Nail Yakupov seems to be getting it.
The Edmonton Oilers winger is realizing the key to a good offensive game is to spend as little time in the defensive zone as possible.Follow @SlamSports
Playing with two of the team’s best players doesn’t hurt either.
“I think the improvements are slow and steady,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “I think he fully understands where he needs to go with his game to be a real complete player, a player that we can trust across the whole ice. He’s taken that to heart.
“We have to realize this is a guy that is of very little experience. We’ve been patient with him, he’s buying in. But the thing that I see lately, is maybe a little bit more fire in his game.”
Yakupov is aware of the opportunity presented to him, skating on a line with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Oilers winger had a strong outing against the New York Rangers on Thursdsay, scoring the game winner, then looked good Friday night against the New Jersey De