St. Louis Blues

Blues make deal with Oilers for Yakupov

St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Friday the Blues have acquired 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Zach Pochiro and a conditional 2017 third round draft pick.

Yakupov, 23, dressed in 60 regular season games with the Oilers last season, posting 23 points, including eight goals and 15 assists. Overall, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward has appeared in four NHL seasons, accumulating 111 points, including 50 goals and 61 assists, in 252 career regular season games.

Prior to his professional career, Yakupov spent two seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting. During the 2010-11 season, he tallied 101 points, including 49 goals and 52 assists, in 65 regular season games, earning Rookie of the Year honors in both the OHL and the Canadian Hockey League.

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