Oilers prospect Yakupov going to Russia

Fans of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting may endure a rollercoaster of emotions Saturday.

With a National Hockey League lockout looming, the Edmonton Oilers assigned Nail Yakupov to the Sting Saturday afternoon, where the Russian phenom played from 2010-12.

However, it seems the Oilers’ No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft has other plans.

Yakupov’s agent, Igor Larionov, told the Edmonton Journal last month that in the event the players were locked out by the league, his client would play hockey overseas. Larionov said the 18-year-old would either play for his hometown team Niznekamsk or for a team in Sweden or Finland.

But Yakupov’s plans of playing hockey in Europe may not come to fruition, as any player who wants to play overseas needs to be granted permission before doing so.

In two seasons with the Sting, Yakupov had 80 goals and 90 assists in 107 games