Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/26/11 at 02:38 PM ET
Once a junior-eligible rookie appears in 10 NHL games, the first year of his entry-level contract is used up so the nine-game mark is decision time. Those decisions, however, do not affect any players’ eligibility for the World Junior Hockey Championship. So even if a player were to stay in the NHL now, he could still be loaned to his national team for the holiday tournament.
That being said, there are still decisions that still need to be made:
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: The first pick in the draft in June has only been held off the scoresheet in three of the eight games that he’s played in thus far. The 18-year-old has notched five goals and three assists in that time and has regularly played on a line with 2010 first-overall selection Taylor Hall.
“No. Still nothing,” Nugent-Hopkins told the media on Monday about staying in Edmonton for the year. “Still just waiting. I’m going to go into (Tuesday) night and just play and see what happens after that.”
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