So...a while back I read that Nail Yakupov and the Edmonton Oilers were not on the firmest ground, performance-wise. Nail Yakupov, selected first overall in 2012, is an exceptional talent. Born in Nizhnekamsk, Russia he grew up a mere 10 hours away from the hometown of both Sergei Gonchar and Valeri Nichushkin, Chelyabinsk, Russia. In Russia...that's like neighbors practically. For perspective...Moscow is 13.5 hours away from Nizhenkamsk and 23 hours away from Chelyabinsk.
Perhaps there is nothing to the proximity factor for these two young budding superstars...but it would certainly make Gonchar a bit more useful on this team (as a mentor, not sure if its possible to get that guy to skate any faster).
Here is the trade with Edmonton:
- Nail Yakupov
- Oscar Klefborm
- 5th Round pick 2014
Edmonton needs help on defense and Daley provides them with a serviceable stay at home defender who is still under contract for (3) years after this season at the very affordable 3.3 million per year cap hit.
I believe it is time to let Glennie move on. The oft injured forward has yet to live up to his potential as a top 10 pick in 2009. Maybe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs?
The other part of this trade is Oscar Klefborm. There were exactly (2) people in the Oilers farm system I would consider acquiring, one was Klefborm and the other was Linus Omark (yea, that shootout goal sensation guy). A 6'-3", 204 lb defenseman selected 19th overall in the 2011 draft with a good bit of upside or a 5'-10", 180 lb left winger with a ton of skill but some attitude problems.
So....what do you guys think of this trade?