Yakupov has five goals and two assists in eight games this season with Neftekhimik, averaging just over 15 minutes of ice time per game. The top-rated forward prospect, who played last season with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL, is shooting just over 18 percent on 3.4 shots per game as he continues to show the offensive ability that had him on the top of the NHL draft this past June.
The Oilers prospect has had an interesting journey during the NHL lockout, as Yakupov was initially blocked by the International Ice Hockey Federation when the Canadian Hockey League claimed he was still under contract to the Sting. Hockey Canada and the IIHF have since determined such claims were false and Yakupov resumed his KHL career.
Neftekhimik currently sits at No. 9 in the Eastern Conference of the KHL with just nine wins in 17 games this season. They will face Amur at 10 a.m. MSK, or 2 a.m. ET.