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Yakupov Tops List of 26 World Junior A Challenge Alumni Selected at 2012 NHL Entry Draft
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June 25, 2012
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For the first time ever, an alumnus of the World Junior A Challenge was the first-overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft after Nail Yakupov was taken with the top pick by the Edmonton Oilers at the 2012 draft in Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Yakupov represented Russia as a 16-year-old at the 2009 tournament in Summerside, P.E.I., scoring twice and adding one assist in four games as the Russians took home the bronze medal.

He is the highest-drafted WJAC alumnus since Kyle Turris was taken third overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007.

Yakupov was the first of five alumni to hear their names called in the first round, which ties a record set at the 2010 draft, and the first of 26 overall, second most at a single draft, after the 28 selected in 2010.

Included in that number are seven members of the gold medal-winning Canada West entry from the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, four of the six players who earned berths on the tournament all-star team in Langley, B.C., and MVP Devin Shore, who was taken with the last pick of the second round, 61st overall by the Dallas Stars.

Since the first World Junior A Challenge in Yorkton and Humboldt, Sask., in 2006, 151 drafted players have taken part in the tournament, either prior to their selection or during the seasons following.

  • 1ST ROUND

  • Nail Yakupov | 1st overall, Edmonton | 2009 – Russia
  • Hampus Lindholm | 6th overall, Anaheim | 2011 – Sweden
  • Mikhail Grigorenko | 12th overall, Buffalo | 2010 – Russia
  • Andrei Vasilevski | 19th overall, Tampa Bay | 2011 – Russia
  • Jordan Schmaltz | 25th overall, St. Louis | 2010-2011 – United States
  • 2ND ROUND

  • Oscar Dansk | 31st overall, Columbus | 2011 – Sweden
  • Devin Shore | 61st overall, Dallas | 2011 – Canada East
  • 3RD ROUND

  • Jujhar Khaira | 63rd overall, Edmonton | 2011 – Canada West
  • Colton Parayko | 86th overall, St. Louis | 2011 – Canada West
  • 4TH ROUND

  • Erik Karlsson | 99th overall, Carolina | 2011 – Sweden
  • Rhett Holland | 102nd overall, Phoenix | 2010-2011 – Canada West
  • Sean Maguire | 113th overall, Pittsburgh | 2011 – Canada West
  • Calle Andersson | 119th overall, N.Y. Rangers | 2011 – Sweden
  • 5TH ROUND

  • Joey LaLeggia | 123rd overall, Edmonton | 2009-2010 – Canada West
  • Brian Cooper | 127th overall, Anaheim | 2010-2011 – United States
  • Reece Willcox | 141st overall, Philadelphia | 2011 – Canada West
  • Ben Hutton | 147th overall, Vancouver | 2011 – Canada East
  • Alex Kerfoot | 150th overall, New Jersey | 2011 – Canada West
  • 6TH ROUND

  • Vince Hinostroza | 169th overall, Chicago | 2011 – United States
  • Wesley Myron | 177th overall, Vancouver | 2011 – Canada West
  • 7TH ROUND

  • Marek Langhamer | 184th overall, Phoenix | 2011 – Czech Republic
  • Joakim Ryan | 198th overall, San Jose | 2010 – Sweden
  • Valeri Vasiliev | 201st overall, Philadelphia | 2011 – Russia
  • Nikita Gusev | 202nd overall, Tampa Bay | 2009 – Russia
  • Sergei Kostenko | 203rd overall, Washington | 2009 – Russia

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