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Yakupov, No. 1 pick in 2012 Draft, signs with KHL team

Forward had 16 points in 58 games with Avalanche last season

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Nail Yakupov, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, signed a one-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old forward, who was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers, had 136 points (62 goals, 74 assists) in 350 NHL games with the Oilers, St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche. 

He had 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 58 games with the Avalanche last season and did not play during their six-game loss to the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference First Round.

Yakupov's 350 NHL games are the fewest played by a forward selected No. 1 from 1963 to 2012 who made it to the NHL. He joins Patrik Stefan (1999, 455 games) and Brian Lawton (1983, 483 games) as the only forwards to play fewer than 500 NHL games after being selected No. 1 in that span and making it to the NHL.

Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon, selected No. 1 in 2013, has played 374 NHL games.

Yakupov was an unrestricted free agent.

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