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Yakupov netted a power-play goal in Sunday's win over San Jose.

A big goal for Yakupov, who had gone 10 straight games without recording a point. With only four goals and eight points in 27 games, the 21-year-old is once again on track for another disappointing season. Unless things change in Edmonton, Yakupov has been too inconsistent to be trusted in fantasy leagues right now.

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Yakupov (wrist) is set to play Thursday against the Senators.

Yakupov took a slice to the wrist at the tail end of Tuesday's game against the Predators, but it wasn't anything that warranted much concern. While the former No. 1 pick isn't exactly lighting it up for Edmonton, his seven points and minus-4 rating over 16 games represent a drastic improvement from the woeful numbers he provided during his sophomore season.

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Yakupov suffered a cut on his wrist at the end of the game versus Nashville on Tuesday, according to the Oilers web site.

Although Yakupov needed a couple of stitches to close the wound, the injury is not serious and should not keep him out of the lineup.

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Yakupov could move up to the top line for Edmonton, according to the Edmonton Journal.

With Taylor Hall out for 2-4 weeks someone will need to take his spot on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Yakupov was that person Saturday versus Vancouver and could be once again Tuesday in Philadelphia.

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The Oilers are encouraging Yakupov to shoot the puck more often, according to the Oilers web site.

In the 10 games Yakupov has played so far this season he only has 16 shots. The Oilers want him to start to think about shooting first and passing second. Yakupov has a good and accurate shot, something Edmonton wants to see Yakupov use about a half dozen times per game.

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Yakupov scored a goal in Saturday's shootout loss to the Canucks.

Yakupov gave the Oilers a two-goal lead with his marker early in the second period, giving him two points through the team's first two games. However, he skated only 16 shifts on the evening, finishing with 9:50 of ice time. While the lack of minutes could be something to monitor, it's encouraging to see the gifted Russian off to a respectable start this season, after he contributed a disappointing 24 points and a horrid minus-33 rating over 63 games in 2013-14.

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Yakupov will open up training camp on the third line, according to the Edmonton Journal.

Yakupov played mainly on the right wing last season but will be moved to the left side this season playing on a line with Mark Arcobello and Teddy Purcell. This is obviously not good for fantasy owners but this is also not written in stone. A productive camp could see Yakupov bumped back up to the second line.

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Yakupov will wear number 10 this coming season instead of 64, the number he broke into the league with, reports the Edmonton Sun.

Shawn Horcoff wore number 10 last season, but said Yakupov could take it this season. Yakupov is looking to change things up this season and shake off a horrible sophomore season (24 points in 63 games and a minus-33 rating). He grew up wearing 10 and hey -- it's not like hockey players are superstitious or anything. His game will improve this season, but it won't be because of the number.

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Nail Yakupov will switch from No. 64 to 10 in 2014-15.

Yakupov has traditionally worn No. 10 in honor of Pavel Bure, but he couldn't use the number when the Oilers' drafted him because Shawn Horcoff had it. When Horcoff was traded to the Dallas Stars, he gave Yakupov his blessing to take his number, but Yakupov wanted to allow some time to pass before taking him up on that offer. "I said, 'Horc, no offense, but the fans are going to miss you and they know you played with No. 10 for a long time, so I'll wait a little bit and then I'll take it,'" Yakupov said.

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Nail Yakupov has returned from Russia to spend some time training in Edmonton before the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Yakupov's sophomore season went so poorly that it led some to question if the 2012 first overall pick would be able to last in the NHL. "I'm going to be doing some different things this year," Yakupov said. "I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come." He's still just 20 years old and it's way too early to give up on him. It wouldn't be shocking if he takes a significant step forward in 2014-15.