Why Oilers should take Nail Yakupov
June, 5, 2012
By Corey Pronman | ESPN.com
Claus Andersen/Getty ImagesNail Yakupov would be a terrific asset for the Edmonton Oilers.While the Edmonton Oilers' main need -- improving their blue line -- has been widely publicized in the lead up to the 2012 NHL draft, it should be noted that you don't finish 29th overall without needing a whole lot. However, this team has a bright future up front with its top four scorers all age 22 or under. As Edmonton's forward corps trends toward its peak, it's reasonable to think the Oilers' offense should be in the top half of the league for years to come.
The Oilers have a few fine pieces on defense that could contribute on a good team going forward between Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry and Nick Schultz (who played the toughest opponents this season), but they are missing a legit high-end talent on the back end.