Not a bad trade in a fantasy setting or in a vacuum. Unfortunately Howson made it clear that if Yakupov dropped to #2 he would trade the #2 pick as opposed to drafting Yak. So I don't see Howson going out of his way to acquire the kid.
How about Oilers fans stop putting Yakupov in their proposals?
Why, wasn't he drafted by the Oilers, because he was the best player, not because the Oilers needed him. If he can get a big C or a top 2 D for the Oilers, I'm all for it. Right now Yakupov is compounding the problem with the lack of size in the Oilers top 6, and one has to be traded and the most logical one right now is Yakupov.
^actually, Columbus needs to keep it's younger players and picks and do what the Oil are doing...rebuld. with the young guys you already have, your prospects and three 1st rounders this coming draft...stay the course!