NHL Canadian Corner – May 28, 2014

Oilers coach denies rift with Nail Yakupov, a look at Canucks’ defenseman Jason Garrison, Jets forward Mark Scheifele played well for Canada at the World Championships, while Senators prospect Curtis Lazar believes he’s ready to jump to the NHL. 

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins claims he has a good relationship with winger Nail Yakupov.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins claims he has a good relationship with winger Nail Yakupov.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins denied having any issues with sophomore winger Nail Yakupov last season. Yakupov struggled to follow up his promising rookie campaign, leading to questions over how he was being used by Eakins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eakins’ relationship with Yakupov will be under the microscope again next season, unless the Oilers trade the young winger in the off-season. If Yakupov continues to struggle, it could be used as a reason to replace Eakins as head coach. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reviews Jason Garrison’s performance with the Canucks this season, speculating over his future with the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s some talk of the Canucks shopping Garrison this summer, though I doubt they’ll get much of a return for him if they do. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Mark Scheifele showed few ill-effects from a late-season knee injury in his performance this month with Team Canada at the World Championships.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That bodes well for Scheifele heading into next season. He was enjoying a solid rookie season (34 points in 63 games) before his injury.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators prospect forward Curtis Lazar believes he’s ready to make the jump to the NHL next season.

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  1. I think Lazar is going to get a good strong look at camp, more so if they move Spezza. He has done it all at the junior level, he plays a great two way game as well. He could be a good option to go as a third line center with PP and PK time next season if his camp and 10 game audition looks good. Sens fans need to temper their expectations in thinking he could crack the top 6. If he doesn’t become a regular this year, then it will be juniors and then a year in Bingo before he cracks pro, we’ll see how things translate.

    The Sens are in a pretty good position for camp with a bunch of young guys who should all be pushing for a regular shot this year. Here would be my list of Sens prospects who should push hard for a regular spot:

    Forwards: Mark Stone, Curtis Lazar, Matt Puempel, Shane Prince, JG Pageau
    Defense: Fredrick Claesson, Mark Borowiecki