Yet another Friday in this, the
spring summer fall of our discontent. Not much is happening at the time of this writing — which, thanks to an extreme case of why did I do this to myself is at roughly 2:0LATE in the morning — so we’ll keep it brief.
One of the links today asks the question: what if the Oilers didn’t draft Nail Yakupov? First of all, OK, valid question. Secondly, how dare they?! Nail Yakupov tied for the league lead in rookie scoring in 2012-13 thanks to a blistering finish to the season, including a hat trick against the Vancouver Canucks in the final game of the year. He scored 31 points in the lockout-shortened season, level with Jonathan Huberdeau the Calder Trophy thief, and did so while averaging ~2 minutes less per game. As Lowetide put it yesterday — after astutely noting Yakupov’s gaudy 2.18 P/60 in his rookie year:
“He had a tremendous finish to his rookie season, missed a lot of appreciation because so much happened so late. Management and coaching change, erratic shot obscured a useful offensive weapon.”
Lowetide (@Lowetide) | Lowetide.com
Poor kid never had a chance.
Here, at least.
Have a great weekend. #YAKCITY forever.
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