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Yakupov hard at work

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

If the Oilers could get a resurgence out of Nail Yakupov it could very well lead to more team success. The 22-year-old winger and 2012 first-overall pick is coming off a season in which he had 23 points (8-15-23) in 60 games. Yakupov has been hard at work this off-season, in an attempt to post a breakout season.

Yakupov's hard work is not lost on his head coach.

"I believe in giving people opportunities to recover and to bring their game," said Todd McLellan. "I know Yak has been working extremely hard. He's done some things that he hasn't done in the past throughout the summer - training in different areas. When he comes back, if that's the case, I want him to have success his teammates will want him to have success and it's a matter of finding that as quick as possible and we could use him."

Yakupov has 50 goals and 111 points in 252 career NHL games. His best production came in his rookie season, when he recorded 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games.

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