June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nail Yakupov puts on an Oilers jersey after being selected as the number one overall draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Another Day, Another Goal for Nail Yakupov (European Prospects Update)

Today, in Neftekhimik’s 5-4 victory over Sibir, Yakupov scored the game-winning goal–with only 10 seconds remaining in the game! In 10 games, he has 6 goals.

A couple of recent blog posts on Yakupov caught my eye. First, Oilers Nation posted an interesting one-on-one inverview with Yakupov. And Jonathan Willis, on The Cult of Hockey, compared Yakupov’s start in the KHL with the starts of other 19-year-old Russians.

As you probably know, Oscar Klefbom suffered a shoulder injury earlier this month. Initially, the prognosis was that he’d be out for only 1 or 2 games. But now it’s expected he’ll miss 4-6 weeks.

News on the other three European prospects is more scarce. However, I did come across the following tweet by Eetu Huisman: “#Oilers G prospect @franstuohimaa had 29 saves in a shutout shootout win for Kiekko-Vantaa in the Finnish 2nd tier league Mestis on Friday.”

Here are some stats from all five of the Oilers European prospects.

Nail Yakupov (RW) – Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
10 GP / 6 G / 2 A / 8 PTS / -2 / 6 PIM

Oscar Klefbom (D) – Farjestads BK
10 GP / 0 G / 3 A / 3 PTS / +7 / 2 PIM

Erik Gustufsson (D) – Djurgardon
11 GP / 2 G / 1 A / 3 PTS / +7 / 4 PIM

Samu Perhonen (G) – JYP-Akatemia
4 GP / 2.96 GAA / .909 SV%

Frans Tuhoimaa (G) – Jokereit / Kiekko-Vantaa
3 GP / 2.21 GAA / .900 SV% (Jokereit)
4 GP / 2.44 GAA / .907 SV% (Kiekko-Vantaa)

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