Igor Larionov, the agent for Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, told ESPN.com's Craig Custance on Monday that he has a trip to Edmonton planned to discuss the team's usage of the former No. 1 overall pick.
Yakupov, the top pick in the 2012 draft, has recorded just four points (two goals, two assists) in 17 games this season, has been a healthy scratch, and has had his name surface in trade rumors in recent weeks.
Larionov also told Custance that if Edmonton is unhappy with Yakupov that his client is open to a move.
If EDM unhappy with him, Larionov said Yak open to trade: "We're willing to make a move. Any team. That happens and that's part of life."— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) November 12, 2013
And there's probably 29 other general managers around the NHL that would be happy to accommodate such a move. But despite the planned meeting between Edmonton and Larionov and the recent trade speculation a deal seems highly unlikely at this point.
For one, Yakupov is too young and too talented for the Oilers to give up on, even with his slow start this season, and if there's anything the Oilers need at this point it's more young, talented players with superstar potential. Letting one get away less than a month after his 20th birthday probably isn't the best course of action. Especially since Yakupov hasn't been off to a great start this season and his value is probably at its lowest point right now.
Selling low on such a valuable asset would be foolish.
Then again, you don't get to be as bad as the Oilers have been over the past seven years without doing a lot of foolish things along the way.