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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.

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Yakupov saw his ice time cut in Edmonton's loss to Dallas on Sunday, according to the Edmonton Journal.

Yakupov has been an enigma since day one with Edmonton. He has the talent to be a top line player but has yet to put it all together. He has no points in his last seven games and only one in his last 18. He is yet another Edmonton player that may need a change of scenery.

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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.