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Nail Yakupov | Winger | #64

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/6/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (1) / EDM
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Nail Yakupov and Jordan Schmaltz will be scratched against Arizona on Saturday.

Yakupov remains stuck at just six points this season, now through 35 games. Schmaltz has not produced through his first games of action either.
Mar 18 - 7:48 PM

Nail Yakupov will suit up on Wednesday night.

He will get back into the lineup because of an injury to Dmitrij Jaskin. Yakupov has made just two appearances in the past 10 games.
Mar 15 - 5:15 PM

Nail Yakupov is a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

This will be the 10th time in the last 12 games that he's been a healthy scratch. The Blues took a low-risk gamble by getting him from Edmonton, but it simply hasn't paid off. Zach Sanford and Jordan Schmaltz will also watch the game from the press box, while Jori Lehtera is out with an injury.
Mar 13 - 10:10 PM

Nail Yakupov will be a healthy scratch Sunday against Chicago.

He seems to be a semi-regular in the pressbox these days. Dmitrik Jaskin and Magnus Paajarvi will draw in.
Feb 26 - 12:32 PM

Nail Yakupov, Dmitrij Jaskin and Robert Bortuzzo will each be scratched from Saturday's matinee against the Sabres.

Yakupov has posted just six points in 32 games this season, with little else to his credit. Jaskin has 10 points and 79 hits in 41 games. While Bortuzzo has picked up three points with 38 blocks and 50 hits in 22 games.
Feb 18 - 12:44 PM

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C1Matt Duchene
2Tyson Jost
3J.T. Compher
4Carl Soderberg
5J.C. Beaudin
6Rocco Grimaldi
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Sven Andrighetto
3Colin Wilson
4Matt Nieto
5Gabriel Bourque
6A.J. Greer
7Rene Bourque
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Mikko Rantanen
3Blake Comeau
4Nail Yakupov
5Joe Colborne
D1Erik Johnson
2Tyson Barrie
3Nikita Zadorov
4Mark Barberio
5Anton Lindholm
6Andrei Mironov
7Chris Bigras
8Nicolas Meloche
9Duncan Siemens
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Jonathan Bernier