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Yakupov excited to join Blues: 'I don't know what winning is'

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For Nail Yakupov, it wasn't a case of if he'd be traded, but where he'd be dealt.

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The Edmonton Oilers shipped the former first overall pick to the St. Louis Blues on Friday, a team Yakupov was surprised to find out was in the mix for his services.

"I think it's a good thing for me," Yakupov said. "I was expecting something. I didn't expect it was going to be St. Louis."

For Yakupov - who hasn't eclipsed the 17-goal mark he reached in his rookie campaign - he feels a change of scenery could be just what he needs, especially leaving a team that seldom won hockey games.

"This is first time I've played on (a) really, really good team," Yakupov said, according to Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I think it's awesome, I don't know what winning is."

The forward added, "It's going to be a great move for me and I get to play with one of the best teams in the league. I'm looking forward to it."

Yakupov has amassed 50 goals and 111 points in 252 career games.

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