Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flyers Offseason Wish List: Nail Yakupov

Nail, son of Rail, born in the Republic of Tatarstan in 1993. Sarnia Sting alumnus. Current Edmonton Oiler. Former first overall pick.

And... available for super cheap?
Rishaug, in this situation, is TSN's Oilers reporter Ryan Rishaug.

Why would any team, especially one on the rise, not use a second round pick to draft a 22-year old winger with as much potential as anyone on the market besides Steven Stamkos? Is there really any risk here?

He's due $2.5 million this year, and then he's a restricted free agent. If he kills it and you want to keep him, great. If he kills it and then costs too much money, you let someone else sign him away from you and get compensated. If he stinks, you just let him walk at the end of the year and you're down a second round pick.

I'll keep this short because I don't want to miss a breaking story: the Flyers have picks #48 and 52 in the second round and picks #79 and 82 in the third round. If any combination of those picks turns into Nail Yakupov in orange and black, that will be a GREAT thing in my book.

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