NHL: Staal traded
Last Updated: June 23, 2012 8:19am
Jordan Staal: Has been traded to the Hurricanes
The Edmonton Oilers have taken Russian forward Nail Yakupov with the number one pick in the NHL draft - but the big story came from Pittsburgh Penguins' decision to trade Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Staal recorded 25 goals and as many assists in 62 appearances last season but he had reportedly been stalling on a new contract.
And the Penguins opted to cash in on the 23-year-old - with the Hurricanes agreeing to trade center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall draft pick with which Pittsburgh chose Portland Winterhawks defenseman Derrick Pouliot.
Earlier, the Oilers had used their third successive overall top pick to take Yakupov, who scored 31 goals for the Sarnia Sting last season and a team record 49, and 101 points, the previous year.
Fellow Russian and Sarnia team-mate Alex Galchenyuk was taken by the Montreal Canadiens with the third overall pick, after the Columbus Blue Jackets used the second to sign Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray.
There were surprising picks at number six, where the Anaheim Ducks took Swedish defenseman Hampus Lindholm, and at 10 where Peterborough's Slater Koekkoek joined the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The pair formed part of a run of seven defensemen, with Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton to the New York Islanders) and Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw to the Toronto Maple Leafs) at four and five.
The seventh pick saw the Minnesota Wild take Red Deer's Matthew Dumba, while the Winnipeg Jets picked up USNTDP's highly-rated Jacob Trouba at nine.
The Washington Capitals finally ended the blue-line run by picking Filip Forsberg at 11, though the centre will stay in his native Sweden for the upcoming season.
The third Russian forward to be selected, Mikhail Grigorenko of Quebec, went to the Buffalo Sabres at 12 having been ranked third before the draft.
The sons of two former NHL players went later in the evening, with the Phoenix Coyotes picking their former assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson's son Henrik at 27.
The 29th pick saw the New Jersey Devils take Stefan Matteau, whose father and near-namesake Stephane scored the goal against them that earned the New York Rangers the 1994 Eastern Conference title.