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Yakupov's Blues impression

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley /

A familiar face returned to Edmonton this evening as Nail Yakupov made an impact with his St. Louis Blues on the forward line.

First to break the ice, Yakupov edged the Blues forward to give them a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the second. 

"He's been a huge addition to our team," said Blues goaltender Jake Allen. "I think this new start for him is going to be huge. He's already shown the first five games that he's an elite player in this league. I know that it didn't turn out the way he hoped, he liked it here in Edmonton - he's getting a new opportunity with us and he's really making the most of it." 

The Russian forward continued to press the Oilers defensive zone, rushing Edmonton's net and going for a pocket backhand but the puck hit Cam Talbot's post, glove-side, and deflected out. 

"He's getting better and better every game," said Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. "We really like what he's got, he's got explosive speed. He could have scored a second goal but he's really competing at a high level, we really like what he's bringing to our team, he's bringing a lot."

The Oilers acquired forward Zach Pochiro and a 2017 conditional third-round draft choice from the Blues in exchange for forward Nail Yakupov in early October. 

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