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Незаметный Якупов.
19 ноября 2014 года.

«Эдмонтон Ойлерс» - история повторяется, такой вывод можно сделать, посмотрев на результаты «нефтяников» год назад и в нынешнем сезоне. В конце октября, правда, команда выдала серию из четырех побед, но с тех пор проиграла 8 раз за 10 матчей и снова опустилась на последнее место в Западной конференции.

Также мало что изменилось и в показателях Наиля Якупова, российского форварда «Эдмонтона». После 20 матчей в 2013-14 гг — 3 гола и 3 передачи, после 19 игр в 2013-14 гг, с учетом встречи с «Ванкувером», - 3 заброшенные шайбы и 4 передачи.

Против «Ванкувера» Якупов снова ничем не смог помочь своей команде, отметившись за 13:11 игрового времени (из них 3:17 в большинстве) лишь одним броском по воротам соперника. В итоге «Ойлерс» уступили 4:5, а россиянин в третьем матче кряду остался без результативных баллов.

Можно добавить, что «Кэнакс» одна из самых удобных команд для Наиля — в предыдущих 11 встречах против «Ванкувера» он набрал 7 очков (4+3), больше нежели против любого другого клуба НХЛ.

ПРЕССА: Yakupov gave up superstitions because they ‘break your brain’
By Joanne Ireland, Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - It was another Edmonton Oilers game day at Rexall Place. Following the morning practice, Nail Yakupov was at his locker stall, stripping the tape from his sticks, just as he does every time there’s a game on the schedule.

Yakupov uses four sticks in the morning skate and four during a game, regardless of how things are going. And things could be better when it comes to the number of goals he has scored, but he is certain that trend will change.

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins concurs. Eakins has said on more than one occasion that if effort was all that was required to fill the net with pucks, Yakupov would have had more than three in 17 games.

As for superstitions, Yakupov is not that sort. Not any more.

“I will keep my stick if I score, but after a time, I’ll switch anyway. I don’t think it’s all about the sticks,” he said.

“I’m not superstitious at all. ... Four years ago, I messed it up myself. Now I know it will break your brain because those things will bother you all the time and you’ll just think about stupid things.”

Here are five more things you may not know about the energetic winger:

1. As far as he is concerned, Yakupov owns one of the best dogs in the world. After he was drafted first overall by the Oilers in 2012, five-year-old Hadi, a bichon frise, made the trip from Nizhnekamsk, Russia, to Edmonton, along with his mom, dad and sister. All are back in Edmonton for another season. Whenever possible, everyone, from dog to dad, plops down on the couch to watch Russian TV. “It’s really important to me and my family. It’s our religion to get everyone together in one room,” he said.

2. Yakupov has personalized his Warrior stick shafts with a number of markings. There’s YAKSSS, which is his way of saying Yak’s. His name, in Cyrillic script, is on the stick, as is NAILER. There are are also four letters, boxed, that represent his parents, his sister and his dog. He has plans to design his own graphic.

3. Almost everyone around the Oilers calls him Yak; everyone except stall neighbour Matt Hendricks, who calls Yakupov “Borscht.” “It’s one of the (Russian) words I know,” said Hendricks.

4. While Yakupov relishes a bowl of soup, he does not like borscht. Not at all. The nickname, on the other hand, he’s quite all right with.

5. Last year, he succumbed to the Canadian tradition of coffee drinking, although he is not particularly about the brand of the beans. “It’s kind of a religion here,” he said. “You start your morning with a coffee, so I have a coffee in the morning here, too.”

Страничка Наилья Якупова на сайте "Звёзды с Востока"


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