Yakupov taken by Oilers with top pick in NHL draft
PITTSBURGH – Nail Yakupov is ready to live with the spotlight that comes with being a No. 1 pick.
On the night he was chosen first in the NHL draft, he had to share it when the host Pittsburgh Penguins traded popular forward Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes.
An hour after the Edmonton Oilers started the draft on Friday night by selecting the dynamic 18-year-old Russian forward with the top overall selection, the Penguins shook up the somewhat ho-hum proceedings by sending Staal to a reunion with his brother Eric in Carolina.
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