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Edmonton drafts Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Updated: June 25, 2011, 1:39 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins took center stage when the Edmonton Oilers made him the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft.

It was quite fitting. Center was clearly the coveted position as player after player came off the board.

Nugent-Hopkins was the first to go Friday night, starting a run of pivots with six of the first eight selections. Then came the defensemen, with six being chosen in the top 14. After that came a couple of eyebrow-raising trades.

Nugent-Hopkins, ...

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