Avalanche sign 2012 top pick Yakupov

Paola Ditto
Luglio 5, 2017

As Mike Chambers of The Denver Post first reported Tuesday, the Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Nail Yakupov to a one-year contract.

The first overall draft pick in 2012, Yakupov became an unrestricted free agent after the St. Louis Blues chose last week not to extend him a qualifying offer. Colorado general manager Joe Sakic says Yakupov is a "skilled winger who will add depth to our lineup". Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that the deal is worth $875,000. Over 40 games with the Central Division affiliate in 2016-17, the 23-year-old forward posted just nine points across three goals and six assists.

He has 53 goals and 67 assists over 292 career games with the Oilers and Blues.

Yakupov made his National Hockey League debut in 2012-13 and went on to lead all National Hockey League rookies in goals (17) and points (31-tied) in 48 games during that shortened season.

Yakupov, the top pick circa 2012, was the Oilers' third-consecutive No. 1 overall selection after Taylor Hall was chosen in 2010 and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins the following year.

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