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Edmonton Oilers Name Dallas Eakins Head Coach 

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images (EDMONTON, Alberta)  --  The Edmonton Oilers have hired Dallas Eakins to be their new head coach.

The 46-year-old Eakins replaces Ralph Krueger, who was fired at the end of the season.

"This isn't about winning one game or winning one season," Eakins said. "We want to be in the mix every year to win."

Eakins has his work cut out for him, as the Oilers have not made the playoffs since reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 2006.  He is their fourth head coach in the past five seasons.

The Oilers are a young team with former No. 1 picks Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nail Yakupov making up the team's nucleus.  Throw in veterans Jordan Eberle and Justin Schulz and Eakins may have inherited a team that is ready to take the next step towards competiting for a Stanley Cup Trophy.

Eakins spent the past four seasons with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, reaching the Calder Cup final in 2012.

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Oilers Take Yakupov with First Pick

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Edmonton Oilers selected 18-year-old Russian forward Nail Yakupov with the first pick in the NHL Draft Friday.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Yakupov played his last two seasons with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. During the 2010-2011 season, he scored 119 points for Sarnia. That broke the teams rookie scoring record which was held by current Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos.

Yakupov thinks he can help the Oilers this season.

"I think yeah, why not?” said Yakupov. “I have lots of time for work in the summer and work with Edmonton, to try and make the team. I think I’m ready for the NHL.”

Yakupov is the first Russian to be selected first in the draft since Alex Ovechkin was in 2004. He is the Oilers third straight number one pick.

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