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Oilers' Nail Yakupov wants more ice time

Nail Yakupov is seen during OIlers practice in Edmonton on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (Perry Mah/QMI...

Nail Yakupov is seen during OIlers practice in Edmonton on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers, who’ve never been all that good at evaluating things, are now faced with one of the most important assessments in their history.

Is Nail Yakupov just a frustrated 20-year-old running his mouth about playing time, or is he going to be a high-maintenance prima-donna his entire career?

It’s a question that needs answering, and fast.

If Tuesday’s performance is just a kid from another culture throwing a tantrum, maybe they can work him through it and live happily ever after. If it’s not, and this is how he’ll be handling all of his concerns, then his days in Edmonton need to be over.


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