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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).