardless of league format, as he continues to frustrate those in keeper leagues in particular who cling to him hoping he'll somehow fulfill his potential.

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Yakupov only has two points in the past two months for the Oilers, according to the Edmonton Journal.

On the season Yakupov only has four goals in 41 games. That's incredible for a player who was drafted first overall in 2012. Yakupov has played on the third line for most of the season so he isn't playing with the most talented of teammates but that is still not excuse for his lack of production. The Oilers have been giving him second unit power play time so perhaps his numbers will pick up but one has to wonder if a change of scenery would be best for everyone involved.