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BLOG: Eberle to be Yakupov's 'catalyst'

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers forward Jordan Eberle wants himself and centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to help Nail Yakupov find his game and become the catalyst that sparks the young forward's offensive abilities.

"We want to be the catalyst for him," said Eberle. "Give him some opportunities around the net and try to find him in the slot like we did last game."

Eberle's declaration was no surprise to Head Coach Dallas Eakins.

"That's been the history here with Ebs through training camp and the early part of the season," said Eakins. "He's been able to make the players around him better. He's going to be a key component in helping Nail along the way and Nuge as well. Nuge got off to a good start and he fell off a bit. We want him to have continued success as well."

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