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64 Nail Yakupov RW

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July 3, 2018 01:01 PM
Nail Yakupov: Departs for KHL
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Yakupov is set to sign a two-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.

Yakupov has chosen to leave hockey's highest level after failing to live up to his 2012 first overall selection with Edmonton. Throughout six seasons, he averaged only 0.39 points per game and accumulated a dreadful minus-89 rating. While Yakupov's first NHL stint was largely unsuccessful, he is still only 24 years old. It's possible he could rediscover his game oversees and contribute to an NHL roster at some point down the road.

June 25, 2018 06:21 PM
Nail Yakupov: Not retained by Avalanche
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Yakupov wasn't tendered a qualifying offer Monday and will now become an unrestricted free agent, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Playing for his third team in as many seasons, Yakupov saw a decent amount action for the Avalanche, tallying nine goals and seven assists across 58 games. However, he didn't participate in a single playoff game and is now looking to join a new team when free agency opens July 1 after failing to get a qualifying offer. The former first overall pick should find a handful of suitors on the open market.

April 26, 2018 03:28 AM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Rides pine in playoffs
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Yakupov watched all six games of the Avs' first-round series against the Predators from the press box.

On his third club in as many seasons, Yakupov failed to impress, as he served as a healthy scratch in 24 of the final 32 contests of the year. When he was in the lineup, the winger garnered a meager 16 points and 94 shots. Selected first overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, the Russian would certainly be in the conversation for the biggest bust in NHL history. A restricted free agent this offseason, the 24-year-old could find himself without an offer from Colorado.

March 3, 2018 09:16 AM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Watches fourth straight game
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Yakupov was a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game during Friday's 7-1 win over Minnesota.

Considering the 24-year-old winger can't crack the lineup consistently or land a prominent role when dressing, there aren't many fantasy settings where Yakupov warrants a roster spot. He might receive another fresh start next fall, but it also wouldn't be a shock if his NHL career is over after this season.

January 19, 2018 09:52 AM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Logs just 9:10 in win over Sharks
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Yakupov recorded one shot through 9:10 of ice time (2:09 with the man advantage) during Thursday's 5-3 win over San Jose.

It's easy to poke fun at Yakupov because he was the first overall selection from the 2012 draft, and he's definitely failed to live up to expectations to this point of his career. Slotting into a depth role hurts his scoring potential, so while his offensive numbers have been disappointing this year (eight goals and 13 points through 38 games), it's not a great fantasy setup, either. It's probably safe to continue fading Yakupov in the majority of settings at this stage of the game.

December 16, 2017 06:44 PM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Back in tow
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Yakupov (illness) will rejoin the action for Saturday's home game against the Lightning, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.

This is an ideal spot for Yakupov to return, as the Avalanche need their best offensive weapons to try and knock down a virtually impenetrable wall that Tampa Bay has built around the cage this season. (The Bolts are tied with San Jose for the second-fewest goals allowed at 2.39 through 31 games.) Yak's converted seven goals on 42 scoring chances for a robust 16.7 shooting percentage, plus he gets power-play ice time, so consider him to be a decent flier in deep pools Saturday.

December 14, 2017 04:05 PM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Inactive on Thursday
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Yakupov (illness) will not be active for Thursday night's home game against the Panthers.

Yak's about to miss his fifth consecutive game for an Avalanche team that is fading into obscurity after blazing a trail to start the season. Still, provided he doesn't miss a bunch more games, the man who's been labeled a bust since the Oilers drafted him first overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft has a legitimate chance of reaching 20 goals for the first time in his career. Keep him on the bench for now, but the Russian often makes for a solid value play when healthy.

December 12, 2017 05:29 PM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Ruled out Tuesday after all
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Yakupov (illness) won't play Tuesday against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of reports.

A previous report indicated that Yakupov would suit up if Alex Kerfoot (lower body) couldn't play. However, even though the rookie indeed will miss his first NHL game, Yak's illness is still bothering him to the point that he won't suit up, either. This likely will force the Avalanche to rely on defenseman Anton Lindholm to round out the fourth line with Sven Andrighetto and Colin Wilson.

December 12, 2017 04:01 PM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Could play Tuesday
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Yakupov (illness) could draw into the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Capitals if Alex Kerfoot (lower body) is unavailable.

Yakupov missed Monday's matchup with Pittsburgh due to an illness, but he's evidently already overcome that ailment ahead of Tuesday evening's contest. The 24-year-old winger has notched seven goals and 10 points in 26 games this campaign.

December 11, 2017 11:25 PM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Under the weather
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Yakupov will miss Monday's road tilt against the Penguins due to an illness, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

The first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Yakupov missed each of the last two contests as a healthy scratch and has gone six games without recording a point. Colorado will continue to utilize a combination of 11 forwards and seven defensemen in its lineup with Yakupov out, and the 23-year-old Russian's next opportunity to play is Tuesday in Washington.

December 6, 2017 11:28 AM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Point drought reaches six games
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Yakupov has failed to register a point in six games and is averaging just 10:26 of ice time (1:56 with the man advantage) during the slump.

