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Yakupov named NHL Rookie of the Month for April

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 1:00 PM / News

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Yakupov named NHL Rookie of the Month for April
Edmonton Oilers' Nail Yakupov named NHL Rookie of the Month for April.

NEW YORKEdmonton Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov, who led all rookies with 11 goals and 15 points in 14 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for April.

Yakupov edged Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (6-6—12 in 14 games), Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz (3-8—11 in 14 games), Calgary Flames left wing Sven Baertschi (3-8—11 in 10 games), Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (4-4—8 in 13 games) and Dallas Stars right wing Alex Chiasson (6-1—7 in seven games) for the honor.

Nail Yakupov
Nail Yakupov
Right Wing - EDM
GOALS: 17 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 31
SOG: 81 | +/-: -4
Yakupov, 19, scored in seven of his 14 games, including his first career hat trick in Edmonton's season finale April 27 vs. Vancouver. He had five multi-point efforts and finished the month with a +7 rating.

Selected by the Oilers with the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Yakupov led all rookies with 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games this season. He also ranked first among freshmen skaters in power-play goals (6) and shooting percentage (21.0%). Yakupov joins

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (January), Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (February) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (March) as Rookie of the Month winners this season.

Nail Yakupov in April

Date Opponent G A P Result
April 1 CALGARY 1 1 2 4-1 win
April 3 at Calgary 2 0 2 8-2 win
April 4 at Vancouver 0 0 0 4-0 loss
April 6 at Los Angeles 0 1 1 4-1 loss
April 8 at Anaheim 0 1 1 2-1 loss
April 10 PHOENIX 1 0 1 3-1 loss
April 13 CALGARY 0 0 0 4-1 loss
April 16 MINNESOTA 1 1 2 5-3 loss
April 19 at Colorado 0 0 0 4-1 win
April 21 ANAHEIM 0 0 0 3-1 loss
April 22 ANAHEIM 0 0 0 3-0 loss
April 24 CHICAGO 1 0 1 4-1 loss
April 26 at Minnesota 2 0 2 6-1 win
April 27 VANCOUVER 3 0 3 7-2 win
Totals 11 4 15

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