Do the Oilers continue to develop Yakupov or consider trading former No. 1 pick?

What should the Edmonton Oilers do with Nail Yakupov?

Do they work with him and take several steps back, consider him just a project like any other draft pick — not the first name called — and hope he finds some hockey sense to go with his hockey skill? You need both.

Or do they seriously investigate trading a 20-year-old with 111 games on his NHL resume?

Do they cut bait after taking the winger first overall in 2012 with high-end defencemen available (most notably Ryan Murray) and see what they can get for Yakupov at this June’s draft?

Creative general manager Craig MacTavish, who will be getting a draft pick in the top five, might want two, which would mean hounding Buffalo Sabres counterpart Tim Murray to see if he would want Yakupov. The Oilers would have a possible daily double — Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad and Prince Albert Raiders’ six-foot-two, 209-pound centre Leon Draisaitl.

Buffalo has the best lottery odds for first pick overall, but could also be getting the New York Islanders’ choice as part of the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade months back.

The Sabres are open for business for the Islanders’ pick if they fork it over this June. In 2015, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, both centres, will be the top two picks and every team will want first-rounders in a much deeper pool.

37 Responses to Do the Oilers continue to develop Yakupov or consider trading former No. 1 pick?

  1. doorman says:

    This is an odd situation as if they Trade him now his value is much lower then it was and could turn out to be a bad trade in the future. If they keep him and his play improves well so does his value, but do you trade him then? I think the answer in this lies with a group brainstorm in terms of coaches, pro scouts and mgmt. as to his future in Edm.

  2. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Yakupov for E.Kane…. MacTavish gets the power forward that he mistakenly thinks will take his team to another level and their rebuild continues for another five years.

    • doorman says:

      If I am, the Jets I want the Oilers to add for sure. Kane has already scored 30 and would have scored 30 last year most likely. While he hasn’t been healthy this year is on pace for 25 in a full season. Not sure what the Jets might also want, but Yakopov might look good with Scheifele.

    • mojo19 says:

      That’s not bad. I agree with Doorman, maybe the Oil also flip with the Jets in draft position this year. move from 7-8 up to 2-3 and swap Kane for Yakupov. That’s pretty fair.

  3. Gambo says:

    I’d like to see a race between John Scott, Douglas Murray, Rob Ford and Cody Franson.

  4. leafy says:

    Leafs have a lot of work to do if they’re serious about a playoff run this spring.

      • doorman says:

        Now, I didn’t see the whole game but Reimer looked better then “ok” as Carlyle sais in his post game interview. In turn which he had to know a reporter was going to run and tell Reimer what he said. You could see James was clearly offended and taken back. Randy should have long figured out by now this isn’t Ana. and shit like this is paparazzi material in T.O. Nonis in my opinion is gonna have a hard time getting Reimer, who has played good soldier all year to resign. I see him quietly requesting a trade.

        • leafy says:

          Now you know I’m not a Carlyle fan, but I’m 100% with Carlyle on this one.

          People can’t tell me that Reimer is the same goalie as last year. Not even close.

          • doorman says:

            Oh, I am not saying he is, playing time may or may not have to do with it. His confidence is clearly not the same either. I am just saying you have a guy who is extremely well liked by his teammates, fans and media and you show him poor support all year. This is a case of poor choice of words at a poor time, IMO. Carlyle dropped the ball with this statement.

            • leafy says:

              It’s not a diaper cleaning service. it’s a professional hockey team. Carlyle was simply telling it as it is. And if Reimer is that sensitive, then a career outside professional sports might be in order.

  5. leafmeister says:

    lol Reimer….

  6. Gambo says:

    Hopefully Ranger will make a full recovery and it’s not too serious. He has been looking real solid lately, I’ve actually liked him in the lineup.

    Jake Gardiner is showing how good he can be. Definitely shouldn’t move him. Both Gards and Rielly are looking incredible as of late.

    Doubt we’ll see much more of Reimer as a leaf. I’ll always remember his big rookie run and how he stood on his head in the playoffs against the Bruins. Hopefully he gets a chance and finds his game again somewhere else.

  7. doorman says:

    Here, is hoping Ranger is ok for sure. He as well as Rielly and Gardiner have looked much improved lately. I am not advocating a trade but still say no player is untouchable in the right deal.

    Reimer is all but gone, he is not playing great that’s for sure. I still am not a fan of how Carlyle has handled situations at certain times. But, I am not sure unless there is consistent improvement he makes it past next year either.

    • LN91 says:

      Reimer’s play has gone further then Carlye…The guy has been sour ever since the Leafs traded for Bernier.

      It’s actually been annoying this season…Doubt he has been good for this team.

      In all fairness, Toronto is somehow in the playoff hunt with only one-line and a great goalie. Quite amazing.

  8. leafs_wallace93 says:

    I call Nonis using Riemer with a pick to move up in draft.

