Yakupov will miss 2-4 weeks with an ankle sprain. His leg bent backwards when he was pulled down to the ice earlier this week, so it could be a fairly serious sprain. Teddy Purcell and Jordan Eberle will handle the bulk of the action on the right wing for now.
Yakupov has been ruled out of the rest of Wednesday's game against the Hurricanes with an undisclosed injury. Yakupov suffered the injury when a referee accidentally pulled him down to the ice, causing the 22-year-old winger to bend his leg backwards awkwardly. The severity and exact nature of the ailment remains unclear, but the Oilers should provide an update on Yakupov's status following Wednesday's tilt.
Yakupov is making a case that he should remain a top six forward, reports the Edmonton Sun. Yakupov may have been the Oilers best player at the end of last season and his improved play has continued over the first couple of weeks this season. Yes, he is playing with talented rookie Connor McDavid but new coach Todd McClellan believes that Yakupov is giving just as much as he's taking and has earned this opportunity. The bottom line is Yakupov is likely to remain a top six forward even when Jordan Eberle (shoulder) returns to the lineup.
Yakupov scored his first goal of the season and had an assist in Saturday's win over the Flames. Playing on a line with Connor McDavid definitely has it's benefits. Yakupov fired four shots on goal in the victory and looked very engaged. If the 22-year-old an stick on the second line with McDavid, the former 17-goal scorer could be an absolute fantasy steal this season. The talented Russian is due for a big bounce-back year after failing to meet expectations in the previous two seasons.
Yakupov was practicing on a line with Connor McDavid in practice Monday, reports Oilers web site. The trio actually started playing together about halfway through the game against Nashville on Saturday. Coach Mclellan liked it enough that he is going to give them at least another game together. Yakupov may have been the Oilers most reliable goal scorer the last two months of last season. This is a chance for him to show that he deserves to be a top six forward.
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