VIDEO: One-on-one with Edmonton Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov

Despite loads of speculation the Edmonton Oilers would select a defenseman with the No. 1 overall pick in this past June’s draft, the team went with the consensus top prospect, Nail Yakupov.

The kid with a beaming smile and zealous attitude may have his NHL debut pushed back by a lockout, but whenever he does hit NHL ice for the first time, Edmonton fans will have yet another explosive, electric talent to get excited about.

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THN’s Ryan Kennedy caught up with Yakupov at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

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