Nail Yakupov is no longer in limbo; he's back in the lineup for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.

The Edmonton Oilers prized draft pick has been cleared to resume play with the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League club.

Hockey Canada issued the following statement late Friday night: "Hockey Canada and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation have announced that the (Ontario Hockey League) has determined that Yakupov had no independent legal advice when, at the age of 17 years old, he signed his contract with Sarnia. His release goes into effect immediately."

Last week, Yakupov was suspended for playing without a mandatory international transfer card -- a card Hockey Canada would not sign because he had a contractual commitment to the OHL's Sarnia Sting that extended through 2013.

As a consequence, the International Ice Hockey Federation stepped in and fined Yakupov's team $5,200 for letting him play two games without the proper paper work.