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Devan Dubnyk calls former teammate and 1st overall pick an 'idiot'


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Matt Garland
November 15, 2022  (9:22)
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Devan Dubnyk didn't have the most successful time as an Edmonton Oiler, but that's where he built the foundation for his career. During his time in Edmonton Dubnyk crossed paths with multiple former 1st overall picks, but one especially will go down as one of the biggest busts in NHL history.

That bust is Edmonton Oilers' former #1 overall pick Nail Yakupov. Dubnym isn't surprised with how his career has went.
Yakupov was only able to play 350 career games in the NHL, recording 62 goals and 136 points. After just six seasons, he was out of the NHL and back in his home country playing in the KHL. His best season in the NHL came during his rookie campaign when he put up 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games.

Former teammate Devan Dubnyk was recently on the Daily Faceoff podcast with Jason Gregor and Frank Seravalli and shared his thoughts on Yakupov.
«Oh, Nail Yakupov. This guy was an idiot. A complete idiot."

«I tried to explain to him. We were doing a low-drive from the corner and he's zipping these things past my ear because he's trying to hit the elbow. And I tried to explain to him: ‘You realize there's three outcomes here. You miss the net, you score, or you hit me in the ear. I hate all three of those. If you want to practice this shot, go do it on the other end.»

The two weren't teammates with the Oilers for very long. Dubnyk left in a trade partway through the 2013-14 season and went on to have a solid rest of his career having stints with the Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche. Yakupov, meanwhile, was traded from the Oilers after the 2015-16 season to the St. Louis Blues.
The 29 year old, has had more success in the KHL, scoring 101 points in 186 games with SKA St. Petersburg, Amur Khabarovsk and most recently, Avangard Omsk.
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