Yakupov dished out a pair of helpers in Saturday's loss to the Canucks. Yakupov scored twice in his final three games, finishing the season with eight goals and 21 points in 59 games. While he was a big fantasy disappointment this season, the 22-year-old is still very young and has potentially played his last game in an Oilers uniform. A change of scenery would greatly benefit the former 17-goal-scorer.
Yakupov has requested a trade out of Edmonton, Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal reports. Apparently this request happened before the trade deadline. Whether or not the Oilers trade Yakupov likely depends on what they can get in return. It seems like almost a foregone conclusion that the Oilers will trade one of their forwards during the off-season but Yakupov may not bring back the top three defenseman they so desperately need.
Yakupov ended a six-game point drought with two power-play assists Wednesday in a win over the visiting Blues. He worked well on a power-play unit with Patrick Maroon and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (the latter scored both the goals Yakupov assisted on; the former had the primary assist on both), proving that the young Russian's fantasy value isn't wholly reliant on playing alongside Connor McDavid. Still, there's no arguing with how poor his production has been on the whole this year, as the 2012 No. 1 overall pick doesn't live up to his pedigree most nights.
Yakupov got the scoring started Thursday in a 4-1 win over the Flyers, scoring his sixth of the year to go with five shots and four hits. The tally broke up a six-game skid without a point, and it's quite noteworthy to see that it came on feeds from his studly mates on the top line, Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle. With Benoit Pouliot (shoulder) out, Yakupov's finally back in position to deliver some fantasy value.
Yakupov has been moved to the top line with Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. Yakupov only has one point (goal) in his last 15 games so it's not like he was deserving of this promotion. Still, coach Todd McLellan still decided to give him the first chance at replacing Benoit Pouliot who is out with a shoulder injury. Yakupov has performed well when playing with McDavid earlier this season so he is a forward you may want to look at should you be looking to roll the dice.
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||68||11||16||27||-27||3||0||1||0||1||50.5|