Nail Yakupov. Nail-ing it? Nail-ed to a sinking ship? (There are too many puns associated with his name, sorry.) While everyone has their own opinions about every player, and nearly no one is universally loved or universally hated, Yakupov has garnered a lot more controversy and divisive opinions than many other players this season. Part of the reason is that he’s hard to place. He was drafted first overall in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers and many assumed he would be a player in the mold of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Many have grouped him with the young, promising offensive players in the Oilers, yet he’s been a lot more uneven than the others in his playing.
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