Yakupov may need to be activated for Thursday's game against the Canucks, as the Blues are dealing with several injured forwards that are listed out, Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The Blues' latest injury is to Paul Stastny, who is week-to-week with a lower-body injury. He joins Jori Lehtera (head) and Dmitrij Jaskin (upper body) on the shelf; Lehtera missed all of the just-concluded five-game road trip while Jaskin missed most of it. General manager Doug Armstrong said there are no plans for a call-up, according to the Post-Dispatch, so that suggests Yakupov will be in the lineup Thursday night against Vancouver unless either Lehtera or Jaskin becomes available before the two teams face off.
Yakupov was made active for Sunday's game against Colorado and had zero shots over 13:12 of ice time in a 3-0 victory. Yakupov was active for the just the second time in the last 12 games. That he didn't generate any measurable impact -- no shots, hits, assists or blocked shots -- is a reminder how far the former No. 1 overall pick (2012) has fallen.
Yakupov was a healthy scratch for the second straight game Tuesday against the Senators. Yakupov was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he has been a huge disappointment in his career to this point. He has just 53 goals and a minus-94 rating through 283 NHL games. Yakupov has really bottomed out this season with just six points, including zero on the power play. He is still just 23 years old with plenty of time left to turn things around, but it's start to look like he is going to top out as more of a third- or fourth-line winger rather than a superstar.
Yakupov was inactive Thursday for the third time in the last four games. It's not happening for Yakupov, who's been given multiple chances to secure a larger role. There were available minutes for Thursday's loss to the Wild -- center Kyle Brodziak's foot injury has him out at least five weeks -- but AHL callup Ivan Barbashev started instead. That could be because Barbashev has more experience at center, but the fact that Yakupov is in a position to get beat out for the playing time is the main takeaway.
Yakupov was a healthy scratch for the second straight game Saturday. Yakupov was in the active lineup for six straight games before Blues coach Ken Hitchcock had seen enough. During his active stretch, which included ice time with the dangerous Vladimir Tarasenko, he made some positive plays, but Yakupov was point-less with four shots and a minus-4 rating. Dmitri Jaskin took his spot in the lineup again.
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