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Nail Yakupov Signed By The Colorado Avalanche

added 12:37pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nail Yakupov to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Yakupov, 23, was the first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft.   He has appeared in 292 career NHL games for the Oilers and St. Louis Blues, tallying 120 points (53g/67a).  The Nizhnekamsk, Russia, native skated in 40 games for the Blues this past season, collecting nine points (3g/6a).

“Nail is a young, skilled winger who will add depth to our lineup,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic.  “We look forward to seeing him at training camp.”

Yakupov made his NHL debut in 2012-13 and went on to lead all NHL rookies in goals (17) and points (31-tied) in 48 games during that shortened season.  He spent four years in Edmonton before being acquired by St. Louis prior to the 2016-17 campaign on Oct. 7.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound right wing played two seasons for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (2010-12).  In 2010-11, he won the Emms Family Award as the OHL’s top rookie and was also named the Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year after leading all first-year players with 101 points (49g/52a) in 65 games.

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Paul's avatar

Friedman tweet,

Yakupov deal with COL is for $875K. Avalanche giving chances to some forwards.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/04/17 at 12:47 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

I did NOT see that one coming.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 07/04/17 at 01:16 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

should put them over the top

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/04/17 at 01:54 PM ET

The_Firebird's avatar

Hopefully a little high-altitude training will make it easier for him to get away from the swarm of bees that is always chasing after him.

Posted by The_Firebird on 07/04/17 at 02:30 PM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

I’d give Yakupov a shot at that salary. Low risk, high reward potential. Hope it works out for him.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 07/04/17 at 03:30 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

Damnit Kenny!  If we had cap space we could have signed him long term for big bucks and a no trade clause.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 07/04/17 at 08:38 PM ET

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