The One Puck Short Podcast returns just in time for the new NHL season with some thoughts on Nail Yakupov’s move to St. Louis, your Cup predictions and a bunch of listener questions!
Since being selected first overall in 2012, Nail Yakupov has morphed from potential 30 goal scorer in to the boy nobody wants.
Nobody wants him – and it’s not for lack of trying on Edmonton’s part, nor because the Oilers are asking too much.
And that seems absolutely crazy.
In the six games Edmonton have played this season there has been plenty of room for hyperbole, celebration of bizarro statistics (they became the first franchise to have four separate 1st overall picks score in the same game) and general excitement over the teams future.
Connor McDavid’s arrival in Alberta was always going to generate its share of headlines through the opening weeks of the new campaign – first home game, first goal, first point and so on – and thus far things have stayed true to expectation. The Oilers look better for the summer changes they’ve made, but are still a work in progress, while McDavid, perhaps not unsurprisingly, has been their best player.
Having started the season 0-4-0, the Oilers found their feet against a struggling Flames side on Saturday, before beating Vancouver in overtime 24 hours later. Edmonton were on the board and McDavid had his first multi-point game. Celebrations all round.
And while the 18-year old has garnered much of the press so far this season, it is his burgeoning partnership with Nail Yakupov which might bare the greatest fruit for the organisation in the coming years.
The latest episode of The One Puck Short Podcast is available now!
Entitled the ‘Things That Are Dumb This Week’ Episode; I talk about:
- Frankly crazy trade rumours about Nail Yakupov
- What a bonehead Max Lapierre is
- Jonathan Bernie’s, err, ‘screw up’ vs Carolina
- And my take on the new hybrid icing rules