For the second time this year, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has traded away a former number one overall draft pick.
Nail Yakupov goes to the St. Louis Blues for 22-year-old centre Zach Pochiro and a conditional third round draft pick in 2017. The selection becomes a second-round choice in 2018 if Yakupov scores 15 or more goals during the 2016-17 season.
Pochiro was drafted 112th overall by the Blues in 2013. He has yet to play a game in the NHL.
Yakupov was taken first overall by the Oilers in 2012. He racked up 111 points in 252 games.
Also on Friday, the Oilers signed free agent defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year deal worth a reported $3.1-million. Russell, 29, has played in 573 NHL games, scoring 177 points. He spent last season with the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars.
The native of Caroline, Alberta, has represented Canada on five occasions, winning gold twice at the World Junior Hockey Championship (2006, 2007), and playing at the World Hockey Championship in 2010 and 2012. He was drafted 67th overall by Columbus in 2005. (jrw)