November 30, 2012
Yakupov held scoreless since returning to KHL
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
Nail Yakupov is still looking for his first goal since returning to Russia following the Subway Super Series.
The Edmonton Oilers prospect had 10 goals for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk prior to leaving for Canada to take part in the six-game series.
Having helped Russia claim the event against all-star teams from the three major junior leagues in the country, Yakupov returned to Neftekhimik.
While he has yet to score a goal upon his return, last summer’s first overall selection is still collecting points, picking up four assists in two games this past week.
Yakupov had two assists in a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow last Sunday, then had two helpers in a 4-3 win over Torpedo Nizhny Wednesday.
Yakupov failed to get on the scoresheet in Neftekhimik’s 3-1 loss to Atlant Moscow Region on Friday.
In 19 games this season, Yakupov has 10 goals and eight assists.
Neftekhimik face Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Ales Hemsky continues to lead