Posted January 18, 2013 on
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The Canadian Press The Edmonton Oilers open the abbreviated NHL season Sunday with high hopes centered around a core of young sharpshooters, including No. 1 overall draft pick Nail Yakupov.
Rookie head coach Ralph Krueger says a fast start is critical, since the team has a 17-day, nine-game road trip in late February.
The 19-year-old Yakupov has worked hard in training camp, but he will be on the second line. The top line includes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall -- two top overall picks -- and Jordan Eberle.
The opener is Sunday night at Vancouver.
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