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"@CraigCustance: Igor Larionov says he's got a trip planned to Edmonton to discuss how Nail Yakupov is being used. Pretty unhappy."

"Things could be going better for Nail Yakupov and the Edmonton Oilers.

We'll see how that ends, but it's easy to wonder what, exactly, has Larionov all that upset. Yakupov takes heat for his defensive play, and certainly not all of it is deserved, but the mistakes are there .

Plus, for whatever it's worth, Yakupov starts a higher percentage of his shifts in the offensive zone than any other Oilers forward, per Rob Vollman's usage charts . The first pick in 2012 had 17 goals in last year's shortened season and two so far in 2013-14.

Maybe Larionov isn't thrilled with coach Dallas Eakins' choice of linemates for Yakupov, who scored his second goal of the season last week; he's played more with Ryan Smyth and Mark Arcobello than anyone else over the last three games. He also was essentially benched last Tuesday against the Florida Panthers. Eakins denied it was because of a particularly rough shift, but Tyler Dellow made a solid counterpoint.

Either way, Yakupov remains supremely talented, and Eakins has both experience developing young players and, it seems, the right approach for Yakupov. He wants him to at least attempt being a complete player, and it's tough to argue that. He also denied rumors that the team was shopping Yakupov last week.

"He's not going anywhere and I wanted him to hear that from me and look me in my eyes and let him know that, hey, we're attached at the hip. We're going to make him a better player and it's okay to struggle," Eakins said,

“Guys like Joe Thornton, the kid, here, (Steven) Stamkos. Those guys struggled early in their careers and boy, they turned out to be pretty good players. He's 20-years old and we're not just going to give up on a guy because he's going through a rough stretch."

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RNH's defensive play is equally as bad... yet he still get top-6 minutes. Yak's got the right to be upset over that.

People are just ragging over Nail because he's Russian. Nobody would even bat an eye if it was RNH... nope, they'll just say he's a fiery Canadian.

Edmonton fans would argue RNH's defensive play rivals a younger Toews.
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RNH's defensive play is equally as bad... yet he still get top-6 minutes. Yak's got the right to be upset over that.

People are just ragging over Nail because he's Russian. Nobody would even bat an eye if it was RNH... nope, they'll just say he's a fiery Canadian.

actually at leat RNH tried to defend. The thing about Yapukov is that he's not even trying or wanting to defend.

in a team where most players aren't focus on defensive play already, you can't give top mins to a guy who is the poster boy of "only play hockey when you have the puck."

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Come on deniro.yakupov has played less games than stamkos did in his first season.

Yakupov is at 70 or so.

Stamkos played 82.

Stamkos didn't go in front of the media and publicly announce he will not change his game, nor he want to forecheck or skate every shift. Yakupov is a coach's nightmare and is a cancer on a team where players need to learn about defensive responsibilities.

this combine with his Russian heritage, he will bolt back to the KHL in the near future when every coach in the NHL want him to be defensive reponsible for his team in order to win. He's the prime example of a stat padder. He plays the game because he wants to score, not because he wants to win.

Here, dont take my word for it.

http://www.coppernblue.com/2013/10/14/4836998/nail-yakupov-healthy-scratch-back-to-russia

I’m not happy about it. I just want to play every game. I’m going to play my game. I’m not going to change but maybe play better without the puck, or forecheck more, but I love playing with the puck. I really don’t like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift. I don’t think it’s my game.

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Stamkos didn't go in front of the media and publicly announce he will not change his game, nor he want to forecheck or skate every shift. Yakupov is a coach's nightmare and is a cancer on a team where players need to learn about defensive responsibilities.

this combine with his Russian heritage, he will bolt back to the KHL in the near future when every coach in the NHL want him to be defensive reponsible for his team in order to win. He's the prime example of a stat padder. He plays the game because he wants to score, not because he wants to win.

Here, dont take my word for it.

http://www.coppernblue.com/2013/10/14/4836998/nail-yakupov-healthy-scratch-back-to-russia

With all due respect, that's not Stamkos' game either.

When MacT failed to trade Hemsky after saying that he would in the summer, that meant Yak was gonna be on a line with either Arcobella or whatshisface grinding center while they try to build some sortof value with Hemsky for a deadline deal. And the result hasn't been good.

Hemsky isn't doing much, but at least he's not sulking as badly as Yak. (Probably because Hemsky knows he's leaving, while it's murky with Yak)

I thought it was pretty easy to determine that Yak wouldn't remain an Oiler for long. Could be wrong, but the writing is on the wall. The question is if he'll actually pan out, (somewhere else) or just become another Zherdev, or worse, Filatov.

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