TSN’s Dreger rips Nail Yakupov, says it’s unlikely he will be with Edmonton Oilers next season

This came in during Thursday night’s broadcast, information from TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger about the uncertain fate of Nail Yakupov on the Edmonton Oilers.

“I would say it’s unlikely that he’s an Edmonton Oiler next season. So it makes sense that they’ll try and move him. They were trying to move him at various points this season. Word is out that Nail Yakupov is available. The problem is, no one really wants him. Certainly not for the value that the Edmonton Oilers are going to need to get back in return. And you can see why. He had opportunities in this game early on. He scored one goal in his last 11 games. He was on the ice late in the game when the Blues scored to tie the hockey game. He’s an NHL worst -30. He lacks commitment. He thinks that skill is enough to be an NHL player. And the unfortunate reality for Nail Yakupov is that, yes, he’s a skilled player, but not an elite level skill player. And until he finds a way to absorb the message, the market on Nail Yakupov isn’t going to be great. They might have to package him with a collection of assets to get something better in return.”


28 Responses to TSN’s Dreger rips Nail Yakupov, says it’s unlikely he will be with Edmonton Oilers next season

  1. doorman says:

    The worst part for the Oilers fans is that he could’ve been part of a package to bring in a legit dman. Now he will be a throw in that if he ever figures it out will be bitter for Oilers fans to swallow.

  2. leafs_wallace93 says:

    We all laughed when Burke said he would have taken Morgan Reilly 1st overall given the opportunity, it’s looking more and more that Burke was a genius for saying it.

    • leafmeister says:

      I am loving that pick right now. Rielly has got 60 point puck mover written all over him. His skating is just unbelievable, and really meshes well with this teams identity. Far too early to say whether or not he is the crown jewel of the draft, but he definitely could be.

      I gotta wonder who is faster, Rielly or Kessel? I’d suspect Rielly, although it would be close.

      • Gambo says:

        Rielly is also really good at one on ones defensively, also has a really hard wrist shot. I really like him, when he gets more comfortable he’ll be really good. Maybe our Duncan Keith.

        I also like having him on the left side of the powerplay with Phaneuf on the right side loading up the one timer, or backhand lol, i think that was his first backhand goal as a leaf. Anyways, huge win. I’m really liking Ranger lately, really showing he belongs.

        • leafs_wallace93 says:

          Phaneuf is growing on me down the stretch, really impressed with him taking the initiative to reinvent his defensive game, though his offensive was lagging it looks like it’s creeping back in.

          Ranger also has keeping looking like a decent depth guy. Not necessarily meeting our needs on the blueline but capable.

          It’s a wonder when you exercise patience and let a player develop, maybe we extend the courtesy to Kadri?

      • doorman says:

        I think Kessel is faster, but Rielly is by far a smoother more effortless skater.

        • leafmeister says:

          Yeah I have heard Kessel’s conditioning leaves something to be desired. He usually looks pretty winded after a shift.

          You gotta wonder what kind of damage he could do if he became a conditioning freak.

          • doorman says:

            Ya he does, doesn’t he. It could be scary if he ever decides to oh say train with Gary Roberts.

          • leafs_wallace93 says:

            It’s because Kessel sprints when everyone else jogs, that’s how you should look after pushing yourself to the limit regardless of your conditioning.

            • leafmeister says:

              Yeah who knows, but I do like to think Kessel has another level to hit.

              If nothing else, he should have one season of unsustainably high shooting percentages when he could take a run at the Art Ross.

              What with all the chances he generates, if he had a lucky streak and a few more started going in, he could easily hit 50+ goals one year. Think about all those games where Kessel has 1, or no goals, but 3 or 4 unbelievable chances.

            • doorman says:

              Yes you should be gassed at the end of a shift. However, I think it is fair to say his rep is not based on being fitness oriented. I think he could be even better if he was in better shape.

      • lafleur10 says:

        galcheyuk is the crown jewel of that draft he’ was the best player from that class ,however rielly is a good one

        • leafmeister says:

          He is on the short list for sure, but my whole point was that it is too early to say. We have yet to see a full-season out of any of these guys.

          The one thing I will say is that it is unlikely that Yakupov ends up the best player.

          • leafs_wallace93 says:

            He’s a center with six more points this season than Rielly in his sophmore year. I’ll take Rielly who has top ten at his position potential over Galchenyuk who will be an above average center but not dominate.

            • lafleur10 says:

              and he missed 15 games with a broken hand so he’d have evern more points than what he has now ….rielly is going to be good but it’s premature to say he’s top 10 he might get there but he isn’t yet,galchenyuk will be a dominate 1st line center

  3. leafy says:

    Saturday night and no Leaf game? The lackies that made the schedule should be canned.

  4. LN91 says:

    I still say Galchenyuk was the best talent in that draft, that’s why I wanted Burke to draft up and get him.

    Morgan is probably 2…And guys like Murray, Trouba and Hampus Lindholm have been impriessive.

    • lafleur10 says:

      i totally agree ln91 i know on here you and the other leafs fans on here wanted galchenyuk badly …i called it on here when i said the habs would get him and would take him! lol i said a week before the draft that we’d get him…. do you remember that? actually a friend of mine who’s a scout here out west for the habs told me we’d be taking galchenyuk

  5. leafy says:

    The Leafs defense on paper is actually quite good. The problem always has been performance, but now we’re starting to see them get their game together.

  6. leafs_wallace93 says:

    So the Leafs are 9 overall in the league and TSN ranks them at 17, moving up from 20 the week before. Ok….

  7. leafmeister says:

    Stupid Sens.

    • lafleur10 says:

      that was an awesome game lol great come back by the habs they are the 1st team in league history to score 4 goals in the final 3 minutes to win a game

  8. leafy says:

    Nice goal by Boobie (or whatever his name is). Gives the Leafs some life in what was a comatose first period.

  9. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Dear TSN,

    Toronto just lost in REGULATION to Washington, rank us 30th in the league and Damian Cox, Kessel, that’s right cancer boy Phillip didn’t even get a hat trick or a goal, let’s package him with Bernier (injured? What a drama queen, get a tender with character already) and a 1st for Monahan. I mean Monahan plays center and has 20+ (that’s right +, not a typo) potential.

    Nonis could seriously rebuild this team into a 15th overall team if, if… he’s proactive. Draft day will be huuuuge.

  10. leafs_wallace93 says:

    This team won’t survive January, because corsi and other smart stuff.

  11. leafy says:

    The good news is it appears that Reimer baby is back.

    The bad news is you never know which Leaf team is gonna show up in any given game. Very frustrating game to watch.

    • kessel_leafs81 says:

      i wouldnt look too much into that game, washington just seems to alway have our number for some reason. How fast is chimera tho? I would love to get him for a depth player. Very useful depth player for sure.

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