Nail Yakupov
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2 weeks ago

Yakupov had his team's first goal in Sweden, scoring in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

After an October slump, Yakupov has found November more to his liking, scoring in three of four contests in the calendar's 11th month. He remains prone to hot and cold streaks, but for now, he's worth keeping in your lineup while he's producing.

Nail Yakupov
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1 month ago

Yakupov hasn't recorded a point through the past four games.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Nail Yakupov
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1 month ago

Yakupov lit the lamp and added an assist in a 6-3 win over the Bruins on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Nail Yakupov
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2 months ago

Yakupov scored two third-period goals to seal up Monday's shutout win over Boston.

EDGE Analysis

Yakupov is already two-thirds of the way to last year's goal total after his late flurry. The 2012 No. 1 overall selection has never been able to put things together offensively, but it's worth monitoring if this could be the start of him becoming a solid fantasy option.

Nail Yakupov
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5 months ago

Yakupov (lower body) put pen to paper on a one-year deal with Colorado on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 wait until after the start of the season to see what sort of role the former No. 1 overall pick will be given.

Nail Yakupov
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5 months ago

Yakupov wasn't extended a qualifying offer from the Blues and will become an unrestricted free agent, Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 just 40 games for the Blues due to injury last season, Yakupov had just nine points (three goals).

Nail Yakupov
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6 months ago

Yakupov (lower body) has "zero plans of returning to Russia" and fully expects to play in the NHL next season, Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

EDGE Analysis

Yakupov is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, but it remains to be seen if the Blues will make him a qualifying offer, or if he'll receive any interest from other NHL clubs in the form of an offer sheet 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 over that span. 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.

Nail Yakupov
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7 months ago

Yakupov underwent knee surgery during Round 1 of the playoffs, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 injures that had bogged down his players when it mattered most. The Russian tallied only nine points in 40 regular-season contests and the knee operation prevented him from playing at all in the playoffs. Despite his status as the first overall pick from the 2012 draft, Yakupov has been a colossal bust for fantasy owners, 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 star has faded into oblivion.

Nail Yakupov
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7 months ago

Yakupov (lower body) is still unavailable to suit up against the Blues on Tuesday, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blues have not given any indication that Yakupov will be returning to the lineup any time soon. The winger hasn't played since March 31 in Colorado -- missing the last 13 outings. 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.

Nail Yakupov
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7 months ago

Yakupov was scratched for Sunday's Game 3 in Nashville due to his lower-body injury.

EDGE Analysis

Yakupov remains without a timetable for return, as he still hasn't managed to even suit up for practice. The 2012 first-overall draft selection played in only 40 games during the regular season and has yet to see the ice during the Blues' playoff run.