  9. Gambo says:

    So about my prediction that Lupul would be hot after the Olympic break…

  10. doorman says:

    Two HUGE games this weekend, a couple wins here is almost a must. If they fail this weekend to stay where they are, this could spiral out of control, IMO

    • leafmeister says:

      I really hope Bernier is ready for tomorrow night. 1 good game out of Reimer has been too much to ask recently, two in a row seems pretty unlikely.

  11. leafy says:

    Guys, forget about the playoffs unless Bernier comes back.

    It’s very simple. The goalie has got to stop the puck. Period. No excuses. Without a goalie, you cannot win.

    The Leafs are fucked right now without a goalie.

    • leafmeister says:

      They played 3 reasonably good periods tonight too. Hard to win with Reimer in net.

      For a guy that seems so humble he has an inflated view of his play. He is as much a starting goalie as Bozak is a bona fide first line centre.

      Would have been better off dealing him at the deadline. MacIntyle could barely be worse, and Reimer is wrecking his trade value.

      What a heart breaking way to blow an other wise solid season. Fuck Reimer.

  12. leafmeister says:

    Starting goalie my ass. Barely NHL calibre period right now.

    Oh well, playoffs would have been nice, but nothing we are not accustomed to. Thanks James.

    • leafy says:

      Yes he’s single-handedly killing this team’s chances of making the playoffs. Right now, he wouldn’t fetch anything of value on the trade market.

      It’s a shame because the Leafs are not a bad looking team and the East is wide open.

      • leafmeister says:

        I’d be surprised if they make it at this point.

        Nonis is a genius for realizing Reimer is a flash in the pan.

        I really don’t think I’ve ever hated such a likeable guy.

  13. leafmeister says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I always kept the possibility of an all out collapse in the back of my mind. Still shitty though.

  14. lafleur10 says:

    i hate to say this to the leafs fans on here but i think your going to miss the playoffs…’s too bad to because i really wanted a habs-leafs matchup for the 1st time since 1978 omly leafy and i would remember that lol it would be an epic batlle if we met the habs would win that series if we met this year ,we are a deeper team,a balanced 4 line team have a better defence and carey price the leafs have one really good super line but 1 line teams don’t win,plus they have a very suspect defence…i think the leafs need bernier back and they still can make it barely but they can if he gets back they’ll finish in the wild card spot and play the bruins! …..ouch wouldn’t like their chances against boston and it wouldn’t go 7 either i think the bruins would either sweep them or win in 5
    don’t give up on riemer hes still a very good goalie but his confidence is shot he’ll play his way out of it

    • leafmeister says:

      Goaltending has to be at least 50% mental. The farmboy doesn’t have it in the head, or in the glove.

      Yeah the playoffs are a no go. Fuck Reimer.

      • lafleur10 says:

        i think riemer is a giod gioalie he’ll bounce back his play right now is suffering but he’ll be ok….but you definately need bernier this week,because after new jersey today you have the blues, and philly and they way riemer is playing now those are gaurantted loses

    • Gambo says:

      Hate it say it lafleur, but Toronto completely outplayed montreal for most of the game so i’d be a bit worried come playoffs too.

      • lafleur10 says:

        GAMBO the difference is though we get the saves and the goaltending when needed we don’t rely solely on price like the leafs do with bernier …we were out played for 2 periods the 2nd and 3rd but weout played you in the 1st period and scored 2 quick goals

  15. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Ooooo, Montreal beat us with our back up in net who has been playing like ass. Montreal is such a force…. stfu they’ll get exposed like Ottawa exposed them last post season. Montreal is the easy match up in the East hands down.

    Five out of six losses? Leafs are due for a winning streak just like it’s been all f’ing year, relax people.

  16. leafs_wallace93 says:

    NYR have an easy schedule so assuming they get in that leaves…

    Detroit has Boston, Pittsburgh, St.Louis, Minni, Montreal, Columbus (someone gets buried here), Tampa and Toronto, Buffalo twice for some gimmes and Carolina. Can’t see their depleted roster not going seriously sub 500 in that stretch.

    Columbus has Colorado, Philly, Chicago, Phoenix, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Carolina, Detroit, with a couple gimmes against NYI and one against, Florida. That’s a tough stretch, Columbus is pesky but don’t see them have a great finish.

    Washington LA, Boston, Dallas, St.Louis, Chicago Tampa with gimmes against NJ, NYI, Carolina and Nashville. I’d expect them to be maybe a game over .500

    Leafs have St.Louis, Boston, Tampa, Philly, Detroit (winnable game), with Calgary, NJ, Florida, Ottawa, Winnipeg as gimmes. I like that line better than the others.

    Leafs have to be better than two of Detroit, Columbus and Detroit. I’d say Leafs are favored to make it it along with Washington.

    • leafmeister says:

      If Bernier comes back and is good, they could pull it off. I don’t really see it though. Especially if they lose tonight.

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        I don’t see the Leafs devolving into the leagues worst team with is what they’d have to become given they’ve already lost five of six.

        This is just typical Leaf Nation panic after a couple of loses.

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