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Oilers select Nail Yakupov with first overall pick

Consensus No. 1-ranked skater scored 31 goals, 69 points with Sarnia (OHL) last year

Friday, 22.06.2012 / 7:00 PM / 2014 NHL Entry Draft
By Edmonton Oilers Press Release
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Oilers select Nail Yakupov with first overall pick


General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers, with the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft have selected Nail Yakupov from the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.

Yakupov, in his second season with the Sting, played in 42 games collecting 69 points (31G, 38A).
 
In 2010-11 the 5’11”, 190-pound right-winger recorded 101 points (49G, 52A) in 65 games. That year he was named the OHL Rookie of the Month three times as well as the OHL Rookie of the Year and BMO Rookie of the Year in the CHL.

Yakupov, who hails from Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan, was part of Team Russia in the 2011 World Junior U18 Championship. He collected 13 points (6G, 7A) and scored a hat trick in the bronze-medal game, including an empty-net goal with four seconds left, helping defeat Team Canada 6-4.

Yakupov was also part of the 2012 World Junior Championship with Team Russia that lost 1-0 to Sweden in the gold medal game, acquiring a silver medal. In seven games he had a team-high nine assists and was +5.

Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, Cenovus Energy and Ford.

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NAIL YAKUPOV PROFILE:

NAIL YAKUPOV
North American Skater
SARNIA, OHL
Final Rank:  1 Midterm Rank:  1
Position:  RIGHT WING
Shoots:  LEFT
Height:  5' 10"
Weight:  189
Born:  OCTOBER 6, 1993
Hometown:  NIZHNEKAMSK, RUS
Born in:  NIZHNEKAMSK, RUS


NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
"His first step and ability to control bouncing pucks, knock them down and make a play are the best of any of the guys in the draft, in my opinion. He really gets up to top speed very quickly and his hands are outstanding. Like Pavel Bure, Yakupov is dangerous every shift. He may not have been dominant on every shift like Bure was, but he created something every shift … you have to be aware where he is on the ice all the time."

MORE ON YAKUPOV


FAVOURITES
  • NHL team: Detroit and Vancouver
  • NHL player: Pavel Bure, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby
  • Shootout move: "It’s a secret"
  • Goal celebration: "I love to celebrate"
  • Video game: NHL '12
  • TV show: NHL Hockey and Russian TV
  • Actor: Jason Statham
  • Website: nhl.com
  • Activity away from the rink: Hanging out with friends and teammates
  • Home-cooked meal: Pasta and chicken
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  • 7th overall - Darnell Nurse
  • 56th overall - Marc-Olivier Roy
  • 83rd overall - Bogdan Yakimov
  • 88th overall - Anton Slepyshev
  • 94th overall - Jackson Houck
  • 96th overall - Kyle Platzer
  • 113th overall - Aidan Muir
  • 128th overall - Evan Campbell
  • 158th overall - Ben Betker
  • 188th overall - Gregory Chase