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Nail Yakupov | Winger | #64

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/6/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (1) / EDM
Contract: view contract details

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Nail Yakupov played only 8:11 of ice time on Thursday night against St. Louis.
Yakupov was benched because coach Jared Bednar was not happy with his play. "We had a couple guys who didn't show up to play," said Bednar following a 4-3 loss to the Blues. "Can't do it." Yakupov has three goals and two assists in eight games this year, but he hasn't earned a point in his last four outings. Oct 20 - 10:53 AM
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Nail Yakupov notched a goal with an assist and a plus-3 rating while also delivering a pair of hits in 13:43 of ice time Wednesday against the Bruins.

The No. 1 overall pick in 2012 has yet to hit his stride in five NHL seasons during stops with the Oilers and Blues. However, he has posted three goals with five points and a plus-6 rating through four outings. He has already equaled his goal output from last season in 40 games in St. Louis when he managed just nine total points.
Oct 12 - 1:24 AM

Nail Yakupov tallied a pair of goals in Monday's matinee win over Boston.

Yakupov's first two goals with the Avalanche came in the third period to help Colorado close out a 4-0 win. He has three points in three games this campaign.
Oct 9 - 3:58 PM

Nail Yakupov registered three assists in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Dallas Stars.

Yakupov has been a major disappointment since being taken first overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He's now on his third team in a year, which means he's running out of chances in the NHL. Don't expect him to produce much with Colorado this year. The 23-year-old had just three goals and six assists in 40 games with the St. Louis Blues last season.
Sep 21 - 11:50 PM

One player who might merit some attention this month is Nail Yakupov.

Yakupov has failed in two NHL cities (Edmonton and St. Louis) to date but could get a new lease on life on a rebuilding Avalanche squad. He's looked pretty good in scrimmages alongside Matt Duchene thus far so keep an eye on the former number-one overall draft pick.
Sep 16 - 11:44 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Nail Yakupov to a one-year, $875,000 contract.

Yakupov became an unrestricted free agent after the St. Louis Blues decided not to present him with a qualifying offer. This deal makes a lot of sense for Colorado. Yakupov has been a bust since being taken with the first overall pick in 2012, but there's still a chance that he'll find his way and given the terms of the contract, this is a low-risk gamble for Colorado.
Jul 4 - 12:53 PM

Nail Yakupov won't get a qualifying offer from St. Louis.

It would have cost the Blues $2.5 million, so it's not surprising that he didn't get a qualifying offer. Yakupov is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent if a cheaper contract isn't worked out with St. Louis. He recorded just nine points in 40 games last year.
Jun 26 - 4:45 PM

Nail Yakupov is committed to staying in the NHL.

Yakupov said he doesn't plan on playing in Russia in 2017-18. He's remained focused on making things work for him in North America despite a series of disappointing campaigns. The 2016-17 season was his roughest yet as he had three goals and nine points while being used in just 40 games. He's set to become a restricted free agent this summer and we'll have to see what the Blues' level of interest in him is.
May 11 - 1:44 PM

Nail Yakupov had surgery on his left knee during the first round of the playoffs.

"I battled for a month and tested my leg three times and it didn't feel very good," he said. "Kind of a sad thing." Yakupov was hurt back on Mar. 31. He will be a restricted free agent this summer and would like to stay with the Blues.
May 9 - 4:04 PM

Nail Yakupov has been dealing with a lower-body injury.

Yakupov hasn't played since Mar. 31. The Russian forward finished the regular season with just three goals and nine points in 40 games. He's considered day-to-day at this point.
Apr 28 - 7:23 PM

Nail Yakupov, Jori Lehtera and Dmitrij Jaskin will each be scratched for Game 2 against the Wild.

Yakupov managed just three goals and nine points over 40 games this season. Lehtera picked up seven goals and 22 points in 64 games. Meanwhile, Jaskin posted 11 points with 98 hits in 51 games.
Apr 14 - 8:05 PM

Nail Yakupov is a healthy scratch for Game 1 on Wednesday.

Yakupov had three goals and nine points in 40 regular season games. He was a disappointment in Edmonton and the change of scenery didn't manage to spark the 2012 first overall pick.
Apr 12 - 9:25 PM

Nail Yakupov will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

This will be his second straight game in the press box. The former first overall pick has been a huge disappointment this season. He has just three goals and nine points in 40 games. Dmitrij Jaskin will also serve as a healthy scratch.
Apr 4 - 8:11 PM

Nail Yakupov is slated to play for a fourth straight game on Wednesday.

This will be just the third time this season that Yakupov has been in the lineup for four contests in a row. He has earned an assist in each of his previous three outings. Yakupov has been playing well on the third line with Ivan Barbashev and Zach Sanford.
Mar 28 - 3:43 PM

Nail Yakupov will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Yakupov has suited up in just two of his team's last seven games. He hasn't found the back of the net since Dec. 15, which won't help his case for more ice time. Jordan Schmaltz will also be scratched against Colorado.
Mar 21 - 8:55 PM

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RW1Nathan MacKinnon
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