He came to us in a time of addled management, and in truth nothing rhymed. Nail scored well as a rookie, and his coach (Ralph Krueger) said the coaches were going to have to help him—and then the organization fired Ralph. Many people believe Nail was lost to the Oilers forever during the fall of 2013, but in the end it does not matter. I watched him last night, making good plays followed by questionable ones, and thought of that old MacT line about Brad Winchester: I think he needs a second opinion.
Godspeed, young man. Sail on, Nail Yakupov. It should have been so much better.