ULTIMATE RESPECT TO THE YAK

Wanye
April 28 2013 10:28PM

Nail Yakupov has impressed the socks right off my feet this season. Seriously, they are gone. I have no idea where their ultimate destination will be but they were last seen heading to the horizon at an incredible speed.

YEAR ONE IN THE CAN

Look at the stats for yak at the end of his first season. Leads the team in goals after pumping 11 past the poor tendys in the final 14 games. And even more impressively he did it with little help. With most of his teammates hit a wall doing about 2 km/h with a dozen games left the kid just kept scoring and scoring and scoring.

And celebrating like a King.

As Willis and Stauffer pointed out earlier today:

Is Yakupov riding a hot streak or has he continued to iterate like Skynet and is getting smarter by the day? It will take a few more seasons to be sure but his late season surge has certainly given us excellent fuel for our annual "This is why the Oilers will dominate" line of thinking that plagues us all each off season.

THE BIG FOUR IN YEAR ONE 

Look at the rookie seasons of the big four. Only the Princely Nuge posted a better PPG than Hall/Yakupov who somehow tied in their inaugural campaigns. But Yakupov gets the GPG title, when he accustomed himself to the NHL pace of play he found a second gear that saw him blow past basically everyone - both on the OIlers and in the Calder Trophy scoring race. His compete level gained steam as the season ran out of gas and the goals poured in.

Yakupov is going to be a massive - if not the biggest - piece of the team next year I'd wager and he has been arguably the highlight this year too. If there are 3 highlights to the 2013 Lockout Shortened Disaster they have to be Yak sliding across Rexall Ice and showing the three regal fingers in the air like he just don't care after his hatty. The third highlight was the absolute obliteration of the Flames 8-2. Oh Flames. How screwed are you guys this offseason?

IT'S ALL BRAND NEW TO ME

In his first year as an Oiler Yakupov has done some really interesting things I have never seen despite my 24/7 obsession with the Oilers since I was old enough to work the remote control. Firstly this business of kissing the Oilers crest when he scores is intoxicating. Long a play for footballers around the world it shows some real panache and respect for the logo. Think you would have seen Robbie Schremp planting one on his jersey post goal?

Please.

Secondly we love Yak's cellys despite the flack he has taken from commentators and opposing players alike. His glass smashing antics aren't coming from a place of cockiness or showboating. Instead it seems to be pure joy - joy to be playing in the best league in the world. Joy to be able to smash into the glass at 100 mph and know the fans are smashing back from the other side. Joy to be potting goals for the Edmonton Oilers.

That everyone should be chucking up threes.

Finally one of 64's first moves as a man on Kay-Z's payroll was to bring his Mom and Sisters to town to live.That's not exactly something we have seen around these parts during the past generation is it? Right out of the gate the kid has made Edmonton his family home.

Crazy.

Nail Yakupov is a legend in the making. There is no other possible outcome.

Big ups to @JustinBruyere for the brilliant instagram treatment on the opening pic of this article.

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#51 Serious Gord
April 29 2013, 12:48PM
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Having sedin in the lineup was a favour to Katz to help with the gate. Got a problem with it ? Take it up with Katz - were I a nucks fan I wouldn't want any of the top line guys playing in an utterly meaningless game either.

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#52 The Soup Fascist
April 29 2013, 01:26PM
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I would ask if you were serious, but ......

So I will just assume you are mistaken. No favour to Katz. Whether Sedin is in the lineup or not doesn't change the sell out streak. Plus watching Danielle and Henrietta cycle the puck for 60 seconds sells ZERO tickets.

You are entitled to your opinion but I still consider it a classless move to extend a sham of a streak. I don't want the Canucks doing the Oil any favours at any rate.

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#53 Racki
April 29 2013, 01:34PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Having sedin in the lineup was a favour to Katz to help with the gate. Got a problem with it ? Take it up with Katz - were I a nucks fan I wouldn't want any of the top line guys playing in an utterly meaningless game either.

Right.. cause a team that habitually has sat at the bottom of the standings but still manages to sell out every night needs "help with the gate". Get real.

It wasn't a favor to Katz.. it was 100% for Sedin's sake to maintain his supposed "iron man streak".

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#54 voom04
April 29 2013, 06:53PM
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there is absolutely no other outcome. props

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#55 clyde
April 29 2013, 07:25PM
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Mark Spector's latest column says:

And as the hats flew, and Nail Yakupov typically over-celebrated a meaningless hat trick in a meaningless game, Luongo – judging by Luongo’s body language – appeared to be seething.

Can someone take away this idiot's press pass?

I guess Yak trying to entertain everyone at the Rex or being excited about his first hatty should be condemned.

Spector is a goof. Doesn't he get that Oiler fans love nothing more than individual stats.

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#56 Serious Gord
April 29 2013, 09:59PM
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Right.. cause a team that habitually has sat at the bottom of the standings but still manages to sell out every night needs "help with the gate". Get real.

It wasn't a favor to Katz.. it was 100% for Sedin's sake to maintain his supposed "iron man streak".

It's not just the gate - it's concessions its tv viewership - it's a big tv ratings week this week BTW.

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#57 The Soup Fascist
April 30 2013, 06:41AM
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It's not just the gate - it's concessions its tv viewership - it's a big tv ratings week this week BTW.

Really? Please tell me how concessions were up by Sedin playing? The building was going to be full anyway. Do you SERIOUSLY think some Dad said, "hey son, look - good old #33 is dressed for the other team. I am now going to spring for a LARGE popcorn".

Give it up, please. A simple - Sorry Racki, you are correct - will suffice.

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