BLOG: Yakupov swapping sides
VIDEO: Nail Yakupov | Ryan Nugent-Hopkins | Ladislav Smid | Dallas Eakins
AUDIO: Nail Yakupov | Ryan Nugent-Hopkins | Ladislav Smid | Dallas Eakins
Oilers forward Nail Yakupov is moving to the left-wing from right-wing when the team takes on the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon.
"I'm not sold with guys playing their off side," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "I know Yak has had some success on the right side, but I find he's having trouble getting the puck to the net. The puck is exposed off the rush and it's an easy play for the defenceman to get his stick in there. We're going to go back to the basics with him."
Yakupov agrees that making this move might be to his benefit.
"I'm really excited about (playing on) the left side," said Yakupov. "I think it'll be a good game for me tomorrow."