OTTAWA - The rumours are true, the Oilers are moving Nail Yakupov.
From right wing to left wing, that is, as head coach Dallas Eakins tries to jump start the slumping Russian sniper.
“I’m finding that whoever plays with Ebs plays well,” said Eakins, who has him with on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle for Saturday afternoon’s game in Ottawa. “ And I’m not sold on guys playing their off wing. I know he’s had success on the right side, but I’m finding he’s having trouble getting the puck to the net (on his backhand).
“We’re going to go back to the basics with him and put him on the left side.”
Right handed shot David Perron is also moving over to the right side.
“We need more pucks to the net,” said Eakins. “When he’s able to protect the puck better he’s going to help our team.”
Edmonton’s special teams were a strength last year, but they’ve been a big reason why this season is heading downhill fast.