Ex-Edmonton Oiler Nail Yakupov: Where is he Now?

Published September 24, 2023 at 2:22 PM

Nail Yakupov: The KHL Journey

Once hailed as a potential star, Nail Yakupov's journey from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to his present status has taken unexpected turns.

The 2012 draft spotlight was on Russian forward Nail Yakupov. The Edmonton Oilers selected him first overall, hoping for a game-changing talent. Despite flashes of brilliance, Yakupov's consistency in the NHL fell short of expectations.

Embracing the KHL

Yakupov's path led him to the KHL, where he found a new chapter. He celebrated victory with Omsk, contributing to their first-ever Gagarin Cup win in 2020-21. Yakupov's recent move to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk signifies his commitment to the KHL. Signing a one-year contract, he embarks on a new season with the opportunity to play alongside his cousin, Raul Yakupov.

KHL: A Homecoming

The North American NHL might not see Yakupov's return. His success and contentment in the KHL suggest his future lies on that ice. While the NHL dream took a different path, Yakupov's resilience shines as he thrives in the KHL, proving that the journey can lead to unexpected victories.
September 24   |   93 answers
Ex-Edmonton Oiler Nail Yakupov: Where is he Now?

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