I like it as well, but an interesting perspective to consider:
The best line to ever describe Nail Yakupov sounds mean spirited, but in fact it describes his game to a ‘T.’http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/oile ... pov-trade/
“He plays like a guy being chased by a swarm of bees,” someone once said.
All over the place, all the time. Now he’s in St. Louis, and in the annals of hockey lore, Yakupov sidles up next to Alexandre Daigle as one of the worst No. 1 overall picks in National Hockey League history.
Of course the Edmonton Oilers chose him.
Offensively, defensively, off the ice with his teammates… Nobody ever knew where to find Nail Yakupov. There was no system he could follow, no traditional path to success he could be led down.
Coach after coach told him where to go to support the puck, but when support was required he was somewhere else. They ringed the puck around the boards to the place he was supposed to be, but Yakupov was never there when it arrived, for reasons unknown.
They coached him on where to go when the puck was in the offensive zone, but too often when his centreman looked up to pass him the puck, he was elsewhere. It was like he had learned only to score as a junior in Sarnia, but somehow never to play hockey.
Teammates invited him to dinner with the boys. He most often had something else to do.
Despite all of that Canadian angst, it's not unreasonable to think he could blossom with the change of scenery. Plus, he bumps Paajarvi out of the lineup which is a godsend in of itself.
A good, practical trade. When Schwartz comes back, the top 9 won't have a lot of muscle (and will have Lehtera and Bergy) but it's actually palatable.
You know what you have w/ Sobotka. At least w/ Yakupov, the ceiling is still high. Reckless indeed.