Thursday, November 26, 2015

Yakupov Sidelined With an Ankle Injury

An unfortunate turn of events for Edmonton forward Nail Yakupov, who was the innocent victim of a falling official, who grabbed him and pulled the Russian down awkwardly after a faceoff, forcing Yakupov to twist his leg awkwardly and force him from the game against the Hurricanes.

On Thursday, the team announced that Yakupov will miss the next 2-to-4 weeks with an ankle sprain and it has been suggested that the team may recall Anton Slepyshev to take his place, likely putting Yakupov on the Injured Reserve in the process.

His start to the 2016 season has been much better to his previous starts, already posting 2 goals and 12 points in 22 games with the club, having been paired up with Connor McDavid, before he was hurt this season.  On Thursday morning, he was ranked 163rd overall in pool scoring.

In the draft, John S. was getting some bargain production out of the slick Russian, getting about two rounds better in scoring, than where he was picked, before this time of the injury.  John's team may be on the verge of falling off a cliff here, thanks to injury problems, but may be able to take advantage of the Waiver Draft here next week.

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