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From Sportsnet's Scott Lewis:
The Edmonton Oilers‘ win over the Florida Panthers Monday did not come without a loss.
Centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins suffered a significant hand injury and will be out of the lineup long-term, head coach Todd McLellan announced following the game.
Nugent-Hopkins left the game in the second period and did not return.
The 22-year-old has eight goals and 22 assists in 46 games this season.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Is it time for your experience to lead to higher expectations for yourself and the Oilers?
"As goes for the rest of the guys, we're not that young, inexperienced team anymore. We still have young guys, but we have a lot more experience now. We have to find a way to take a big step this year. We have some key pieces coming into place and that should help us along, obviously, but we have to find a way to make that jump. We can't just always fall back on being that young team and not put those expectations on ourselves and each other. We have to expect ourselves to be at the top of the League, making a push for the playoffs and to be competitive every night."
Is the pressure on in Edmonton now? Do you feel it? Is it real? Do you want it?
"Exactly. This doesn't happen all the time that you get this many first overall draft picks in a span of six years. There are expectations for us to make a jump and with Todd [McLellan] coming in [as coach]. He's an experienced guy, been around the League, and I think that's going to help us a lot, having that experience. Most of us have a few years in the League now too, so I think it'll be a big help to us to have a guy like Todd there now."
From Sportsnet's Mark Spector:
It’s the middle of August, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins already knows what it’s going to be like for an Edmonton Oiler this coming season. At a media availability at an Oilers hockey school, almost every question asked of Nugent-Hopkins riffed off of the incoming star Connor McDavid.
“A big thing for me coming into the league was how much different it is on the defensive side of things compared to junior. If anything, I’m going to try to help him out with that side of things,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “He’s a pretty gifted offensive guy, so I don’t think he’ll have any problem with that.”
RNH was a No. 1 overall pick himself, back in 2011. “It seems like a long time ago, but these four years, they’ve gone by pretty fast. It’s hard to believe I’m going into my fifth year.”
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
This just in from Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur from TSN’s The Reporters, a suggestion that the Edmonton Oilers can’t count on new acquisition Cam Talbot, so should have offered up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in a trade for Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.
Here’s how the conversation played out as the sportswriters described the key moves at the NHL trade deadline:
Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons: “I like the move that sends Cam Talbot to Edmonton. Edmonton is now Canada’s team. They’ve become that. Connor McDavid is going there. Peter Chiarelli is there. (Todd) McLellan is there. They’re putting all the pieces in place. They had to trade for Talbot in New York. We don’t know what it’s like to go from playing behind one of the best defences in the NHL to playing behind one of the worst, but we’re going to find that out. We’re going to find out whether this guy is real or whether he’s not. Because if Edmonton has real goaltending, they’ve got chance to do some business.”
“That’s a lot of pressure in Cam Tablbot,” countered Arthur. “We don’t know what he is really. He doesn’t have a huge NHL resume. If I was the Oilers, I would have called Boston, I would have said, ‘How much for Tuukka Rask?’ If it’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, I’d do it. Because that’s one of the five goaltenders you can depend on year after year. Cam Talbot? They’re panning for gold a little bit. But the pressure is on Edmonton to produce while Connor McDavid is on an Entry Level Contract.”
Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated added:
As Edmonton Coach Tom Renney says, he just fell down.
Watch how the injury occured. RNH left the arena last night with his arm in a sling.
from Doug McIntyre of ESPN The Magazine,
An elusive, skinny lefthanded playmaker taking Edmonton by storm? Comparisons to Wayne Gretzky seem inevitable, but Nugent-Hopkins’ coach in Red Deer sees a different parallel. “I played with Pavel Datsyuk,” says Jesse Wallin, referring to the Red Wings’ three-time All-Star. “That’s really who Hoppy reminds me of. He’s so strong on his blades, and his ability to avoid checks is as good as anybody I’ve seen.”
Anxious Winnipeggers couldn’t have asked for much more from their rookies and prospects at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton last night. All that was missing from the Jets’ near-perfect 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks prospects were the official uniforms (the team wore white modified practice jerseys).
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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a fan and media draw during his time at the Team Canada development camp and Red and White games in Edmonton and Fort McMurray August 3-7th, but that should come as little surprise to anyone. Nugent-Hopkins has been a great hockey player at all levels he has played up to this point. Nugent-Hopkins was captain of the Burnaby Winter Club Bruins, led that team to many championships and won several MVP honours himself including the Mac’s Midget Tournament. When drafted by the Red Deer Rebels in 2008, young Nugent-Hopkins was drafted first overall. Starting as an underage player with the Rebels, Nugent-Hopkins was quick to win over to win over the fans that frequent the Red Deer Arena.
This spring, Team Canada named Vancouver Giant’s head coach Don Hay to coach the 2012 Team Canada World Junior team. The last time the championships were in Alberta, Canada took the gold. Coincidently, Don Hay was the team’s head coach. 1995 was also a year that a young Ryan Smyth played for Team Canada. Through the seven games played, Smyth scored 2 goals and 5 assists.
The Sunday night crowd in Fort McMurray was large for Team Canada’s second consecutive night of split squad action. The newly renovated Casman Cenre was unsurprisingly sold out. Not many hockey fans can pass up a live game of this caliber on an August night. The city of Fort McMurray currently hosts an AJHL team, the Oil Barons and I often wonder if they might support a WHL team some day.
“Today is the best day of my life!” Proclaimed Noah, a young Edmonton Journal contest winner. His prize, a chance to watch the Team Canada U20 game from the pressbox, a behind the scenes tour and memories to last a lifetime. “We got to meet Ryan Smyth!” The contest winner, with his youthful smile and energy went on. There were two winners of this contest, and thankfully only one broke my heart when he told me that he was not an Oilers fan. The list of teams he does cheer for was long, and one team pains me too much to even type. Each winner was dressed in a team Canada hockey sweater signed by the players at this camp, one red and the other white.These of course were far from the only youths in attendance at this event and it is wonderful to see so many who still dream of playing hockey at it’s highest levels and not for the contracts, but for the sheer love of the game.
It’s a rainy, muggy morning in the City of Champions, and hockey fans were arriving long before the 9:30am start time to team white’s practice. The Oilers’ faithful, the friends the family, and general supporters of the nation’s favourite pass-time, are all in attendance.
The reason of course for the draw to a practise is likely to do the free sneak preview of Oiler’s prospects Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tyler Bunz. Surely a name like Sean Couturier doesn’t exactly make fans shy away. To have this opportunity to see such high profile, top picked prospects is an excellent use of a Saturday morning in August, in the hockey crazed city of Edmonton, Alberta. Days like this, I truly feel like an Edmontonian, let alone a Canadian.
Edmonton - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a three-year NHL entry level contract.
Nugent-Hopkins, who was drafted first overall by the Oilers on June 24th at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota, will put on an Oilers jersey for the first time starting Monday when he participates in the Oilers 2011 Development Camp at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park.