KHL coach says Yakupov could return to Russia

Ian McLaren

Vladimir Krikunov, the head coach of Neftekhimik in the KHL, says there's a chance Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov could return to Russia.

Yakpuov developed within the Neftekhimik junior program prior to making his initial jump to North America, and played for the senior KHL club during the NHL lockout, scoring 10 goals and eights assists in 22 games.

These comments come just days after the 20-year old was a healthy scratch for the Oilers, something that perhaps wasn't all too unexpected, according the Yakupov's father.

Yakupov's entry-level contract with the Oilers expires after the 2014-15 season.