Tuesday coast-to-coast: Nail Yakupov out, Owen Sound captain Mike Halmo in limbo

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Hockey writer Jim Matheson can see the Edmonton Oilers trading down in the NHL draft and opting for a defenceman. (Edmonton Journal)

Fun fact: Montreal Canadiens prospect Patrick Holland has the highest assist total in the Dub since 1997. (Tri-City Herald)

The silver lining of the Red Deer Rebels' post-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' funk is that we got to learn some new names, like Dexter Bricker. (Calgary Herald)

Everett Silvertips coach Mark Ferner could face his former Kamloops team in the first round of the playoffs. (Kamloops Daily News)

The Saskatoon Blades know they're in the playoffs. Their opponent is to be determined. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Moose Jaw Warriors first-round pick Brayden Point is getting a late-season taste of the league. You cannot refer to it as a cup of coffee since coffee stunts a 15-year-old's growth. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

Seventeen-year-old Philip Tot has 44 points for an also-ran Lethbridge team, why isn't he getting more NHL draft attention? (Dan Sallows)


Nail Yakupov will sit out the Sarnia Sting's remaining regular-season games, meaning the team will have gone the entire run of 68 games without he and Alex Galchenyuk playing together. (Sportsnet, QMI Agency)

It is a given that Radek Faksa will extend the Kitchener Rangers' Carleton Ravens-like strike of always having a NHL first-round pick (nine in 10 years). (The Hockey Writers)

Draft-year centre Michael Clarke has helped the Windsor Spitfires weather the loss of their No. 1 centre, Boston Bruins draft pick Alexander Khokhlachev. (Windsor Star)

The London Knights have signed second-round pick Jacob Jammes, who played for the Junior A Gloucester (Ont.) Rangers this season. (Metro London)

The Erie Otters' lease negotiation with Erie County, Pa., officials could and should be more transparent. (Erie Times-News)

An early guess at how the OHL coaches' poll might shake out. (OHL Prospects)

A series of one-sentence paragraphs explains why the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds never should have been in ninth place entering the season's final week. (Sault Star)


That is a kick in the pants for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens: star centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been shut down for the rest of the regular season with a lower-body injury. The Ottawa Senators prospect's availability for the playoffs is up in the air. (Le Quotidien)

Rookie Jonathan Drouin had a nice four-point night for the Halifax Mooseheads on Monday. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

At least there's acknowledgement Jonathan Huberdeau would be the league's MVP if he had played anything remotely close to a full schedule. (Le Nouvelliste)

Keep an eye on Rimouski's Francis Beauvillier for the NHL draft, writes Sam Cosentino. (Sportsnet)

Steve Sorel mocks the Q's entry draft. (The Q Spot)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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