The Edmonton Oilers took Nail Yakupov, a Russian forward from the Sarnia Sting, as the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Friday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Yakupov scored 170 points in 107 games in two seasons for the Sting. He has been compared to fellow Russian Pavel Bure for his speed, shot and offensive abilities.
Bure, a right winger, played 12 years in the NHL.
Yakupov was not considered to be the consensus No. 1 pick, even though he was ranked No. 1 by NHL Central Scouting for several months.
The Oilers have strength at forward with young talent including Ryan Nugent Hopkins (No. 1 overall pick in 2011), Taylor Hall (No. 1 overall in 2010) and Jordan Eberle (No. 22 overall in 2008). They also have Alex Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Sam Gagner, who is a restricted free agent.
"He's dangerous and he's hungry to score goals," general manager Steve Tambellini said of Yakupov.
Yakupov is the first Russian-born player selected No. 1 overall since Alex Ovechkin was taken by the Washington Capitals in 2004.
There were also some trades early in the draft that included big names. The Anaheim Ducks traded Lubomir Visnovsky to the New York Islanders for a second-round pick next year.
The Washington Capitals got forward Mike Ribiero from the Dallas Stars for Cody Eakins and a draft pick.
In a swap of draft picks, the Calgary Flames sent the Buffalo Sabres the 14th overall pick for a first rounder (21st overall) and a second rounder (42st overall).
The Columbus Blue Jackets traded their second and fourth round picks and next year's fourth rounder for Philadelphia Flyers backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Columbus then took big defenseman Ryan Murray from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League with the second pick. Murray played for Team Canada in this year's World Championships. He was the only non-NHL player on the roster.
The Montreal Canadiens took Alex Galchenyuk No. 3. He is the Sarnia Sting's other forward expected to be drafted. Galchenyuk was the first pick of new Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, who took over this spring.
The New York Islanders selected defensemen Griffin Reinhart fourth. Reinhart had 12 goals and 24 assists in 58 games for Edmonton of the WHL last season.
The fifth pick went to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who took defenseman Morgan Rielly. Rielly was limited to just 18 games for Moose Jaw of the WHL last season as he had a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
With the sixth pick, the Anaheim Ducks took defenseman Hampus Lindholm of Sweden.
Defenseman Mathew Dumba went seventh to the Minnesota Wild.
The Carolina Hurricanes acquired center Jordan Staal from the Pittsburgh Penguins for center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8 pick.
The Penguins used that pick to take defenseman Derrick Pouliot.
The Winnipeg Jets took American defenseman Jacob Trouba with the No. 9 choice. Trouba has committed to play at the University of Michigan in the fall.