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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.

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Nail Yakupov scored a late goal Thursday to lift the Oilers to a 2-1 win over the Rangers in New York.

Yakupov's season has been the stuff of nightmares, but taken like his doesn't grow on trees. Perhaps scoring a big goal with put a jolt into the second year forward. Ryan Smyth also found the back of the net for Edmonton in the win.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 3 Months

Nail Yakupov is projected to play on Edmonton's top line on Thursday.

Yakupov will play alongside Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the first overall pick line. It's a good opportunity for Yakupov, who has dealt with some major rough patches in his sophomore campaign. He has 21 points and a minus-30 rating in 53 games.

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Nail Yakupov had two assists in Edmonton's 4-2 win over Vancouver Monday night.

Yakupov also had a plus-two rating to move him up to minus-29. That's the worst in the league, but at least he doesn't have the distinction of being the only player in the NHL with a rating south of minus-30. He has 10 goals and 20 points in 50 contests this season.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 3 Months

Nail Yakupov found the back of the net for the first time in almost three weeks.

Yakupov's 10th goal of the campaign gives him 18 points in 49 games this season. He was a rare plus-one on Sunday and that still keeps him at an NHL worse minus-31.

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Nail Yakupov returned to action on Friday January 24.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 3 Months

Nail Yakupov will return to the Oilers' lineup Friday night after missing two games with a concussion.

The struggling 20 year-old is showing no signs of heating up thus far with just one point and a -6 rating in his past six contests.

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Nail Yakupov (concussion) is questionable for Friday's game.

Yakupov needs to complete the concussion protocol. When it comes to concussions, it's traditionally hard to estimate how long they will sideline a player, so while he might return on Friday, it unfortunately wouldn't shock us if he's out for far longer.

Nail Yakupov RW EDM 3 Months

Nail Yakupov is going through the concussion protocol.

Yakupov absorbed a hard hit from Matt Cooke on Thursday. He has 17 points and 28 penalty minutes in 47 games.