Edmonton Oilers Rookies Manage to Make Putting Pucks into Crate a Must-See Event

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 18, 2013

Normally the moment two rookies put away some pucks after practice is barely worth mentioning. Oilers' Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz fix all of that. 

It only takes less than a minute, so shame on you if you decide against such a commitment. By the end of the video you will be far more inclined to see these two young hockey players embark on this lockout-shortened season. 

A tip of the hat to Deadspin for spotting what they claim is a brief moment during an open practice held earlier in the week. 

The video shows the two finishing up some practice when they both meet at the crate sitting at center ice. Yakupov is apparently the one in the dark blue jersey. 

The two begin placing the pucks into the crate, which is rather clever as they do it with their sticks, but this is hardly the good part. 

You can see Yakupov point to a section right under the lip of the crate, gesturing for Schultz to try his luck in placing the puck through the small opening that I imagine is the handle to the crate. 

Schultz bites and slaps a gentle, accurate shot that rebounds off the box. He does that a couple more times when our friendly voice in the background informs what it is they are doing. 

And then, swish. 

That astonishment is only ramped to a fever pitch when Yakupov does the same thing in just one try.

Yes, the NHL is back. 

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