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Big forward whose poor skating and offensive inconsistencies are holding him back from being a reliable fantasy option at this point.


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June 2022 – It has been seven seasons since Yakimov went back to Russia and he is set to turn 28-years-old in October. He is not exactly a great producer in the KHL and even then, the chances that he would come back to North America is slim. It is time to move on and forget. Jameson Ewasiuk

January 2020 – The big Russian played on three different KHL teams last season and appeared to have found a home in his final destination of Severstal Cherepovets where he recorded a solid 12 points in 18 games. This season however Yakimov has seen his numbers regress back to a similar point-per-game rate that he had put up in 150 KHL games prior to last season (0.29 this season compared to 0.25). It is unlikely that Yakimov returns to North America in the future and even if he did, he probably would not be an NHL regular. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2019 – Yakimov is a big, 24-year-old forward who has played for three KHL teams but looks to have found a home with Severstal Cherepovets. Since joining Severstal Cherepovets, Yakimov has recorded a respectable 12 points in 18 games and has 15 points in 50 total games between the three teams this season. The Oilers still hold the Russian’s rights but he struggled to make an impact in the AHL before heading back to Russia in 2016 and it has to be seen as unlikely that he ever comes back at this point. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2018 – It’s been three seasons since the big Russian center left North America to play in his home country of Russia. He has failed to make much of an impact in the KHL and recorded just eight goals and 11 points in 56 games for Neftehkhimik Nizhnekamsk last season. He hasn’t expressed any interest in coming back to North America and likely doesn’t have the consistency to be a legitimate fantasy option at this point. Jameson Ewasiuk

October 2017- Yakimov has always been an interesting player, there was always hope for him to breakout and see tangible production, but that hope is starting to run out. In the 2015-16 season, the big Russian played in Bakersfield putting up five goals and 10 assists in 36 games. Soon after the season however, Yakimov voiced how unpleased he was with the organization and packed his bags and went to the KHL. In the 2016-17 season, the centreman played in 50 games posting three goals and eight assists. In the 20 games thus far in 2017-18, he has put up two goals and two assists. Spencer Pomoty

July 2016 – After splitting time last season between the KHL and the Bakersfield Condors, Yakimov has officially been loaned to HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL. Brayden Sullivan

January 2015 – Back on December 21, 2015, Yakimov was loaned to ​Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL. The move is an attempt to get Yakimov more playing time with elite competition while also catering to his Russian roots. Yakimov has had a difficult time adjusting to North America socially and culturally but has seemed to improve his game on the ice. The move is slightly worrisome as Yakimov could easily slide into the comforts of home and lose desire to come back. It’s still too early to tell but his NHL future will trend downward until his next showing at Oilers camp. ​Tyler Thomson

March 2015 – As the AHL regular season winds down, Yakimov has slowly risen up the Barons depth chart and is currently occupying the second line centre position. Through 54 games he has 10 goals and 15 assists. The unspectacular totals are a result of him getting limited ice time at the beginning of the year. With the graduation of Anton Lander for the majority of the season, Yakimov has impressed with quick learning and smart play. In his most recent stretch “Yak2”, as he is beginning to be called, has eight points in 10 games. Another promising statistic: he has taken at least one shot on goal in his last 21 games in a row. It’s still early in Yakimov’s development but at 20 years of age there are certainly high hopes. Once he can learn to adjust to play with his massive frame by improving his skating on the smaller ice, he could prove to be a very effective NHL centremen. Tyler Thomson

November 2014 – The Oilers have opted to keep third overall pick Leon Draisaitl in the NHL this season. This makes Yakimov nothing more than an injury call-up at present time. In 14 games with the Barons, Yakimov has one goal and five assists.  He is being used primarily as the third line centre on a Barons squad that sits second in the west division.  Tyler Thomson

October 2014 – Bogdan Yakimov was one of the big surprises at Oilers training camp.  His big frame and gritty two-way play earned him a long look in the pre-season. His effort was rewarded and he found himself in the Oilers starting lineup on opening night. Despite the size and skill, Yakimov was sent to Oklahoma City after one game, where he will occupy one of the top three lines’ centre position for further seasoning.  Many beat writers in Edmonton believed he could stick with the Oilers. Yakimov managed a goal and an assist in five preseason games and often outshone Leon Draisaitl, Jesse Joensuu, and Greg Chase. He possesses great puck protecting ability and good vision but needs to improve on shooting more often and skating speed.  Tyler Thomson

June 2014 – Worries about him staying in Russia have been put to rest for the time being as he has signed a three year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers as of May 2014, and should play next season in the AHL. Last season Yakimov played 33 games in the KHL scoring 12 points while averaging around 12 minutes per game as a 19 year old. Skating and mobility are his biggest issues and he needs to use his size to his advantage more often to compete in stronger leagues. Coming to North American ice will be an adjustment but he has the skill to both make and finish plays. Due to the Oilers need for size up the middle he should be given a chance to show what he can do at training camp and in the AHL this upcoming season. Pat Quinn

Fantasy Upside 3.0
NHL Certainty 1.0
Country RUS
Position C
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 4, 1994
Height 6‘5”
Weight 231 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 3; Overall: 83


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Team Volga Region U15Districts Cup U155 2 35 2|        
 2009-2010 Team Volga Region U16Districts Cup U165 4 610 0|        
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr3 2 02 6|        
 2010-2011 Russia U17EYOF3 2 13 0|        
  Russia U18WJC-187 1 12 2|        
 2011-2012 Reaktor NizhnekamskMHL46 15 1025 10|Playoffs2 2 13