Found June 23, 2012 on Talk Hockey:

Oilers select Nail Yakupov with first overall pick

The Nail Yakupov sweepstakes came to an end yesterday as the Edmonton Oilers picked the 18 year Russian star with  their first overall pick. The Oilers added just another asset to the long list of their young stars. With guys like Yakupov, Hopkins, Hall, Eberle - all under the age of 23 - it'll be pretty hard to get the first overall pick for the fourth consecutive year come draft time 2013.

“I’m excited and I can’t believe it,” Yakupov said shortly after putting on an Oilers jersey for the first time. “My parents are excited – they’re crying... I wanted to cry, too.”

For the rest of the first round, here is a list of all the selections...

First round draft recap

1st round by the numbers...
Nationalities: 14 Canadians, 6 Americans, 3 Russians, 2 Swedes, 2 Finns, 2 Czechs, 1 Latvian
Positions: 13 Defensemen, 10 Centres, 2 Right Wingers, 2 Left Wingers, 2 Goalies, 1 C/RW

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