Blues’ Yakupov to be healthy scratch for third straight game

Watch as former Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov returns to the city and scores against his former team.

Nail Yakupov will be a healthy scratch for the third straight game as the St. Louis Blues take on the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night, as per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Blues landed Yakupov late in the off-season, when Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Yakupov to St. Louis in exchange for Zach Pochiro and a conditional third round pick. (That becomes a second round pick if he scores 15 goals this season.)

Yakupov got off to a quick start with his new team and scored a goal in just his second game. Three games later he tallied his second of the year against his old Oilers, but his production has since fallen off. In 11 games so far, Yakupov has just four points.

Yakupov was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft but never quite lived up to the hype. Over the course of four seasons with the Oilers, Yakupov played in 252 games, registering 50 goals and 111 points.

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