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Russian goes No. 1

Published 06/23/2012, The Jamestown Sun

Nail Yakupov grew up idolizing Pavel Bure. The 18-year-old Yakupov is already one up on the Russian Rocket. The Edmonton Oilers selected the dynamic forward with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft on Friday night, hoping Yakupov is the next piece of a core that includes center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and winger Taylor Hall, the top picks in the previous two drafts.

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