SOG: 31 | +/-: -14
"I don't want to talk about anything bad," Yakupov said. "I just want to say I'd like to be here. I love to be in Edmonton. I love the city, I love to play with these players. I've known for a couple of years a couple of guys. It's a great atmosphere with great people around, great staff, great equipment managers, doctors and everybody. I just want to be a part of the Oilers."However, Yakupov did say he has been frustrated this season. The second-year forward has two goals, two assists and a minus-14 rating in 17 games. He's averaging 15:28 of ice time per game, but has been a healthy scratch twice and has played 11:08 or fewer in three straight games.
Taken by the Oilers with the first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, Yakupov led all rookies last season with 17 goals and 31 points.