Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/22/12
The Edmonton Oilers took Nail Yakupov, a Russian forward from the Sarnia Sting, as the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Friday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Yakupov scored 170 points in 107 games in two seasons for the Sting. He has been compared to fellow Russian Pavel Bure for his speed, shot and offensive abilities. Bure, a right winger, played 12 years in the NHL. Yakupov was not considered to be the consensus No. 1 pick, even though he was ranked No. 1 by NHL Central Scouting for several months. The Oilers have strength at forward with young talent including Ryan Nugent Hopkins (No. 1 overall pick in 2011), Taylor Hall (No. 1 overall in 2010) and Jordan Eberle (No. 22 overall in 2008). They also have Alex Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Sam Gagner, who is a restricted free agent. "He's dangerous and he's hungry to score goals," general manager Steve Tambellini said of Yakupov. There were also a pair of trades early in the draft that included big names. The Anaheim...
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