Oilers Stats Projections: Nail Yakupov

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Point Projection: 54

Oil on Whyte Ruling: Under

Surprisingly, I’m going under on the point total of 54 and saying he’ll finish the season with 52 points.  Meaning 30 of them will be goals and only 22 assists.

As mentioned, Yakupov loves to shoot and more often than not he’ll take the shot even if he has the opportunity to pass.  He’s a pure goal scorer plain and simple and those types of players will elect to shoot versus passing on most occasions.  Not saying he’s selfish, he knows his strengths and that is to put the puck through the net if and when an opportunity arises. This is where Yakupov is most valuable to the Oilers, when he’s putting himself in positions to use his most valuable asset; his shot.

He idolized Pavel Bure growing up and it’s easy to see that his game is designed around the same style of play.  This season could bring added excitement around the potential that Yakupov truly has by lighting the lamp an impressive number of times, just like Bure did.

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