Nail Yakupov RW EDM 2 Months

Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins insisted again this week that there isn't a rift between him and 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.

"My relationship with Nail is a great one," Eakins told The Fan 590 on Monday. "That's why I kind of chuckle with the way it gets drawn out in the media. You take a kid out of the lineup and suddenly there's a big fight going on. Well, there's no fight. Nail understood what was going on." Yakupov was a health scratch during his sophomore campaign, mostly due to his defensive struggles. His production also slipped to 11 goals and 24 points after he recorded 17 goals and 31 points during the lockout-shortened season. Eakins said, "I'm very hopeful and fairly confident that he's gonna have a great rebound year."

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 Months

Even though he is likely healthy enough, the Edmonton Oilers will not let Nail Yakupov play this week.

Since the season will end on the weekend for the Oilers, the very disappointing season is over for the first overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Yakupov has just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games as his season has been cut short by an ankle injury. "I'm going to work hard and do my best and see what happens. I can't say anything special, like 'You gotta wait to see this.' And 'I'm going to do this.', Yakupov said when asked about next season. "That's not for me and I'm not talking that way. I'm going to work hard. And that's it." Expect more from Yakupov next season as he had 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games as a rookie.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 Months

Nail Yakupov (ankle) is probably done for the season.

That would bring the end to his disappointing sophomore campaign. The 2012 first overall pick had just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games last season. He's worth gambling on as a late round pick in standard league drafts next season.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 Months

Nail Yakupov (ankle) missed Monday's practice.

Yakupov has been out for three straight games. It would be a bit surprising if he ended up returning for Tuesday's contest.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 Months

Nail Yakupov (ankle) is unlikely to return on Thursday.

Yakupov missed Tuesday's game due to the ailment. Plenty of players endure sophomore slumps, but even by those standards, Yakupov's campaign has been a disaster. He has just 24 points and a minus-33 rating in 63 games.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 4 Months

Nail Yakupov was held out of Tuesday's game due to a sore ankle.

Yakupov attempted to take part in the team's pre-game warmups, but was ultimately scratched due to the injury. He was previously sidelined on March 1 with the same injury.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 5 Months

Nail Yakupov (ankle) is projected to be available for Tuesday's game against Ottawa.

He didn't play on Saturday after suffering an ankle injury in Thursday's loss to Minnesota. Yakupov has 11 goals and 12 assists in 56 matches this campaign.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 5 Months

Nail Yakupov didn't suffer any structural damage when his foot/ankle was struck by a Justin Schultz shot on Thursday night.

However, he won't play Saturday night against Calgary. Consider Yakupov day-to-day for the time being.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 5 Months

Nail Yakupov left Thursday's contest after he was struck in the ankle by teammate Justin Schultz's slap shot.

The severity of Yakupov's injury hasn't been revealed yet. This has been a rough season for him and he's spent time in the press box as a result. His fantasy value has been negligible this season, but we wouldn't give up on him in keeper leagues. He still has a lot of untapped potential and his offensive numbers should increase substantially over the next couple of seasons.

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Nail Yakupov was moved to the top line ahead of Thursday's game and so far the experiment has been a success.

As previously mentioned, Yakupov netted the game-winning goal against the New York Rangers, but he was great throughout the contest. "Yak was finding spots all night to shoot, that's what we told him before the game, just try and get open," said linemate Taylor Hall. "He's got such a great shot that when he does get open, he's got to let it go and one was bound to go in." Look for Yakupov to stick with Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Friday.