NHL Draft 2012 Wraps Up In Record Time: 181 Players Drafted In Under 3 Hours

The NHL Draft is complete following a fast-paced Day 2. More: Full 2012 Draft Coverage

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2012 NHL Draft Grades: Western Conference

With Round 1 in the books, it's time to grade the Western Conference based on Friday night's action.

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Penguins Trade Zbynek Michalek To Coyotes For Prospects, Pick

The Penguins stayed busy late into the night on Friday, trading Zbynek Michalek to the Coyotes for a pick and two prospects.

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NHL Draft 2012: Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray, Alex Galchenyuk Join New Clubs

PITTSBURGH -- The lives of 30 young hockey players will change Friday night. Some of them are watching the first round of the NHL Draft on the edge of their Consol Energy Center seats, but for Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray and Alex Galchenyuk, the uncertainty of the evening went away pretty quickly.

Yakupov, as expected, was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers. Murray went No. 2 overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Galchenyuk went third overall to the Montreal Canadiens.

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First overall pick Nail Yakupov gives a radio interview.

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No. 2 overall pick Ryan Murray, No. 3 overall pick Alex Galchenyuk.

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NHL Draft 2012: Edmonton Oilers Select Nail Yakupov With No. 1 Pick

With the No. 1 pick in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, the Edmonton Oilers have selected Nail Yakupov, a right wing from the OHL's Sarnia Sting and a native of Nizhnekamsk, Russia.

Ranked No. 1 among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting and No. 1 among all prospects by TSN, Yakupov remained the consensus big prize of the Draft despite an injury-plagued 2011-12 season in major junior. During the season, though, he scored 69 points (31 goals and 38 assists) in just 42 games, while putting up nine points for Russia's silver medal-winning team at the World Junior Championships. This came after a rookie season in which he scored 101 points in 65 games, the most for an OHL rookie since Patrick Kane.

Yakupov is known as a great skater, and was noted by TSN's Craig Button as the best in the 2012 draft. He's also been noted to have a high hockey IQ and is a solid playmaker. Some wonder if he has a reckless style that could make him injury prone throughout his career, but there's no question that Yakupov has the potential -- as much as anyone in this year's draft class -- to become a star in the NHL.

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NHL Draft 2013 To Be Hosted By New Jersey Devils; Philadelphia Flyers To Host 2014 Draft

The NHL announced Friday the host sites for the 2013 and 2014 NHL Drafts. The New Jersey Devils will host the event next June, and the Philadelphia Flyers will do the honors the year after.

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NHL Draft 2012: Nail Yakupov Has The Spotlight

Nail Yakupov is the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, but will the Edmonton Oilers select him?

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