The 2012 first overall selection has the necessary offensive skills to score at the highest level, but for whatever reason, he can't mark the scoresheet frequently enough to provide serviceable fantasy results. Yakupov's ice time is down, and now with his third organization, time is running out for the 24-year-old Russian. It's probably best to continue to steer clear in most virtual settings.

November 10, 2017 10:17 PM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Nets opening goal in win
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Yakupov deposited his team's first goal in Sweden, scoring in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa on Friday.

After an October slump, Yakupov has found November more to his liking, scoring in three of four contests, including this latest one as part of the NHL's SAP Global Series event. He remains prone to hot and cold streaks, but for now, Yak's probably worth keeping in your lineup.

October 24, 2017 11:25 AM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Quiet following strong start
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Yakupov hasn't recorded a point through the past four games.

After recording three goals and two helpers over the first four games of the season, Yakupov has cooled down significantly. He logged just 8:11 of ice time and was benched last time out against St. Louis. However, Yakupov projects to return to a scoring role on a line with Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog against Dallas on Tuesday. He's likely to have plenty more offensive peaks and valleys over the coming weeks.

October 12, 2017 01:16 AM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Tallies two points
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Yakupov lit the lamp and added an assist in a 6-3 win over the Bruins on Wednesday.

The first overall pick in 2012 has never lived up to that, and by this point he's essentially been given up on. However, he's still only 23, and he has five points through four games this year. It's too early to get excited, but what is encouraging is that Yakupov has averaged more than three minutes a game on the power play with the Avalanche.

October 11, 2017 12:25 AM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Lights the lamp twice
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Yakupov scored two third-period goals to seal up Monday's shutout win over Boston. The second was an empty-netter.

Yakupov is already two-thirds of the way to last year's goal total after his late flurry. The 2012 first-overall pick has never been able to put things together offensively, but he's worth monitoring now that he's gotten a change of scenery.

July 4, 2017 02:24 PM
Avalanche's Nail Yakupov: Signs one-year deal
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Yakupov (lower body) put pen to paper on a one-year deal with Colorado on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

The 2016-17 campaign was supposed to provide Yakupov with a career resurgence after he was traded away from Edmonton and joined St. Louis. Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, he could never secure regular minutes with the Blues and suited up in a mere 40 contests. Even when the winger was in the lineup, he averaged a paltry 10:39 of ice time. Yakupov will look to see if the Mile High City is a better fit, but fantasy owners may want to take a wait-and-see approach on 2012's No. 1 overall pick, who's never exceeded 33 points or posted a positive rating in his five NHL seasons.

June 27, 2017 02:16 PM
Nail Yakupov: Set to become free agent
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Yakupov (lower body) wasn't extended a qualifying offer from the Blues and will become an unrestricted free agent, Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Yakupov made it known in May that he wasn't planning to return to Russia for the KHL and fully expects to be in the NHL for the 2017 season. However, he would've needed to be given a $2.5 million qualifying offer to remain with the Blues, which was out of their price range. He'll now head to free agency with the hope of latching on elsewhere prior to training camp. Playing in only 40 games for the Blues due to injury last season, Yakupov had just nine points (three goals).

May 12, 2017 03:20 PM
Blues' Nail Yakupov: No plans to return to KHL
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Yakupov (knee) has "zero plans of returning to Russia" and fully expects to play in the NHL next season, Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Yakupov is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, but it remains to be seen whether the Blues will make him a qualifying offer or he'll receive an offer sheet from another club before free agency kicks off. The first overall pick from the 2012 draft has been a huge disappointment through the first five years of his NHL career, notching 120 points (53 goals, 67 points) in 292 games. To make matters worse, Yak had arguably his worst season yet in 2016-17, tallying a mere nine points (three goals, six assists) in 40 games with St. Louis. The Russian winger is also currently recovering from knee surgery, which further diminishes his value as a free agent. Yakupov's meager production and the questions surrounding his health will likely earn him a one-year, "prove-it" deal with an NHL club for the 2017-18 campaign.

May 10, 2017 01:44 AM
Blues' Nail Yakupov: Team reveals he had surgery during playoffs
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Yakupov underwent knee surgery during Round 1 of the playoffs, Lou Korac of reports.

Yak had the ambiguous "undisclosed" and "lower body" designations during the postseason run, but with the team getting eliminated by the Predators on Sunday, GM Doug Armstrong can freely speak of the precise nature of the injuries that bogged down his players when it mattered most. The Russian tallied only nine points in 40 regular-season contests, and this knee operation helps explain why he wasn't available for the playoffs. The first overall pick from the 2012 draft, Yakupov has been a colossal bust, and even a change of scenery following four rough years in Edmonton failed to invigorate the winger. He's still only 23 years old, but the former top prospect has faded into fantasy oblivion already.

May 2, 2017 05:24 PM
Blues' Nail Yakupov: Remains sidelined
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Yakupov (lower body) is still unavailable to suit up against the Blues on Tuesday, Robby Stanley of reports.

The Blues have not given any indication that Yakupov will be returning to the lineup anytime soon; the winger hasn't played since March 31 in Colorado. Even once cleared, the 23-year-old is probably a long shot to crack the lineup, as he was a frequent healthy scratch during the regular season.


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Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Colorado Avalanche

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