There are some rumors that Nail Yakupov might be staying over in the KHL.
From what I heard and by what I think, I'm sure that he will probably not stay in Russia, because he was so happy to be drafted by the Oilers and he wants nothing more than to have a long and prosperous NHL career. Why would he just drop it all to because the NHL has a lockout for a couple months? He wouldn't.
Unless he is getting extra money from his team to play with them till the end of the season like it is rumored other players are, I really don't see him staying.
There has been rumors that Kovalchuk might stay and there is a small handful of others that have said they will. But you'd think Nail is different than them, as he will honor his contract, unlike the others. I still think Kovalchuk will come over to play back in the NHL this season, but I guess we will see.
All I know is I'd fully believe we will see Nail Yakupov wearing the #64 for the Edmonton Oilers this year.
This was written by Noah Fuchs!